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Qualcomm Adreno 330 vs Qualcomm Adreno 320

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 320

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The Qualcomm Adreno 320 is a GPU for smartphones and tablets that is integrated into Qualcomm SoCs. It was introduced in the end of 2012 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. 

The Adreno 320 has Unified Shaders and supports OpenGL ES 3.0. The performance compared to the Adreno 200-series is supposed to be improved by the factor 3-4. 

The Adreno 320 is used in Snapdragon S4 SoCs like the AQP8064.

Qualcomm Adreno 330Qualcomm Adreno 320
ManufacturerQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 300 Series
Adreno 330 32 @ 0.45 - 0.58 GHz
Adreno 320 16 @ 0.4 GHz
Adreno 308 compare 6
Adreno 306 compare 6 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 305 compare 6 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 304 compare 6 @ 0.4 GHz
Adreno 302 compare 6 @ 0.4 GHz
Adreno 330 32 @ 0.45 - 0.58 GHz
Adreno 320 16 @ 0.4 GHz
Adreno 308 compare 6
Adreno 306 compare 6 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 305 compare 6 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 304 compare 6 @ 0.4 GHz
Adreno 302 compare 6 @ 0.4 GHz
Pipelines32 - unified16 - unified
Core Speed450 - 578 (Boost) MHz400 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyes
DirectXDirectX 9_3DirectX 9_3
technology28 nm28 nm
Date of Announcement07.01.2013 27.02.2012
CPU in Adreno 330GPU 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
min. - max.450 - ? MHz? - 450 MHz
CPU in Adreno 320GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T4 x 1700 MHz? MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A4 x 1500 - 1700 MHz400 MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960DT2 x 1700 MHz400 MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T2 x 1700 MHz400 MHz? MHz
min. - max.400 - ? MHz? - 450 MHz

Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 10153     avg: 17810     median: 18007 (3%)     max: 22684 Points
min: 10423     avg: 10644     median: 10644 (2%)     max: 10865 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 7283     avg: 9051     median: 9118 (1%)     max: 10768 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 10184     avg: 15992     median: 17935 (2%)     max: 21680 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
974 Points (7%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
1030 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
0 Points (0%)
GLBenchmark 2.5 - GLBench 2.5 Egypt HD Offscreen
min: 34     avg: 59.1     median: 59.5 (11%)     max: 69 fps
GLBenchmark 2.5 - GLBench 2.5 Egypt HD
min: 37     avg: 49.6     median: 51 (85%)     max: 54 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 330
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
min: 13     avg: 23.6     median: 24 (0%)     max: 28.1 fps
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 320
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 330
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
min: 15     avg: 25.1     median: 24.2 (1%)     max: 41.1 fps
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 320
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
min: 8.1     avg: 10.5     median: 11 (1%)     max: 12.1 fps
4.3 fps (0%)
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 4.7     avg: 11.4     median: 11.2 (3%)     max: 26 fps
8.5 fps (2%)
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
0 fps (0%)
AnTuTu 3DRating - 3DRating V4.0 for OpenGL ES 2.0
min: 4826     avg: 5231     median: 5231 (39%)     max: 5636 Points
3180 Points (24%)
AnTuTu 3DRating - Antutu 3.0 3DRating Score
10143 Points (100%)
AnTuTu v3 - AnTuTu v3 GPU
9637 Points (100%)
Basemark X 1.0 - Basemark X 1.0 Off-Screen
min: 11.896     avg: 14.1     median: 14.2 (67%)     max: 15.6 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 High Quality
min: 8851     avg: 11510     median: 11943 (27%)     max: 12943 Points
min: 4700     avg: 5400     median: 5400 (12%)     max: 6100 Points
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 Medium Quality
min: 17913     avg: 22815     median: 23230 (52%)     max: 25299 Points
min: 10600     avg: 11550     median: 11550 (26%)     max: 12500 Points
Smartbench 2012 - Smartbench 2012 Gaming Index
min: 3414     avg: 4238     median: 4354 (95%)     max: 4568

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 330 → 100% n=19

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 320 → 63% n=19

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Battle Bay

Battle Bay

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

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 330:
27 2392 x 1440 30 32 1920 x 1080 fps ~ 30 fps
82%
Adreno 320:
24.6 1920 x 1080  fps
Fifa 14 Mobile Android

Fifa 14 Mobile Android

2013
high
100%
Adreno 330:
29 2392 x 1440 29.4 1920 x 1080 ~ 29 fps
100%
Adreno 320:
29 1280 x 720 29.8 1920 x 1080 ~ 29 fps
Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

2013
low
100%
Adreno 330:
28 2392 x 1440  fps
89%
Adreno 320:
24.8 1280x720 fps  fps
high
100%
Adreno 330:
27.7 2392 x 1440 fps 28 1920 x 1080 28 29 1920x1080 ~ 28 fps
96%
Adreno 320:
26 1280x720 fps 27.2 1920 x 1080 ~ 27 fps
Gangstar Vegas

Gangstar Vegas

2013
ultra
100%
Adreno 330:
16 2392 x 1440  fps 20.3 1920 x 1080 ~ 18 fps
Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

2013
low
Adreno 320:
44 1280x720 fps  fps
high
100%
Adreno 330:
23 2392 x 1440 fps 28.5 1920x1080  fps ~ 26 fps
81%
Adreno 320:
21 1280x720 fps  fps
Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 330:
58  59 1440 x 2406 fps 59 1920x1080 ~ 59 fps
93%
Adreno 320:
55 1280x720 fps  fps
Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers

2012
high
100%
Adreno 330:
49 1440 x 2406 56 1920x1080  fps ~ 53 fps
109%
Adreno 320:
58 1280x720  fps
Grand Theft Auto 3 Android

Grand Theft Auto 3 Android

2011
low
100%
Adreno 330:
24.5 2392 x 1440 27 1920 x 1080 ~ 26 fps
77%
Adreno 320:
20 1280x720 fps  fps
Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Minecraft - Pocket Edition

2011
ultra
100%
Adreno 330:
45 2392 x 1440 57.9 1920 x 1080 ~ 51 fps

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 330 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 320 → 91%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 101%

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

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