Qualcomm Adreno 305 vs Qualcomm Adreno 330

Qualcomm Adreno 305

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The Qualcomm Adreno 305 is an integrated graphics unit for smartphones and tablets that is used for mainstream SoCs of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400- an S4 Plus-series (e. g. 8930ABSamsung Galaxy Mega 6.3). The Adreno 305 usually only offers half of the performance of the the Adreno 320 and is only slightly ahead of the Mali-400 MP4. Very demanding Android games of 2013 may not run completely smooth, but simple titles like Angry Birds and the usual multimedia tasks are no problem.

Qualcomm Adreno 330

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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.

Qualcomm Adreno 305Qualcomm Adreno 330
ManufacturerQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 300 Series
Adreno 330 32 @ 450 - 578 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 320 (compare) 16 @ 400 MHz
Adreno 308 (compare) 6
Adreno 306 (compare) 6 @ 450 MHz
Adreno 305 6 @ 450 MHz
Adreno 304 (compare) 6 @ 400 MHz
Adreno 302 (compare) 6 @ 400 MHz
Adreno 330 32 @ 450 - 578 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 320 (compare) 16 @ 400 MHz
Adreno 308 (compare) 6
Adreno 306 (compare) 6 @ 450 MHz
Adreno 305 6 @ 450 MHz
Adreno 304 (compare) 6 @ 400 MHz
Adreno 302 (compare) 6 @ 400 MHz
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Core450 MHz450 - 578 (Boost) MHz
yesyes
DirectXDirectX 9.0cDirectX 9_3
Technology28 nm28 nm
Introduced01.09.2012 07.01.2013
Manufacturerhttp://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/proce...
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM89284 x 1600 MHz? MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ80284 x 1600 MHz? MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB2 x 1700 MHz? MHz? MHz
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min. - max.? - 450 MHz? - ? MHz

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 3503     avg: 4145.6     median: 4210 (1%)     max: 4402 Points
min: 10153     avg: 17810.1     median: 18007 (3%)     max: 22684 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 1780     avg: 2534.2     median: 2429 (0%)     max: 5435 Points
min: 7283     avg: 9050.6     median: 9118 (1%)     max: 10768 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 3035     avg: 4947.5     median: 5238.5 (1%)     max: 5521 Points
min: 0     avg: 13327     median: 14176.5 (2%)     max: 21680 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited 2560x1440
209 Points (2%)
min: 0     avg: 487     median: 487 (4%)     max: 974 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
173 Points (1%)
1030 Points (4%)
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited 2560x1440
0 Points (0%)
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time 1920x1080
min: 8.2     avg: 13.4     median: 13.5 (2%)     max: 17 fps
min: 34     avg: 59.1     median: 59.5 (11%)     max: 69 fps
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Fixed Time
min: 21     avg: 26.7     median: 27 (45%)     max: 34 fps
min: 37     avg: 49.6     median: 51 (85%)     max: 54 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 305
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 330
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 305
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 330
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 0     avg: 1.8     median: 1.7 (0%)     max: 6.1 fps
min: 8.1     avg: 10.5     median: 11 (0%)     max: 12.1 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 1.7     avg: 4.3     median: 3.9 (0%)     max: 6.9 fps
min: 4.7     avg: 11.4     median: 11.2 (0%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
0 fps (0%)
AnTuTu 3DRating - Off-screen 1024x2048
min: 756     avg: 1724.3     median: 1840 (64%)     max: 2156 Points
AnTuTu 3DRating
min: 3291     avg: 3821     median: 3867.5 (34%)     max: 4216 Points
AnTuTu 3DRating - 3DRating V4.0 for OpenGL ES 2.0 1024x2048
min: 4826     avg: 5231     median: 5231 (39%)     max: 5636 Points
AnTuTu 3DRating
10143 Points (100%)
AnTuTu v3 - GPU
min: 4234     avg: 4943.5     median: 4983 (52%)     max: 5498
9637 (100%)
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free
min: 13.58     avg: 35.6     median: 34.9 (58%)     max: 48.99 fps
min: 43.06     avg: 58.6     median: 59.5 (98%)     max: 60.05 fps
Basemark X 1.0 - Off-Screen
min: 2.265     avg: 2.7     median: 2.7 (13%)     max: 3.092 fps
min: 11.896     avg: 14.1     median: 14.2 (67%)     max: 15.6 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
min: 0     avg: 1150.5     median: 1423 (3%)     max: 1878 fps
min: 8851     avg: 11510.2     median: 11943 (27%)     max: 12943 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality
min: 0     avg: 4001.7     median: 4264 (9%)     max: 4725 fps
min: 17913     avg: 22815.1     median: 23230 (52%)     max: 25299 fps
NenaMark2
min: 54.3     avg: 58.5     median: 58.7 (87%)     max: 64.6 fps
min: 58.3     avg: 59.7     median: 59.9 (89%)     max: 60.3 fps
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
min: 1801     avg: 2413.3     median: 2406 (13%)     max: 3026 Points
min: 1829     avg: 3304.4     median: 3382 (18%)     max: 4122 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
min: 516     avg: 702.2     median: 705.5 (13%)     max: 1008 Points
min: 786     avg: 1326.1     median: 1242 (22%)     max: 2061 Points
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
min: 1651     avg: 3146     median: 3132 (68%)     max: 4046 points
min: 3414     avg: 4238.3     median: 4354 (95%)     max: 4568 points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 305 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 330 → 325%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

