Pixel 5 sees dramatically improved GPU performance after April patch

Pictures of the Pixel 5.
Enlarge / Our Pixel 5 got here on this funky inexperienced model.

Ron Amadeo

Practically six months after the discharge of the Pixel 5, Google has revamped the best way the GPU works, bringing the telephone as much as the extent you’d count on from a Snapdragon 765G telephone. The April 2021 safety replace for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) got here with a note saying that it contains “efficiency optimizations for sure graphics-intensive apps & video games.” Palms-on testing reveals the replace apparently dramatically improves the Pixel 5 GPU, reportedly exhibiting efficiency good points of as much as 50 p.c in some apps and benchmarks.

We do not have a Pixel 5 available to check, however Andreas Proschofsky from Der Commonplace tipped off the Web that he is seeing “30-50 p.c higher” efficiency in 3DMark after the replace. Andrei Frumusanu from Anandtech confirmed “efficiency has been primarily doubled from the scores printed [in Anandtech’s review], and in line or higher than different 765G telephones,” including that “the actual fact it took 6 months is gloomy, although.” Hmm. Sure.

It may appear unimaginable so as to add 50 p.c higher efficiency from a mere software program replace, however Google is simply fixing the horrible state of the launch telephone. There was merely that a lot room for enchancment relative to different telephones. Once we reviewed the gadget, we referred to as it “the world’s slowest Snapdragon 765G telephone,” noting that different Snapdragon 765G smartphones just like the OnePlus Nord might wipe the ground with the gadget in head-to-head GPU benchmarks. It wasn’t an important search for the Pixel 5, which was already dealing with a swap to mid-range that meant it could be slower than the Pixel four. Benchmarks enable us to place precise numbers on the modifications, however this is not a trick of benchmarking; the numbers mirrored real-world efficiency when it got here to 3D gaming, which was horrible on the Pixel 5.

Google says the April 2021 safety replace additionally comes with digicam high quality enhancements for third-party apps, a repair for a difficulty that will trigger freezing on startup, and a repair for some lacking residence display screen settings. The replace must be rolling out now to Pixel telephones—simply mash that replace button.