The Tensor G3 ends up being a bitter disappointment when running in the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, with a couple of benchmarks showing that not only does the chipset obtain varying results in both flagships, but it is also unable to control its temperatures when stressed. At first glance, it looks like Samsung’s advanced 4nm process did little to alleviate the overheating issues.
Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro can reach temperatures of 46 degrees Celsius when pushed hard, according to the latest stress test
On YouTube, PBKreviews showed how the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro perform in both Geekbench 6 and 3DMark Wild Life. Coming to Geekbench 6 first, the smaller Pixel underperforms compared to the bigger brother by 11 percent in the single-core test and almost 7 percent in multi-core, which is strange to see as both are outfitted with the same Tensor G3. Our only guess is that the Pixel 8 features inadequate cooling, so the SoC might be immediately throttling.
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When the same channel performs a teardown of both handsets, we will know what is causing this disparity in scores. Onward to the 3DMark Wild Life stress test, no Pixel 8 member here fares any better, with the performance graph slowly decreasing after each benchmark loop. In this test, the Pixel 8 Pro obtained a better score than the more compact model, but both of them suffer from stability and heat management problems that make sure that the performance completely tanks when stressed hard enough.
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If you are wondering about the temperatures, both models definitely get toasty, with the Pixel 8 reaching a peak temperature of 45 degrees Celsius and the Pixel 8 Pro a degree warmer at 46. Though these results prove that Google’s Tensor G3 is playing catch-up with the competition, it is unconfirmed if the two flagships are completely unusable under real-world use. Benchmarks are one side of the story, but you will not see the average consumer running tests like this on their devices continuously.
If Google has optimized the user experience of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro to ensure that its latest premium lineup performs on par with the remainder of the expensive competition, then these can sell quite well. In the U.S., the non-Pro version is said to retail for $699, while the bigger version will set you back by $999, so these prices are not ridiculously high what you are getting in return, minus the underwhelming attributes of the Tensor G3.