Motorola Moto X Force Review: Handle Without Care: Performance

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Performance

The Moto X Force packs a hefty punch with the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 chipset. The Adreno 430 pairs very nicely with the latter for a smooth UI experience. Sure, there is the newer and cooler Snapdragon 820 chip, but let's not foracquire that the Moto X Force originally launched late last year when the 810 was still Qualcomm's greatest mass-production SoC around.


So, the Moto X Force offers an octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5Giga Hertz (GHz) and 4x Cortex-A57 @ 2.0GHz. There are also 3 gigs of RAM.

GeekBench 3 single-core score put the Moto X Force around the bottom of the chart as it tests a single Cortex-A53 core, which is quite outdated.

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GeekBench 3 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • HTC 10

    2368

  • LG G5

    2328

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    2305

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    2170

  • Huawei P9

    1819

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    1490

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    1363

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    1273

The multi-core performance is on par with the last year's Exynos chips, but behind the S820 phones (Mi 5, G5, HTC 10). The custom Kryo cores inside those are paying off (remember, there are only four of those in a Snapdragon 820, while the Snapdragon 810 is an eight-core main processor).

GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Huawei P9

    6558

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    6360

  • LG G5

    5362

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    5358

  • HTC 10

    5257

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    5158

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    4693

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4539

  • LG V10

    3607

  • LG G Flex2

    3604

  • Moto X Pure Edition

    3433

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    2608

The compound AnTuTu benchimprint puts the X Force on par with the Nexus 6P, which runs on the same chipset. The latest crop of flagships does noticeably better though.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • HTC 10

    154031

  • LG G5

    134541

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    132084

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    131758

  • Huawei P9

    98069

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    89345

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    87290

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    83167

  • LG V10

    67547

We see the same results in the compound BaseMark Operating System (OS) II 2.0 test. The Moto X Force is around the bottom, on par with the S810-powered G Flex2 and Galaxy S6's Exynos. The latest flagships are faster by a significant margin.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    2180

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    2128

  • Huawei P9

    2068

  • LG G5

    2065

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    2040

  • HTC 10

    1839

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    1789

  • LG G Flex2

    1726

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    1669

  • LG V10

    1383

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    809

There is a newer generation of Adreno GPU already, which is better equipped to handle Quad HD resolution. Still the S810's Adreno 430 model is quite a powerful and snappy GPU and will handle the graphic-demanding tasks with ease.

The offclassy screen test reveals the 30% raw power gap between the Adreno 530 (Mi 5, HTC 10, G5) and the Moto X Force's Adreno 430.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC 10

    31

  • LG G5

    30

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    30

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    28

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    20

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    17

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    15

  • Moto X Pure Edition

    10

  • Huawei P9

    10

  • LG V10

    10

When it comes to onclassy screen Quad HD resolution, the Adreno 430 is actually very close to what the G5 and HTC 10 score with the newer Adreno 530. The Mi 5 is on top becautilize it runs on 1080p resolution.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    29

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    15

  • LG G5

    15

  • HTC 10

    15

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    12

  • Huawei P9

    11

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    11

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    6.6

  • LG V10

    5.7

  • Moto X Pure Edition

    5.6

The BaseMark X puts the X Force on par with the HTC 10 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, which is odd, but proves the GPU is very capable. BaseMark ES 3.1 GPU test also shows a better result than the Nexus 6P, and not far behind the Mi 5.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    33110

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    32345

  • LG G5

    29456

  • HTC 10

    28882

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    26697

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    26333

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    22825

  • LG G Flex2

    19360

  • Huawei P9

    16942

  • LG V10

    15161

  • Moto X Pure Edition

    14598

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    5032

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    732

  • LG G5

    587

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    580

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    525

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    504

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    348

  • Huawei P9

    341

  • LG V10

    297

The fine news is the Motorola Moto X Force and its Snapdragon 810 provide a flagship-grade performance even though it's not chart topping. There isn't a single task the Force can't handle, and all available games to date will run hassle-free.

Android Marshmallow runs butter-smooth, too, so there is nothing to worry about either.

The Snapdragon 810 chip was plagued by overheating issues, and while it is now in its second (improved) revision, those are still possible. Luckily, the Moto X Force handles thermal distribution very well and there is no throttling even when the phone gets hot.

And the poor news is, the Moto X Force indeed gets hot when under pressure. Its metal frame and ballistic nylon rear cover acquire uncomfortably warm. But that's it - there is no overheating or performance throttling.


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