2018
low
100%
Adreno 305:
35 fps  fps
high
100%
Adreno 305:
22 fps  fps
Adreno 305:
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Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
100%
Adreno 305:
30 fps  fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 305:
29 fps  fps
Adreno 305:
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Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
100%
Adreno 305:
27 fps  fps
Adreno 305:
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Battle Bay

Battle Bay

2018
low
100%
Adreno 305:
36  fps
high
100%
Adreno 305:
34 fps  fps
100%
Adreno 330:
34  fps
Adreno 305:
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Adreno 330:
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Dead Trigger 2

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 305:
29  fps
103%
Adreno 330:
27 2392 x 1440 30 32 1920 x 1080 fps ~ 30 fps
Adreno 305:
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Adreno 330:
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Fifa 14 Mobile Android

Fifa 14 Mobile Android

2013
high
Adreno 330:
29 2392 x 1440 29.4 1920 x 1080 ~ 29 fps
Adreno 330:
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Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

2013
low
100%
Adreno 305:
29 1280x720  fps
97%
Adreno 330:
28 2392 x 1440  fps
high
100%
Adreno 305:
18 26 1280x720 ~ 22 fps
127%
Adreno 330:
27.7 2392 x 1440 fps 28 1920 x 1080 28 29 1920x1080 ~ 28 fps
Adreno 305:
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Adreno 330:
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Gangstar Vegas

Gangstar Vegas

2013
ultra
Adreno 330:
16 2392 x 1440  fps 20.3 1920 x 1080 ~ 18 fps
Adreno 330:
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Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

2013
low
100%
Adreno 305:
42 1280x720  fps
high
Adreno 330:
23 2392 x 1440 fps 28.5 1920x1080  fps ~ 26 fps
Adreno 305:
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Adreno 330:
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Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 305:
60 720x1280  fps
98%
Adreno 330:
58  59 1440 x 2406 fps 59 1920x1080 ~ 59 fps
Adreno 305:
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Adreno 330:
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Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers

2012
high
100%
Adreno 305:
55 720x1085  fps
96%
Adreno 330:
49 1440 x 2406 56 1920x1080  fps ~ 53 fps
Adreno 305:
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Adreno 330:
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Grand Theft Auto 3 Android

Grand Theft Auto 3 Android

2011
low
Adreno 330:
24.5 2392 x 1440 27 1920 x 1080 ~ 26 fps
Adreno 330:
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Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Minecraft - Pocket Edition

2011
ultra
Adreno 330:
45 2392 x 1440 57.9 1920 x 1080 ~ 51 fps
Adreno 330:
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