I know that the are many people who just hate the Mediatek processor for gaming. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max features the Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 Octa-core 2.4GHz Cortex-A53 processor with Mali-T880MP2 GPU. Instead of just hating a processor, we need to look what this specific processor, test it and see how good it is for gaming. Why in games? simply because this is when the GPU is used the most, in 3D applications. Of course not all games are in 3D, but if you intend to play lots of the latest high-demanding games, those are mostly in 3D.
GT Hindi took the Galaxy J7Max for a test to see how well it copes with some of the high graphics demanding Android 3D games out there. It checked if there are any lags, frame skips and see how the phone handles games in general. IT also checked the heating and benchmark scores so it can be compared to other phones.
Here is the video, it' in Hindi by the way.
I've read the summary on other website that quotes him. The result is that even in graphic intense games, the J7 Max didn't heat up, and no lags have been observed. He played Beach Buggy Racing, Shadow Fight 3, Asphalt 8 in the highest graphics setting, and other games. The results are really impressive. If you understand Hindi you probably will understand better the results, but overall, great performance.
I can understand that other Mediatek processors failed to impress, but this one certainly works well for gaming. It's also impressive to see how col the phone remains after some long gaming sessions.
I'm sure that many of you just reading some negative comments in other website's comments sections about the Galaxy J7 Max and thinks that the J7 Max just suck for games. I think that this video clearly show us that this isn't the case. Not just that it isn't the case, but it was quite surprising to see a budget phone performing so well. If you love playing mobile games and want a budget phone that can handle those graphics demanding 3D games, I think that it's safe to say that the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max can certainly handle it. Sometimes we base our buying decision on some unknowledgeable comments, so my recommendation is just don't.
You can also check out these AntTuTu, Geekbench 4 (Single and multi-core) and 3D Mark Unlimited benchmark test results on digit.in. In Geekbench 5 single-core benchmark, the Galaxy J7 Max is aligned with the Moto G5 Plus (Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 / Adreno 506) and Lenovo P2 (Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 / Adreno 506), but trailing a bit behind in the multi-core test compared to the Moto G5 Plus. I've heard that the G5 Plus has some heating issues by the way. Anyways, the performance of the Galaxy J7 Max is not far behind the SD625. The J7 Max shown no heating issues and we are taking about 42 Celsius degrees after around half an hour of gaming.
Now don't get me wrong. The gaming experience from what I've read isn't perfect and of course you'll be getting better gaming experience with more powerful processor. I think that after people saw the 44100 AnTuTu benchmark score, they have said to themselves that the Redmi 4 has around the same performance and that phone just cost Rs. 8999. I mean, if that phone can pull out a smooth gameplay experience in Asphalt 8 at the highest graphics settings, we are definitely not dealing with a crappy processor here, far from it.
The Galaxy J7 Max is powerful phone that will get you a very impressive gaming performance, especially considering its price. It certainly not future proof, and I'm sure that now that the new Snapdragon and Exynos processors are out, you'll find new titles that will put those processor's capabilities to their limits, and the Mali-T880MP2 GPU just can't compete with that. This processor was launched on Q2 2016, so this is why you here people say that it's an outdated processor.
So overall, from what I've read and seen, I think that you should be pleased with this processor's performance. I hope I've got all the facts right. If you disagree or have anything to add, please share your opinion in the comment section below. Thanks.