In a new firmware update for the Exynos 2200 (Galaxy S22), Samsung has disabled its proprietary Game Optimizations Service (GOS) and added additional options to tune the gaming performance. In the “Labs” submenu of the Game Booster settings, there is a new “Experimental game performance management system” option that supposedly improves frame rates in gaming workloads at the cost of thermals.
As demonstrated by YouTuber Golden Reviewer (via: CB), the RDNA 2 powered Xclipse 920 GPU is significantly faster in games like Genshin Impact for almost three minutes with the EGP option enabled. However, as the temperatures become uncontrollable with the excessively higher TDP, the SoC starts throttling and returns to its stock performance.
This increased performance can be also observed in benchmarks such as 3DMark and GFXBench. An average gain of 10% can be seen in Vulkan benchmarks, with OpenGL getting a more moderate 5-6% uplift.
This little performance boost is still far from sufficient to allow the Exynos 2200 to catch up to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. Suffice to say, no amount of firmware and software upgrades will be sufficient to redeem the Exynos 2200 or the Xclipse 920.