Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Fab Five: Synthetic Benchmarks

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Synthetic benchmarks

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is based on a elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset (MSM8974AC). Some clarification is due since not all 801 chipsets are created equal. The MSM8974 is the base Snapdragon 800 chipset, while MSM8974AB overclocks the GPU and gets the Snapdragon 801 badge.

The MSM8974AC goes a step further and clocks the Central Processing Units (CPU) higher too. Also worth pointing out, on the KitKat software, Samsung has removed the benchimprint detection and overclocking, so if the Galaxy S5 doesn't trounce the Galaxy Note 3 it's becautilize it's showing real performance.

Surprisingly, Benchimprint Pi isn't showing much incompatibility between the Galaxy S4 and S5. We'll chalk this off to the benchimprint being recent as Linpack and Geekbench 3 show a definite improvement. Geekbench in particular puts the Galaxy S5 on top, while Linpack places it within a percent of Snapdragon 800 devices (some of which may have been engaged in benchmark-specific overclocking).

Update: We re-ran some benchmarks after the Galaxy S5 was updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can find more details here.

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Benchimprint Pi

Lower is better

  • LG G Flex

    99

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    99

  • LG G2

    99

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    104

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    115

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    115

  • HTC One (M8)

    121

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    128

  • HTC One Max

    131

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    132

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    132

  • LG G Pro 2

    141

  • LG Nexus 5

    146

  • HTC One

    151

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    166

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    183

Linpack

Higher is better

  • LG G Flex

    1102

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    1081

  • LG G2

    1054

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    1034

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1010

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    1004

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    992

  • HTC One (M8)

    992

  • LG G Pro 2

    818

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    791

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    788

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    743

  • HTC One

    646

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    413

  • LG Nexus 5

    393

Geekbench 3

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Lollipop)

    3120

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3011

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    2968

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    2937

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    2670

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2638

  • LG G Pro 2

    2585

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    2561

  • LG Nexus 5

    2453

  • HTC One (M8)

    2367

  • LG G Flex

    2254

  • LG G2

    2243

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    2172

  • HTC One

    1972

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    1869

We also traditionally put the reviewed phones through the Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II. Rightware distributes anti-cheat versions of their popular Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (for general performance) and Baseimprint X (for 3D performance) tests. We've run both version and we found Samsung Galaxy S5 scores equally, which means the company isn't using any tricks to boost the benchmarks' overall performance.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • Oppo Find 7

    1212

  • OnePlus One

    1196

  • LG G3 16GB (2GB RAM, int'l)

    1151

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Lollipop)

    1147

  • HTC One (M8)

    1126

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    1082

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1080

  • Oppo Find 7a

    1057

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Find 7

    2606

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2580

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Lollipop)

    2510

  • HTC One (M8)

    2428

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    2415

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    2253

  • OnePlus One

    2213

  • LG G3 16GB (2GB RAM, int'l)

    2137

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Oppo Find 7

    10391

  • Oppo Find 7a

    10256

  • OnePlus One

    10234

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    10063

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    10044

  • LG G3 16GB (2GB RAM, int'l)

    9937

  • HTC One (M8)

    9860

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Lollipop)

    9646

Compound benchmarks - Quadrant and AnTuTu 4 - show more confidence in Galaxy S5. Quadrant gives Samsung's recent flagship a huge advantage over the S800 competition, and virtually on par with the HTC One (M8).

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    25044

  • HTC One (M8)

    25035

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    21618

  • LG G Flex

    20521

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    20388

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    20052

  • LG G Pro 2

    20010

  • LG G2

    19815

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    18177

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    12446

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    12376

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    12105

  • HTC One

    11746

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    11404

  • LG Nexus 5

    8844

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    7153

AnTuTu 4

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)

    37009

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    36018

  • LG G Flex

    35831

  • LG G2

    35444

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    34527

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    32162

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    31109

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    30850

  • LG G Pro 2

    29603

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    29185

  • Samsung Galaxy S4

    27613

  • HTC One

    26389

  • LG Nexus 5

    25097

When it comes to offclassy screen benchmarks, the High clock speed of the recent Adreno 330 easily pushes it on top, but classy screen resolution has to be taken into account.

GFX Benchimprint 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)

    28.4

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    27.8

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Lollipop)

    27

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    26.3

  • LG Nexus 5

    23

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    23

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    23

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    23

  • LG G Pro 2

    22.9

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    22

  • LG G Flex

    22

  • LG G2

    22

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    17.1

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)

    17.1

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    6.4

GFX Benchimprint 3.0 Manhattan (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Lollipop)

    12

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    11.8

  • HTC One (M8)

    11.1

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    9.9

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    9

  • LG G Pro 2

    8.7

  • LG Nexus 5

    8.5

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.7

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    1.9

Lower resolution phones (720p or so) like the Xperia Z1 Compact and iPhone 5s climb on top, but as far as 1080p devices go, the Galaxy S5 is only matched by the HTC One (M8) on the GFXBench suite. Epic Citadel places it a bit lower though it's within a couple of percent.

GFX Benchimprint 2.7 T-Rex (1080p on-screen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    37

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    34

  • LG G Flex

    33

  • HTC One (M8)

    30.1

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    28.1

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Lollipop)

    28

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    26.7

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    25

  • LG G Pro 2

    24.1

  • LG Nexus 5

    24

  • LG G2

    23.1

GFX Benchimprint 3.0 Manhattan (1080p on-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Lollipop)

    12

  • HTC One (M8)

    11.9

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    11.7

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    10

  • LG G Pro 2

    9.2

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

    5

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    4.7

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)

    59

  • LG G Flex

    56

  • Sony Xperia Z

    55.6

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    54.8

  • LG G Pro 2

    54.1

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    54

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    53.7

  • LG Nexus 5

    49.1

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    49

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    37.2

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    32

Samsung tweaked the stock Android browser, which clearly shows in the web benchmarks. The Samsung Galaxy S5 trades blows with the Apple iPhone 5s. Apple's iDevices have long set the standard in web performance, but classy screen resolution plays a role in BrowserMark 2 as the Galaxy S5 renders pages at over twice the resolution.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    379

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    403

  • LG G Pro 2

    535.5

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    567.9

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    587

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    750

  • HTC One (M8)

    780

  • LG Nexus 5

    827

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    845

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    855

  • LG G2

    908

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    1046

  • HTC One

    1174

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3549

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3529

  • HTC One (M8)

    3213

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3172

  • LG G Pro 2

    3048

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3041

  • LG Nexus 5

    2745

  • LG G2

    2718

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    2600

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)

    2438

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    2419

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2398

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    2314

  • HTC One

    2262

So, is the recent chipset worth it over the Galaxy S4 chipset? The Galaxy S5 is indeed faster than its predecessor in all relevant areas. Gaming performance is the headlining change here - the recent phone offers significant advantages over the recent one, which will enable more advanced games.

Overall performance has received a boost too, but you might not notice it in general usage where most apps are lightweight and fairly passive (say, a messenger). Still, if you have two heavier apps, the Galaxy S5 will run them side by side with Multi Window without breaking a sweat.


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