Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire Tablet Benchmarks (Page 4 – 3DMark)

3D Mark is another cross-platform 3D graphics benchmark, and it gave my Fire OS devices fits.  It wouldn’t run without touch controls, so it wouldn’t run on my 1st gen Fire TV.  It also wouldn’t run on older OSes, so the 2013 Kindle Fire HDX was out.

Then, the tests running newer OpenGL ES 3.x APIs failed even on some hardware that should have been capable of running them.  This may have something to do with the fact that most Fire OS devices are running on an older Android 5.1.1 based operating system, or it may be related to some other issues.  It begs to be explored further.  If the issue is simply the older Android 5.1 code base that’s causing the issues, we can hope that Fire OS 6.x, based on Android 7.x, will improve compatibility, and that it will roll out for most devices running 5.x today.

Fire TV and Fire Tablet 3DMark Ice Storm OpenGL ES 2.0 Performance

Ice Storm OpenGL ES 2.0 Benchmark
DeviceOverallGraphics ScoreGraphics Test 1
FPS
Graphics Test 2
FPS
Physics ScorePhysics Test 1 FPS
2011 Kindle Fire
2012 Kindle Fire HD 8.9
2013 Kindle Fire HDX 7
2016 Fire HD 8 6580612427.625.7890328.8
2014 Fire TV Stick
2016 Fire TV Stick 4897446515.725.4740123.5
2016 Fire TV1663516859100.557.71589650.5

Ice Storm is the lowest end test available in the current version of 3DMark.  It runs on OpenGL ES 2.0 and is the least taxing test.  The 2015 Fire TV runs 50-100 FPS on this test, which means it handles them easily.  The 2016 Fire HD 8 can’t achieve 30FPS on the test, which speaks to its anemic GPU’s lack of capability

Fire TV and Fire Tablet 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme OpenGL ES 2.0 Performance

Ice Storm Extreme OpenGL ES 2.0 Benchmark
DeviceOverallGraphics ScoreGraphics Test 1
FPS
Graphics Test 2
FPS
Physics ScorePhysics Test 1 FPS
2011 Kindle Fire
2012 Kindle Fire HD 8.9
2013 Kindle Fire HDX 7
2016 Fire HD 8 3730317317.411.4966030.7
2014 Fire TV Stick
2016 Fire TV Stick3292283213.711.2762024.2
2016 Fire TV9765890750.431.41473546.8

Ice Storm extreme is a souped up version of Ice Storm, using bigger textures and more effects.  It is still a relatively low end test running on OpenGL ES 2.0.  The 2015 Fire TV runs it smoothly, between 30 and 50 FPS.  Meanwhile the 2016 Fire HD 8 is producing framerates in the teens.

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