Qualcomm Adreno 330

Qualcomm Adreno 330

The Qualcomm Adreno 330 is a GPU for smartphones and tablets that is integrated into Qualcomm SoCs. It was introduced in the middle of 2013 and was primarily used for Android devices. The graphics card uses a technology called FlexRender. It can switch "intelligently" switch between TBR (TBR Tile Based Renderer) and the classic direct rendering. It supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and is mostly used in Android based smartphones and tablets.

The graphics clock rate of the Adreno 330 differs from the used SoC where it is built in. It ranges from 450 MHz in the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, over 550 MHz in the MSM8974AB up to 578 MHz in the Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC. In addition, there are some architectural changes compared to the former Adreno 320 (e.g. more shader cores).

As a high-end GPU (in 2013) for Android based SoCs, the Adreno 330 is able to cope with even demanding games and high resolution displays. As you can see in our tests benchmarks below, the performance is similar to the PowerVR G6430 in the Apple A7 SoC.

We tested a Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 with a 450 MHz clocked Adreno 330 in a Acer Liquid S2 (see our review). The games run in 1920x1080 on this phablet and are therefore quite demanding.

Real Racing 3 was running quite good on some tracks in "high" settings (set with RR3 Graphics App) and stuttering on other tracks with many cars visible. In medium settings it ran fluently all the time. However battery consumption (25% in 3 races with a total runtime of 45 min) and heat development (max 42°C = 108°F) were quite high.

Fifa 14 and Angry Birds Go were also well playable although there was some slight stuttering visible in both games (may be caused by the game itself). Angry Birds Go also felt like running most of the times in lower fps regions.

The older but still demanding GTA 3 was no problem for the Liquid S2 as were less demanding games like Subway Surf or Temple Run 2. Especially the later two ran in high fps regions.

ManufacturerQualcomm
Adreno 300 Series
Adreno 330 32 @ 450 - 578 (Boost) MHz

Adreno 320

16 @ 400 MHz

Adreno 306

6 @ 450 MHz

Adreno 305

6 @ 450 MHz

Adreno 302

6 @ 400 MHz
Pipelines32 - unified
Core Speed *450 - 578 (Boost) MHz
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 9_3
technology28 nm
Date of Announcement07.01.2013
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC4 x 2450 MHz578 MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB4 x 2360 MHz578 MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB4 x 2360 MHz578 MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM89744 x 2300 MHz450 MHz? MHz
min. - max.450 - 578 MHz? - ? MHz

Benchmarks

Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
0% 100%
min: 10191      avg: 11689.6 (41%)     median: 11499 (40%)     max: 12943 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality
0% 100%
min: 17913      avg: 22733.1 (62%)     median: 23234 (64%)     max: 25299 fps
Basemark X 1.0 - Off-Screen
0% 100%
min: 11.896      avg: 14.1 (66%)     median: 14.2 (67%)     max: 15.6 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
0% 100%
min: 15      avg: 23.7 (39%)     median: 23.5 (39%)     max: 35 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 13      avg: 23.3 (4%)     median: 24 (4%)     max: 28.1 fps
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 14775      avg: 17926.4 (6%)     median: 17878.5 (6%)     max: 22684 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 9118      avg: 9884.5 (4%)     median: 9884.5 (4%)     max: 10651 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 17935      avg: 19786.7 (3%)     median: 19745 (3%)     max: 21680 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
0% 100%
min: 848      avg: 1427.2 (65%)     median: 1301.5 (59%)     max: 2061 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
0% 100%
min: 1829      avg: 3337.4 (67%)     median: 3356 (68%)     max: 4122 Points
Antutu 3DRating - 3DRating V4.0 for OpenGL ES 2.0 1024x2048
0% 100%
min: 4826      avg: 5231 (39%)     median: 5231 (39%)     max: 5636 Points
Antutu 3DRating -
0% 100%
min: 10143      avg: 10143 (100%)     median: 10143 (100%)     max: 10143 Points
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 34      avg: 59.1 (11%)     median: 59.5 (11%)     max: 69 fps
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Fixed Time
0% 100%
min: 37      avg: 49.6 (83%)     median: 51 (85%)     max: 54 fps
AnTuTu Benchmark v3 - GPU
0% 100%
min: 9637      avg: 9637 (100%)     median: 9637 (100%)     max: 9637 points
NenaMark2 -
0% 100%
min: 58.3      avg: 59.7 (89%)     median: 59.9 (89%)     max: 60.3 fps
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free
0% 100%
min: 43.06      avg: 58.5 (97%)     median: 59.6 (98%)     max: 60.05 fps
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
0% 100%
min: 3414      avg: 4223.9 (93%)     median: 4361 (96%)     max: 4449 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Dead Trigger 2
high
27 2392 x 1440 32 1920 x 1080 fps ~ 30 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 14 Mobile Android
high
29 2392 x 1440 29.4 1920 x 1080 ~ 29 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
low
28 2392 x 1440  fps      Compare
high
27.7 2392 x 1440 fps 28 1920 x 1080 ~ 28 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Gangstar Vegas
ultra
16 2392 x 1440  fps 20.3 1920 x 1080 ~ 18 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Real Racing 3
high
23 2392 x 1440 fps 28.5 1920x1080  fps ~ 26 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Temple Run 2
high
58  59 1440 x 2406 fps ~ 59 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Subway Surfers
high
49 1440 x 2406 56 1920x1080  fps ~ 53 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Grand Theft Auto 3 Android
low
24.5 2392 x 1440 27 1920 x 1080 ~ 26 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Minecraft - Pocket Edition
ultra
45 2392 x 1440 57.9 1920 x 1080 ~ 51 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

