Qualcomm Adreno 420 vs Qualcomm Adreno 405

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 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 420Qualcomm Adreno 405
ManufacturerQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 400 Series
Adreno 430 (compare) 192 @ 650 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 420 128 @ 600 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 418 (compare) 128 @ 600 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 405 48 @ 550 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 430 (compare) 192 @ 650 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 420 128 @ 600 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 418 (compare) 128 @ 600 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 405 48 @ 550 (Boost) MHz
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Core600 (Boost) MHz550 (Boost) MHz
yesyes
DirectXDirectX 11DirectX 11
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesOpenCL 1.2OpenCL 1.2
Introduced23.06.2014 24.02.2014
Manufacturerhttp://www.qualcomm.com/media/documents/...
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ80844 x 2700 MHz600 MHz? MHz

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 19019     avg: 21258     median: 20733 (4%)     max: 25480 Points
min: 5528     avg: 8720.1     median: 8161 (2%)     max: 16545 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 4028     avg: 5224.4     median: 5082 (1%)     max: 6932 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 8421     avg: 9988.6     median: 10003 (1%)     max: 10918 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 499     avg: 627.3     median: 660 (5%)     max: 690 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 437     avg: 564.5     median: 598 (2%)     max: 624 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 398     avg: 417     median: 423 (7%)     max: 430 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 341     avg: 355.3     median: 360 (4%)     max: 365 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 420
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 405
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 420
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 405
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 17     avg: 18.1     median: 17 (3%)     max: 19 fps
min: 2     avg: 6     median: 5 (1%)     max: 13 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 10     avg: 11     median: 11 (3%)     max: 12 fps
min: 5     avg: 7.3     median: 6 (2%)     max: 14 fps
GFXBench - High Tier Onscreen
1.8 fps (1%)
GFXBench - High Tier Offscreen 2560x1440
1 fps (1%)
GFXBench - Normal Tier Onscreen
3.1 fps (2%)
GFXBench - Normal Tier Offscreen 1920x1080
2.9 fps (1%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
2.5 fps (1%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
2.8 fps (2%)
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free
59.5 fps (99%)
59.7 fps (100%)
Basemark X 1.0 - Off-Screen
21.1 fps (100%)
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
min: 17868     avg: 18482.7     median: 18680 (42%)     max: 18900 fps
min: 4803     avg: 6719     median: 5084 (12%)     max: 13570 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality
min: 29551     avg: 31185.7     median: 31806 (71%)     max: 32200 fps
min: 6444     avg: 9753.8     median: 10631 (24%)     max: 10856 fps
NenaMark2
59.9 fps (89%)
59.9 fps (89%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
min: 2283     avg: 3091     median: 3436 (19%)     max: 3554 Points
min: 1818     avg: 2945.3     median: 3421 (18%)     max: 3597 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1129     avg: 1732     median: 1979 (35%)     max: 2088 Points
min: 851     avg: 934.7     median: 884 (16%)     max: 1069 Points
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
min: 2108     avg: 3733     median: 4224 (92%)     max: 4375 points
min: 2160     avg: 3268.2     median: 3058 (66%)     max: 4443 points

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 420 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 405 → 79%

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

PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
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World of Tanks Blitz

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

Arena of Valor

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

Shadow Fight 3

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

Battle Bay

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

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
Adreno 405:
20 1920x1080 30 30 32 32 35 ~ 30 fps
Adreno 405:
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Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

2013
low
Adreno 405:
26 28 35 42 1920x1080 ~ 33 fps
high
Adreno 405:
20 21 21 25 26 32 1920x1080 ~ 24 fps
Adreno 405:
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Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

2013
high
Adreno 405:
21  fps
Adreno 405:
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