Imagination PowerVR G6430

Imagination PowerVR G6430

The PowerVR G6430 from Imagination Technologies is a fast mobile graphics solution that is used in ARM SoCs like the Apple A7 (iPhone 5S). The chip is available since Q3/2013 and is one of the fastest solutions of its class at the time of the introduction.  

Architecture and Performance

The GPU is based on the series 6 (Rogue) and integrates four clusters with two TMUs each and a scalar Unified Shader architecture. The chip does offer more than twice of the performance compared to the SGX543MP3 from the Apple A6, while maintaining the same clocks. The exact clock is not yet confirmed unequivocally, but it should be north of 400 MHz (results in more than 100 GFLOPS). A comparison with other mobile graphics solutions shows that the G6430 is just slightly behind the tablet version of the Adreno 330 and it is therefore the fastest GPU of its class at the time of the introduction. Even very demanding mobile games can be played without problems (as of 2013). Among others, the GPU supports OpenGL 3.x/4.x, OpenGL ES 3.0 as well as DirectX 10.

Energy Consumption

The manufacturer designed the PowerVR G6430 as a comparatively "wide" chip to achieve a high performance and a high energy efficiency at the same time. As a result, SoCs with the G6430 can also be used in smaller smartphones like the iPhone 5S. However, it does occupy a comparatively large area on the chip in return.

PowerVR Series 6 (Rogue) Series
PowerVR G6430? Bit
ArchitecturePowerVR Rogue
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10
technology28 nm
FeaturesOpenGL 3.x, 4.x, OpenGL ES 3.0
Date of Announcement10.09.2013
Link to Manufacturer Page
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.


GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 25      avg: 26.3 (4%)     median: 27 (4%)     max: 27 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
0% 100%
min: 21      avg: 26.3 (44%)     median: 21 (35%)     max: 37 fps
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11226      avg: 11240.5 (5%)     median: 11240.5 (5%)     max: 11255 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 17861      avg: 18233.3 (6%)     median: 18102 (6%)     max: 18868 Points
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Fixed Time
0% 100%
min: 49      avg: 50.3 (84%)     median: 49 (82%)     max: 53 fps
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 57      avg: 61 (11%)     median: 63 (11%)     max: 63 fps
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

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Notebook reviews with Imagination PowerVR G6430 graphics card

Apple iPad Air: Apple A7, 9.7", 0.5 kg
  Review » Review Apple iPad Air Tablet

Apple iPad mini Retina: Apple A7, 7.9", 0.3 kg
  Review » Review Apple iPad Mini Retina Tablet

Apple iPhone 5S: Apple A7, 4.0", 0.1 kg
  Review » Review Apple iPhone 5S Smartphone

Apple iPad Air: Apple A7, 9.7", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad mini Retina: Apple A7, 7.9", 0.3 kg
  External Review » Apple iPad mini Retina

Apple iPhone 5S: Apple A7, 4.0", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Apple iPhone 5S

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
PowerVR SGX554MP4 *
Mali-T604 *
Class 6
PowerVR SGX543MP4 *
Mali-T624 *
Mali-450 MP4 *
PowerVR SGX543MP3 *
PowerVR SGX543MP2 *
PowerVR SGX544 *
Adreno 225 *
GC4000 *
VideoCore-IV *
Adreno 220 *
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core
Mali-400 MP2 *
PowerVR SGX540 *
Adreno 205 *
GC800 *
PowerVR SGX535
PowerVR SGX531
PowerVR SGX530
Mali-200 *
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-02- 4)