Notebook reviews with Qualcomm Adreno 330 graphics card

Acer Liquid S2: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.98", 0.2 kg
  Review » Review Acer Liquid S2 Phablet

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 7.0", 0.3 kg
  Review » Review Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 Tablet

Asus New Padfone: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1, 5.0", 0.1 kg
  Review » Review Asus New Padfone Smartphone

Google Nexus 5: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.1 kg
  Review » Review Google Nexus 5 Smartphone

HTC One M8: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  Review » Review HTC One M8 Smartphone

LG G Flex: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 6.0", 0.2 kg
  Review » Review LG G Flex Phablet

LG G2: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.2", 0.2 kg
  Review » Review LG G2 Smartphone

LG G3: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.5", 0.1 kg
  Review » LG G3 Smartphone and LG G Watch Review

Nokia Lumia 1520: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 6.0", 0.2 kg
  Review » Review Nokia Lumia 1520 Phablet

Nokia Lumia 2520: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.6 kg
  Review » Review Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet

Nokia Lumia 930: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  Review » Nokia Lumia 930 Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.5 kg
  Review » Review Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.7", 0.2 kg
  Review » Review Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905): Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 12.2", 0.8 kg
  Review » Review Update Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) Tablet

Samsung Galaxy S5: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.1 kg
  Review » Review Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 8.4", 0.3 kg
  Review » Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Wi-Fi Tablet

Sony Xperia Z Ultra: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 6.44", 0.2 kg
  Review » Review Sony Xperia Z Ultra Smartphone

Sony Xperia Z1: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  Review » Review Sony Xperia Z1 Smartphone

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.3", 0.1 kg
  Review » Review Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Smartphone

Sony Xperia Z2: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.2", 0.2 kg
  Review » Sony Xperia Z2 Smartphone Review

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB, 10.1", 0.4 kg
  Review » Review Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Acer Liquid S2: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.98", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Acer Liquid S2

Amazon Fire: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.7", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Amazon Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 7.0", 0.3 kg
  External Review » Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 8.9", 0.4 kg
  External Review » Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch

Asus New Padfone: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1, 5.0", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Asus New Padfone

Asus PadFone X: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 9.0", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Asus PadFone X

Google Nexus 5: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Google Nexus 5

HTC One E8: unknown, 5.0", 0.1 kg
  External Review » HTC One E8

HTC One M8: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  External Review » HTC One M8

HTC One M8 For Windows: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  External Review » HTC One M8 For Windows

LG G Flex: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 6.0", 0.2 kg
  External Review » LG G Flex

LG G2: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.2", 0.2 kg
  External Review » LG G2

LG G3: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.5", 0.1 kg
  External Review » LG G3

LG Optimus G Pro 2: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.9", 0.2 kg
  External Review » LG Optimus G Pro 2

Motorola Moto X 2014: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Motorola Moto X 2014

Nokia Lumia 1520: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 6.0", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 2520: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.6 kg
  External Review » Nokia Lumia 2520

Nokia Lumia 930: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia Icon: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Nokia Lumia Icon

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.7", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905): Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 12.2", 0.8 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)

Samsung Galaxy S5: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport: unknown, 5.1", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE-Version: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 10.1", 0.5 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE-Version

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 8.4", 0.3 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Sony Xperia Z Ultra: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 6.44", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z1: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 4.3", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1s: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia Z1s

Sony Xperia Z2: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.2", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB, 10.1", 0.4 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony Xperia Z3: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.2", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 4.6", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 8.0", 0.3 kg
  External Review » Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

ZTE Grand S Pro: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.2 kg
  External Review » ZTE Grand S Pro

Samsung Galaxy S5: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 5.1", 0.1 kg
  Article » In Comparison: HTC One M8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Sony Xperia Z2

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