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Qualcomm Adreno 505 vs Qualcomm Adreno 540

Qualcomm Adreno 505

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The Qualcomm Adreno 505 is a mobile graphics card for mid-range smartphones and tablets (mostly Android based). It is included in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 / 435 SoCs and based on the Adreno 500 architecture (like the Adreno 520 in the S820, which should be fully compatible in software).

The GPU supports modern standards like Vulkan 1.0 (according to Wikipedia), OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE (3.2 in other sources), OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 12 (FL 12.1 according to Wikipedia, 11.1 according to Qualcomm). Furthermore, the GPU supports Universal Bandwidth Compression (UBWC) to save memory bandwidth. Compared to the faster Adreno 506, the 505 is manufactured in the older 28nm process and offers less raw performance.

Qualcomm Adreno 540

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The Qualcomm Adreno 540 is an integrated graphics card in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC for smartphones. It was introduced in early 2017 and can be found in high-end Android smartphones. 

The integrated GPU is based on the optimized architecture of the Adreno 530, but features clearly improved clock speeds (710 versus 624 MHz according to Anandtech) and better thermal stability. This is also thanks to the new 10 nm process the Snapdragon 835 is produced in. In the reference smartphone from Qualcomm, the Adreno 540 is able to beat or perform at a similar level as the fastest smartphone graphics cards on the market (e.g. the ARM Mali-T880MP12, ARM Mali-G71MP8 or Apple A10 GPU). Therefore, it should be perfectly suited for demanding 3D gaming and also mobile VR and 4K displays.

Qualcomm Adreno 505Qualcomm Adreno 540
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 compare @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512 compare
Adreno 510 compare
Adreno 509 compare
Adreno 508 compare @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 compare @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 compare @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 compare @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512 compare
Adreno 510 compare
Adreno 509 compare
Adreno 508 compare @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 compare @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 compare @ 0.45 GHz
ArchitectureAdreno 500
Core Speed450 MHz710 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyes
APIDirectX 12.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, VulkanDirectX 12, OpenGL ES 3.2
technology14 nm10 nm
FeaturesOpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 12 (FL 12_1)OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12
Date of Announcement15.12.2015 22.03.2017
CPU in Adreno 505GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4398 x 2000 MHz? MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4358 x 1400 MHz? MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937)8 x 1400 MHz? MHz? MHz
min. - max.? MHz? MHz
CPU in Adreno 540GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998)8 x 2450 MHz? MHz710 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Adreno 540
1.5 pt (2%)
min: 16794     avg: 53776     median: 56046.5 (7%)     max: 58360 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
5627 Points (1%)
17290 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
2359 Points (3%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
4259 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 451     avg: 452     median: 452 (1%)     max: 453 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 508     avg: 513     median: 513 (1%)     max: 518 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
10835 Points (1%)
17180 Points (2%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 826     avg: 831     median: 831 (2%)     max: 836 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 786     avg: 791     median: 791 (1%)     max: 796 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 505
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 505
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
min: 1.4     avg: 3.2     median: 3.9 (2%)     max: 4.1 fps
min: 8.9     avg: 12.9     median: 15 (10%)     max: 16 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
min: 0.88     avg: 1.1     median: 1.2 (0%)     max: 1.2 fps
min: 9.3     avg: 9.7     median: 9.7 (3%)     max: 9.9 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 2.5     avg: 5.3     median: 5.8 (3%)     max: 6.7 fps
min: 14     avg: 20.8     median: 24 (12%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
min: 2.6     avg: 3.3     median: 3.6 (0%)     max: 3.7 fps
min: 25     avg: 25.6     median: 26 (3%)     max: 26 fps
Basemark ES 2.0 - Basemark ES 2.0
33.5 fps (55%)
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 High Quality
8015 Points (18%)
min: 38752     avg: 38763     median: 38762.5 (88%)     max: 38773 Points
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 Medium Quality
min: 16486     avg: 16610     median: 16609.5 (37%)     max: 16733 Points
44696 Points (99%)
Basemark GPU 1.2 - Basemark GPU 1.2 Vulkan Official Medium Offscreen 1080
5.2 fps (0%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 2D Graphics Tests
min: 2589     avg: 3292     median: 3292 (3%)     max: 3995 Points
8356 Points (8%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1032     avg: 1168     median: 1167.5 (2%)     max: 1303 Points
3409 Points (6%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 505 → 100% n=21

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 585% n=21

- 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.

League of Legends: Wild Rift

League of Legends: Wild Rift

2020
low
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
high
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
ultra
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
low
100%
Adreno 505:
25 fps  fps
med.
100%
Adreno 505:
24 fps  fps
high
Adreno 540:
40 fps  fps
World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

2018
low
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
high
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
100%
Adreno 505:
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 32 fps ~ 31 fps
197%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 62 fps ~ 61 fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 505:
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 32 fps ~ 30 fps
203%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 61 fps ~ 61 fps
Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
100%
Adreno 505:
42 fps 47 fps 47 fps 58 fps ~ 49 fps
92%
Adreno 540:
30 fps 60 fps ~ 45 fps
high
100%
Adreno 505:
41 fps 46 fps 47 fps 58 fps ~ 48 fps
125%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
Battle Bay

Battle Bay

2018
low
Adreno 540:
121 fps  fps
high
Adreno 540:
121 fps  fps
Dead Trigger 2

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 505:
30 30 30 30 30 30 fps 50 52 53 54 ~ 39 fps
151%
Adreno 540:
55 59 59 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 ~ 59 fps
Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

2013
low
100%
Adreno 505:
29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
100%
Adreno 540:
30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
high
100%
Adreno 505:
19 19 24 25 27 27 30 30 30 ~ 26 fps
115%
Adreno 540:
29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
low
100%
Adreno 505:
27 fps 29 fps 29 fps 30 fps 30 fps ~ 29 fps
high
100%
Adreno 505:
12 fps 19 fps 21 fps 24 fps 27 fps ~ 21 fps
140%
Adreno 540:
29.5 fps  fps
low 1280x720
Adreno 540:
20.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Adreno 540:
14.2  fps
high 1366x768
Adreno 540:
12.6  fps
Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

2013
high
Adreno 540:
60  fps
Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 505:
60 fps  fps
100%
Adreno 540:
60  fps

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 505 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 136%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 145%

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