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Qualcomm Adreno 420

Qualcomm Adreno 420

The Qualcomm Adreno 420 is an integrated graphics card for (mostly Android based) smartphones and tablets. It was introduced in the middle of 2014 and is integrated in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC. The graphics card uses a technology called FlexRender. It can switch "intelligently" between TBR (TBR Tile Based Renderer) and the classic direct rendering. It supports OpenGL ES 3.1 and DirectX 11 Feature Level 11_2 (compared to ES 3.0 and DirectX 9_3 of the Adreno 330).

The graphics clock rate of the Adreno 420 differs from the used SoC and where it is built in. At launch it ranges from 500 to 600 MHz in the Snapdragon 805 APQ8084.

According to Qualcomm, the power consumption in comparison to the Snapdragon 800 has been reduced by up to 20% running GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex, while delivering up to 40% more performance. First benchmarks show even bigger gains; however, the performance will decrease over time to prevent too high temperatures (especially in smartphones). This is common amongst many other ARM SoCs. Nevertheless, the Adreno 420 beats the Mali-T628 MP6 (Samsung Exynos 5420/5430) as well as the PowerVR G6430 (Apple A7) and is one of the fastest mobile GPUs in mid-2014, but still significantly slower than the Nvidia Tegra K1 or the PowerVR GX6650 in Apple's A8X SoC (both mainly tablet GPUs).

ManufacturerQualcomm
Adreno 400 Series
Adreno 420 @ 500 - 600 (Boost) MHz
Pipelinesunified
Core Speed *500 - 600 (Boost) MHz
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 11
technology28 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.2
Date of Announcement23.06.2014
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.qualcomm.com/media/documents/...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ80844 x 2700 MHz600 MHz? MHz
min. - max.600 - 600 MHz? - ? MHz

Benchmarks

GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen off screen
0% 100%
min: 17.7      avg: 17.7 (8%)     median: 17.7 (8%)     max: 17.7 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen on screen
0% 100%
min: 11      avg: 11 (26%)     median: 11 (26%)     max: 11 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
0% 100%
min: 18680      avg: 18790 (64%)     median: 18790 (64%)     max: 18900 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality
0% 100%
min: 31806      avg: 32003 (77%)     median: 32003 (77%)     max: 32200 fps
Basemark X 1.0 - Off-Screen
0% 100%
min: 21.1      avg: 21.1 (99%)     median: 21.1 (99%)     max: 21.1 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
0% 100%
min: 27.7      avg: 29.6 (36%)     median: 29.6 (36%)     max: 31.4 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 40.7      avg: 41.6 (5%)     median: 41.6 (5%)     max: 42.4 fps
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 20240      avg: 20486.5 (5%)     median: 20486.5 (5%)     max: 20733 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
0% 100%
min: 1979      avg: 1979 (79%)     median: 1979 (79%)     max: 1979 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
0% 100%
min: 3554      avg: 3554 (54%)     median: 3554 (54%)     max: 3554 Points
NenaMark2 -
0% 100%
min: 59.9      avg: 59.9 (89%)     median: 59.9 (89%)     max: 59.9 fps
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free
0% 100%
min: 59.52      avg: 59.5 (98%)     median: 59.5 (98%)     max: 59.52 fps
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
0% 100%
min: 4332      avg: 4332 (95%)     median: 4332 (95%)     max: 4332 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

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Notebook reviews with Qualcomm Adreno 420 graphics card

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, 5.7", 0.2 kg
  Review » Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) Smartphone Review

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 inch 2014: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, 8.9", 0.4 kg
  External Review » Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 inch 2014

Google Nexus 6: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, 5.96", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Google Nexus 6

Motorola Droid Turbo: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, 5.2", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Motorola Droid Turbo

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, 5.7", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, 5.6", 0.2 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A Prime: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, 5.1", 0.1 kg
  External Review » Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A Prime

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Class 2
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GeForce GT 240
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GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
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Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
Mali-T760 MP2
unknown *

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2014-11-16)