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Asus 8z Stress Test: Can it deliver sustained gaming performance?

Asus 8z Stress Test: Can it deliver sustained gaming performance?

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Asus 8z is the latest compact flagship smartphone, powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC. It’s one of those phones that can compete with the iPhone 12/13 mini, which also packs a top chip in a premium miniature package.

Asus 8z Stress Test: Can it deliver sustained gaming performance?

The device weighs 169 grams, which makes it lightweight, and is definitely the Android phone for those who prefer compactness over all other things. With the Snapdragon 888 SoC under the hood, the device delivers competitive numbers on benchmarks like AnTuTu and Geekbench 5. However, can the Asus 8z maintain those numbers?

Asus 8z stress test

We ran the CPU Throttling benchmark test on the Asus 8z, and here are the results. We ran the benchmark four times, which gave us an idea of ​​the maximum sustained performance of the Asus 8z and how it might perform in the real world, especially if used by a heavy gamer, who might play games like COD: Mobile for hours.

When the CPU stress test was run for 15 minutes, performance dropped to 77%. On the second stress test, which lasted 30 minutes, we got an identical result and the performance was again reduced to 77%. However, during the first test, the core temperature was 62 degrees while the temperature rose to 66 degrees during the second test.

Asus 8z Stress Test: Can it deliver sustained gaming performance?

Although the phone reached 77% of its peak performance in just 15 minutes, the device was able to maintain the same level of performance for the next 15 minutes, which is a good thing. However, on the third stress test, where we ran it for 45 minutes, peak performance dropped to 56% and the core temperature rose to 70 degrees.

During the fourth round of stress tests, which lasted 60 minutes, peak performance dropped to 54% and the core temperature was 70 degrees centigrade. Note that we left a gap between each test and waited for the phone to return to room temperature. Each time, before starting the test, the core temperature was 50 degrees.

If we look at the stress test graphs, the performance does not slow down linearly, but drops suddenly, especially after the 30 minute mark. Even while playing games like COD: Mobile, the phone would get a bit warm, especially the top half, which made it nearly impossible to hold the phone in your hands.

Asus 8z Stress Test: Can it deliver sustained gaming performance?

Asus 8z is not for gamers

Although the Asus 8z offers a good amount of performance, it drops dramatically in just a few minutes. These results also prove that you shouldn’t buy a phone just by looking at the processor, because a phone should also have a cooling solution that can deliver sustained peak performance, which is important for gaming.

What about normal daily use?

I’ve been using the Asus 8z as my daily driver for a few days, and the phone shows no signs of overheating when watching videos or browsing social media platforms. However, the phone seems to have a problem with games, especially on demanding titles like COD: Mobile and PUBG.

If you’re considering the Asus 8z for normal day-to-day use, this might be a good device. However, if you are a smartphone gamer, it is better to look at the other options available in the market as this phone cannot maintain peak performance for more than 30 minutes.

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Article first published: Monday, March 7, 2022, 11:20 a.m. [IST]