Qualcomm Adreno 506 vs Qualcomm Adreno 540

Qualcomm Adreno 506

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The Qualcomm Adreno 506 is a mobile graphics card for mid-range smartphones and tablets (mostly Android based). It is included in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 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.

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 506Qualcomm Adreno 540
ManufacturerQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 compare @ 624 MHz
Adreno 512 compare
Adreno 510 compare
Adreno 509 compare
Adreno 508 compare @ 650 MHz
Adreno 506 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 505 compare @ 450 MHz
Adreno 504 compare @ 450 MHz
Adreno 540 @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 compare @ 624 MHz
Adreno 512 compare
Adreno 510 compare
Adreno 509 compare
Adreno 508 compare @ 650 MHz
Adreno 506 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 505 compare @ 450 MHz
Adreno 504 compare @ 450 MHz
ArchitectureAdreno 500
Core Speed650 MHz710 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyes
DirectXDirectX 12.1DirectX 12
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 506GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6328 x 1800 MHz? MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6268 x 2200 MHz? MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6258 x 2000 MHz? MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4508 x 1800 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

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 7668     avg: 13112     median: 13259 (3%)     max: 14741 Points
min: 16794     avg: 53776     median: 56046.5 (13%)     max: 58360 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 7040     avg: 7261     median: 7309 (2%)     max: 7435 Points
17290 Points (5%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
2359 Points (6%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
4259 Points (5%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 451     avg: 452     median: 452 (4%)     max: 453 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 508     avg: 513     median: 513 (4%)     max: 518 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
12169 Points (2%)
17180 Points (2%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 533     avg: 849     median: 853.5 (6%)     max: 951 Points
min: 3586     avg: 4690     median: 4956 (37%)     max: 5269 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 440     avg: 734     median: 735 (3%)     max: 814 Points
min: 3682     avg: 5894     median: 6245.5 (22%)     max: 6475 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 491     avg: 527     median: 512 (6%)     max: 882 Points
min: 2866     avg: 3801     median: 3840 (46%)     max: 4101 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 411     avg: 436     median: 422 (4%)     max: 761 Points
min: 3324     avg: 4231     median: 4347 (45%)     max: 4490 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 826     avg: 831     median: 831 (5%)     max: 836 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 786     avg: 791     median: 791 (4%)     max: 796 points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 506
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 506
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 3.1     avg: 9.6     median: 9.8 (2%)     max: 11 fps
min: 43     avg: 55.2     median: 54 (13%)     max: 64 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 7.4     avg: 12.1     median: 10 (4%)     max: 20 fps
min: 29     avg: 42.3     median: 40 (14%)     max: 58 fps
GFXBench - Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
min: 1.9     avg: 3     median: 3 (2%)     max: 4.3 fps
min: 8.9     avg: 12.9     median: 15 (11%)     max: 16 fps
GFXBench - Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen 2560x1440
min: 1.1     avg: 1.2     median: 1.2 (1%)     max: 1.3 fps
min: 9.3     avg: 9.7     median: 9.7 (10%)     max: 9.9 fps
GFXBench - Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 3.2     avg: 5.1     median: 5 (2%)     max: 7 fps
min: 14     avg: 20.8     median: 24 (12%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen 1920x1080
min: 3.4     avg: 3.7     median: 3.6 (1%)     max: 3.9 fps
min: 25     avg: 25.6     median: 26 (10%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
min: 3.3     avg: 3.6     median: 3.5 (2%)     max: 3.9 fps
min: 22     avg: 24.5     median: 24 (11%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
min: 3.1     avg: 4.6     median: 3.6 (2%)     max: 7.9 fps
min: 11     avg: 19.5     median: 15 (10%)     max: 50 fps
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free
44 fps (73%)
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
10438 fps (24%)
min: 38752     avg: 38763     median: 38762.5 (88%)     max: 38773 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality
21210 fps (47%)
44696 fps (99%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
min: 2337     avg: 3197     median: 3197 (10%)     max: 4057 Points
8356 Points (27%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1371     avg: 1472     median: 1472 (5%)     max: 1573 Points
3409 Points (12%)
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
3466 points (75%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 506 → 100% n=21

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 495% 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.

PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
low
100%
Adreno 506:
26 fps 26 fps 30 fps ~ 27 fps
med.
100%
Adreno 506:
26 fps 26 fps ~ 26 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 506:
30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 32 fps ~ 31 fps
197%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 62 fps ~ 61 fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 506:
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps ~ 31 fps
197%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 61 fps ~ 61 fps
Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
100%
Adreno 506:
54 fps 57 fps 60 fps ~ 57 fps
79%
Adreno 540:
30 fps 60 fps ~ 45 fps
high
100%
Adreno 506:
50 fps 53 fps 54 fps 60 fps 60 fps ~ 55 fps
109%
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 506:
30 30 30 30 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 53 55 56 56 fps 57 58 fps ~ 41 fps
144%
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 506:
29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps ~ 30 fps
100%
Adreno 540:
30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
high
100%
Adreno 506:
24 28 28 28 fps 29 fps 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 fps 30 fps ~ 29 fps
103%
Adreno 540:
29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps

Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
low
100%
Adreno 506:
26 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps ~ 29 fps
high
100%
Adreno 506:
24 fps