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DrawMeshInstanced has no performance difference when drawing many objects when compared to rendering many GameObjects without it

Mobile Graphics


Steps to reproduce:
1. Open the user's attached project ""
2. Build it for Android
3. Open the app
4. In the bottom right corner press the "Instancing" button
5. Notice the fps does not change in the top right corner

Expected results: FPS increase noticeably
Actual results: FPS does not change

Reproducible with: 2019.4.24f1, 2020.2.3f1, 2021.1.0b5, 2021.2.0a7

Reproducible devices:
, Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Redmi 4), Android 6.0.1, CPU: Snapdragon 430 MSM8937, GPU: Adreno (TM) 505
VLNQA00264, Samsung Galaxy S10+ (SM-G975F), Android 10, CPU: NOT FOUND, GPU: Mali-G76
VLNQA00279, Samsung Galaxy S10+ (SM-G975U), Android 9, CPU: Snapdragon 855 SM8150, GPU: Adreno (TM) 640
----------, Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Android 10, CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 9000, GPU: Mali-G78
----------, Huawei P40 Pro, Android 10, CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, GPU: Mali-G76
Does not reproduce with: iPhone 12 Pro (iOS 14.2.1), iPhone 6S (iOS 13.3.1)

- Standalone and Editor has an around 2x performance
- User informed that he was able to achieve a performance boost on some devices
- Reproduces with Vulkan and OpenGles3
- Issue Reproduces with MacOS editor with Metal

  1. Resolution Note (2021.2.X):

    DrawMeshInstanced reduces the amount of work done by main thread so the rendering time is not affected if the scene is not CPU or GPU bound. I couldn't reproduce the 2x performance difference in the Editor or device. The only performance difference is the addition of objects sorting for rendering, this has a low impact on performance. The only way to 2x performance gain if rendering takes less than 16ms and the app starts rendering every Vsync instead of every second Vsync.

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