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 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
ArchitectureAdreno 500
Core650 MHz710 MHz
yesyes
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
Introduced15.12.2015 22.03.2017
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
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

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 7668     avg: 12892.5     median: 13240 (2%)     max: 13491 Points
min: 16794     avg: 53776.1     median: 56046.5 (11%)     max: 58360 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 7309     avg: 7372     median: 7372 (1%)     max: 7435 Points
17290 Points (2%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
2359 Points (4%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
4259 Points (2%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 451     avg: 452     median: 452 (2%)     max: 453 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 508     avg: 513     median: 513 (1%)     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: 838.4     median: 853.5 (6%)     max: 896 Points
min: 3586     avg: 4663.9     median: 4873.5 (36%)     max: 5269 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 440     avg: 724.7     median: 735 (3%)     max: 801 Points
min: 3682     avg: 5862.8     median: 6233 (22%)     max: 6475 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 491     avg: 524.6     median: 512 (10%)     max: 882 Points
min: 2866     avg: 3787.3     median: 3825.5 (74%)     max: 4101 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 411     avg: 435.2     median: 422 (5%)     max: 761 Points
min: 3324     avg: 4217.9     median: 4343 (53%)     max: 4490 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 826     avg: 831     median: 831 (3%)     max: 836 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 786     avg: 791     median: 791 (2%)     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: 0     avg: 9.1     median: 9.8 (2%)     max: 10 fps
min: 43     avg: 55.2     median: 54 (10%)     max: 64 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 0     avg: 10.7     median: 9.8 (3%)     max: 19 fps
min: 29     avg: 42.3     median: 40 (11%)     max: 58 fps
GFXBench - High Tier Onscreen
min: 2     avg: 2.6     median: 2.3 (4%)     max: 4 fps
min: 8.9     avg: 12.4     median: 12.3 (20%)     max: 16 fps
GFXBench - High Tier Offscreen 2560x1440
1.2 fps (2%)
min: 9.3     avg: 9.7     median: 9.8 (19%)     max: 9.9 fps
GFXBench - Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 3.4     avg: 4.4     median: 3.8 (6%)     max: 6.5 fps
min: 14     avg: 20     median: 20 (33%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Normal Tier Offscreen 1920x1080
min: 3.5     avg: 3.6     median: 3.6 (3%)     max: 3.6 fps
min: 25     avg: 25.5     median: 25.5 (19%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
min: 0     avg: 3.4     median: 3.5 (1%)     max: 3.8 fps
min: 22     avg: 24.5     median: 24 (6%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
min: 0     avg: 4     median: 3.5 (3%)     max: 7.4 fps
min: 11     avg: 19.5     median: 15 (13%)     max: 50 fps
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free
44 fps (73%)
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
10438 fps (24%)
min: 38752     avg: 38762.5     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 (17%)     max: 4057 Points
8356 Points (45%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1371     avg: 1472     median: 1472 (26%)     max: 1573 Points
3409 Points (61%)
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
3466 points (75%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 506 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 411%

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

low
100%
Adreno 506:
26 fps  fps
med.
100%
Adreno 506:
26 fps  fps
high
Adreno 540:
40 fps  fps
Adreno 506:
»
Adreno 540:
»
low
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
high
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
Adreno 540:
»
low
100%
Adreno 506:
31 fps 31 fps 31 fps ~ 31 fps
197%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 62 fps ~ 61 fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 506:
30 fps 31 fps 31 fps ~ 31 fps
197%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 61 fps ~ 61 fps
Adreno 506:
»
Adreno 540:
»
low
100%
Adreno 506:
54 fps 57 fps ~ 56 fps
80%
Adreno 540:
30 fps 60 fps ~ 45 fps
high
100%
Adreno 506:
50 fps 53 fps 54 fps ~ 52 fps
115%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
Adreno 506:
»
Adreno 540:
»
low
Adreno 540:
121 fps  fps
high
Adreno 540:
121 fps  fps
Adreno 540:
»
high
100%
Adreno 506:
30 30 30 30 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 53 55 56 57 ~ 38 fps
155%
Adreno 540:
55 59 59 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 ~ 59 fps
Adreno 506:
»
Adreno 540:
»
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
Adreno 506:
»
Adreno 540:
»
high
Adreno 540:
29.5 fps  fps
Adreno 540:
»
low 1280x720
Adreno 540:
20.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Adreno 540:
14.2  fps
high 1366x768
Adreno 540:
12.6  fps
Adreno 540:
»
high
Adreno 540:
60  fps
Adreno 540:
»
high
100%
Adreno 506:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
100%
Adreno 540:
60  fps
Adreno 506:
»
Adreno 540:
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Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 506 → 100%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 131%

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