Qualcomm Adreno 405 vs Qualcomm Adreno 418 vs Qualcomm Adreno 420

Qualcomm Adreno 405

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The Qualcomm Adreno 405 is an integrated graphics card for (mostly Android based) smartphones and tablets. It was announced in 2014 and is used in SoCs like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 415, 425, 610 or 615. Depending on the used SoC and device, the clock rate of the Adreno 405 is around 550 MHz. 

The Adreno 405 features 48 ALUs (unified shaders) and supports OpenGL ES 3.1 and DirectX 11.2 (Feature Level 11_1).

The performance of the Adreno 405 reaches only 40 % of the high end Adreno 420 (in the Snapdragon 805). This means its on a level with the older Adreno 320 and the PowerVR G6200.

Qualcomm Adreno 418

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The Qualcomm Adreno 418 is an integrated graphics card for (mostly Android based) smartphones and tablets. It is integrated in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC and was announced in mid 2014. The GPU supports OpenGL ES 3.1 and DirectX 11 feature level 11_1 (with hardware tessellation). The graphics card uses a technology called FlexRender to intelligently switch between TBR (TBR Tile Based Renderer) and the classic direct rendering.

Compared to the Adreno 420, the performance of the 418 is about 20 percent slower (at 600 MHz). This puts the Adreno 418 in the upper middle class in 2015 and even demanding (Android) games should run fluently.

Qualcomm Adreno 420

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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 11.2 Feature Level 11_1 (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).

Qualcomm Adreno 405Qualcomm Adreno 418Qualcomm Adreno 420
ManufacturerQualcommQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 400 Series
Adreno 430 192 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 420 128 @ 600 MHz
Adreno 418 128 @ 600 MHz
Adreno 405 48 @ 550 MHz
Adreno 430 192 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 420 128 @ 600 MHz
Adreno 418 128 @ 600 MHz
Adreno 405 48 @ 550 MHz
Adreno 430 192 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 420 128 @ 600 MHz
Adreno 418 128 @ 600 MHz
Adreno 405 48 @ 550 MHz
Pipelines48 - unified128 - unified128 - unified
Core Speed550 (Boost) MHz600 (Boost) MHz600 (Boost) MHz
Shared Memoryyesyesyes
DirectXDirectX 11DirectX 11.1DirectX 11
technology28 nm20 nm28 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.2OpenCL 1.2OpenCL 1.2
Date of Announcement24.02.2014 23.06.2014 23.06.2014
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/proce...http://www.qualcomm.com/media/documents/...
CPU in Adreno 405GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM89528 x 1500 MHz? MHz550 MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v28 x 1700 MHz? MHz550 MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM89398 x 1700 MHz? MHz550 MHz
min. - max.? MHz? - 550 MHz
CPU in Adreno 418GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM89926 x 2000 MHz? MHz600 MHz
CPU in Adreno 420GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ80844 x 2700 MHz600 MHz? MHz

