Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra's Adreno 740 GPU thrashes S22 Ultra's Adreno 730 in Vulkan by over 56%
The integrated graphics component for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset), the Qualcomm Adreno 740, looks set to be one of the smartphone’s potentially surprise packages in terms of performance levels. Reports about the iGPU have already revealed that the Adreno 740 can even outmuscle the Apple A16 Bionic’s GPU, which is no mean feat as Apple’s SoCs are usually perceived to be superior in this department. The Adreno 740 recently clocked a score of 10,744 on Vulkan over at Geekbench, with five records providing enough information to form an average score of 9,844 (9,802 when removing highest and lowest outliers).
This average score for the Galaxy S23 Ultra and its Adreno 740 is enough to put the Galaxy S22 Ultra with its Adreno 730 iGPU to shame. Geekbench currently records an average of 6,233 for the Adreno 730 in Vulkan, although it needs to be pointed out that this covers any smartphone with this particular chipset and not just the S22 Ultra. However, the average score from the most recent S22 Ultra results is actually 6,276, so the overall figure for the Adreno 730 is similar anyway. It’s worth mentioning just how well the AMD-assisted Samsung Xclipse 920 does here, with this particular GPU turning up in the Exynos 2200 chipset that was used in the Europe Galaxy S22 Ultra models. The average for the part featuring RDNA2 architecture is 8,418 in Vulkan on Geekbench.
However, this is about Adreno 740 vs. Adreno 730 and S23 Ultra vs. S22 Ultra without any concern about Global/Europe chipset differences. The 9,844 average of the former is a huge +57.93% improvement over the average of the latter, and it is still +56.85% beyond the average of the most recent S22 Ultra/Adreno 730 benchmark results. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and its powerful Adreno 740 GPU has been produced by TSMC (4 nm N4) while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with Adreno 730 was fabricated by Samsung (4 nm 4LPE). It seems like it was a smart idea for Samsung to not show any hard feelings when it came to blessing the upcoming Galaxy S23 series with chips manufactured by a rival semiconductor foundry, although lack of choice would have been a deciding factor.