Samsung’s Exynos 2200 and its RDNA 2-powered Xclipse 920 GPU were supposed to be one of the key highlights of the Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone. However, the closer we get to the launch, the less impressive both seem. As per a review from Erdi Özüağ, the Xclipse 920 GPU on the Exynos 2200 is up to 35% slower than the Adreno GPU on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
In 3DMark Wildlife Extreme, the Xclipse 920 GPU on the Exynos 2200 is about 35% slower than the Adreno GPU powering the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The former manages an average frame rate of just 11 FPS, and the latter leads with 15. Furthermore, the AMD RDNA 2 GPU is less than one FPS faster than the Mali GPU on the Exynos 2100.
In 3DMark Wildlife, the Exynos 2200 nets 6.6 FPS on average, a good 40% slower than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (9.5 FPS). Once again, the RDNA 2 based Xclipse GPU is just 0.4 FPS faster than the Mali GPU powering the Exynos 2100.
Finally, we have GFXBench. In the 1080p Manhattan Offscreen, the S22 Ultra with the Exynos 2200 performs on par with its predecessor (with an average FPS of 176). The Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, meanwhile, scores an average of 230 FPS, giving it an advantage of 30% over the 2200.
There’s a possibility that the performance of the Xclipse 920 improves with software and firmware updates, but there’s only so much that can do. The other possible reasons are GPU clock throttling, low memory bandwidth, etc. Both these aspects are key to the performance of RDNA 2 desktop GPUs. They feature boost clocks of over 2.5GHz, and the Infinity Cache confers a bandwidth boost of nearly 2x over standard GDDR6 configurations.