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 5528     avg: 8720     median: 8161 (1%)     max: 16545 Points
min: 17637     avg: 22445     median: 23298.5 (4%)     max: 24864 Points
min: 19019     avg: 21258     median: 20733 (4%)     max: 25480 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 4028     avg: 5224     median: 5082 (1%)     max: 6932 Points
10381 Points (1%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 8421     avg: 9989     median: 10003.5 (1%)     max: 10918 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 499     avg: 627     median: 660 (5%)     max: 690 Points
1689 Points (13%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 437     avg: 565     median: 598.5 (2%)     max: 624 Points
2012 Points (7%)
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 398     avg: 417     median: 423 (5%)     max: 430 Points
1193 Points (14%)
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 341     avg: 355     median: 360 (4%)     max: 365 Points
1207 Points (13%)
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 405
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 418
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 420
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 405
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 418
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 420
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 2.8     avg: 6     median: 5.6 (1%)     max: 13 fps
min: 12.3     avg: 14.5     median: 15 (2%)     max: 16 fps
min: 17.7     avg: 18.1     median: 17.9 (3%)     max: 19 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 5.2     avg: 7.3     median: 6.2 (2%)     max: 14 fps
min: 6.76     avg: 10.4     median: 9.5 (3%)     max: 17 fps
min: 10     avg: 11     median: 11 (3%)     max: 12 fps
GFXBench - Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
1.8 fps (1%)
GFXBench - Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen 2560x1440
1 fps (0%)
GFXBench - Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
3.1 fps (2%)
GFXBench - Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen 1920x1080
2.9 fps (0%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
min: 2.2     avg: 2.5     median: 2.6 (1%)     max: 2.6 fps
7.2 fps (2%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
min: 2.5     avg: 2.8     median: 2.9 (1%)     max: 2.9 fps
min: 3     avg: 3.6     median: 3.4 (1%)     max: 4.4 fps
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free
min: 59.7     avg: 59.7     median: 59.7 (98%)     max: 59.76 fps
59.5 fps (98%)
Basemark X 1.0 - Off-Screen
min: 21.1     avg: 21.1     median: 21.1 (99%)     max: 21.256999969482422 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
min: 4803     avg: 6719     median: 5084 (12%)     max: 13570 fps
12793 fps (29%)
min: 17868     avg: 18483     median: 18680 (42%)     max: 18900 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality
min: 6444     avg: 9754     median: 10631 (24%)     max: 10856 fps
min: 26223     avg: 26360     median: 26339 (59%)     max: 26519 fps
min: 29551     avg: 31186     median: 31806 (71%)     max: 32200 fps
NenaMark2
min: 59.8     avg: 59.9     median: 59.9 (89%)     max: 59.9 fps
59.9 fps (89%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
min: 1818     avg: 2945     median: 3421 (11%)     max: 3597 Points
min: 4601     avg: 4726     median: 4725.5 (15%)     max: 4850 Points
min: 2283     avg: 3091     median: 3436 (11%)     max: 3554 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
min: 851     avg: 935     median: 884 (3%)     max: 1069 Points
min: 1935     avg: 2057     median: 2057 (7%)     max: 2179 Points
min: 1129     avg: 1732     median: 1979 (7%)     max: 2088 Points
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
min: 2160     avg: 3268     median: 3058 (66%)     max: 4443 points
min: 3873     avg: 4163     median: 4118 (90%)     max: 4399 points
min: 2108     avg: 3733     median: 4224.5 (92%)     max: 4375 points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 405 → 100% n=10

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 418 → 212% n=10

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 420 → 236% n=10

- 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.

PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
low
100%
Adreno 405:
25 fps  fps
World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

2018
low
100%
Adreno 405:
34  fps
high
100%
Adreno 405:
27  fps
Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
100%
Adreno 405:
30 fps  fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 405:
27  fps
Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
100%
Adreno 405:
29  fps
high
100%
Adreno 405:
30  fps
Battle Bay

Battle Bay

2018
high
100%
Adreno 405:
29  fps  fps
Dead Trigger 2

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 405:
20 1920x1080 30 30 32 32 35 ~ 30 fps
120%
Adreno 418:
30 2560x1440 31.4 2560x1440 47 ~ 36 fps
Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

2013
low
100%
Adreno 405:
26 28 35 42 1920x1080 ~ 33 fps
88%
Adreno 418:
28 28.6 2560x1440 29 2560x1440 ~ 29 fps
high
100%
Adreno 405:
20 21 21 25 26 32 1920x1080 ~ 24 fps
113%
Adreno 418:
24 28.3 2560x1440 29 2560x1440 ~ 27 fps
Gangstar Vegas

Gangstar Vegas

2013
ultra
Adreno 418:
22.7 2560x1440 fps  fps
Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

2013
high
100%
Adreno 405:
21  fps
136%
Adreno 418:
28.6 2560x1440  fps  fps
Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

2013
high
Adreno 418:
58.5 2560x1440 60 2560x1440 ~ 59 fps
Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Minecraft - Pocket Edition

2011
ultra
Adreno 418:
51.9 2560x1440  fps  fps

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 405 → 100%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 418 → 114%

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