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Qualcomm Adreno 509 vs Qualcomm Adreno 506 vs Qualcomm Adreno 540

Qualcomm Adreno 509

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The Qualcomm Adreno 509 is a mobile graphics card for mid-range smartphones and tablets (mostly Android based). It is included in the lower end Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 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 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 509Qualcomm Adreno 506Qualcomm Adreno 540
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512
Adreno 510
Adreno 509
Adreno 508 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512
Adreno 510
Adreno 509
Adreno 508 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512
Adreno 510
Adreno 509
Adreno 508 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 @ 0.45 GHz
ArchitectureAdreno 500Adreno 500
Shared Memoryyesyesyes
APIDirectX 12.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, VulkanDirectX 12.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, VulkanDirectX 12, OpenGL ES 3.2
technology14 nm14 nm10 nm
FeaturesOpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 12 (FL 12_1)OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 12 (FL 12_1)OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12
Date of Announcement08.05.2017 15.12.2015 22.03.2017
Core Speed650 MHz710 MHz
CPU in Adreno 509GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6368 x 1800 MHz? MHz? MHz
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

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Adreno 540
1.5 pt (2%)
min: 7668     avg: 13091     median: 13240 (2%)     max: 14741 Points
min: 16794     avg: 53776     median: 56046.5 (7%)     max: 58360 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 7040     avg: 7261     median: 7309 (1%)     max: 7435 Points
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
12169 Points (2%)
17180 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
min: 1525     avg: 1541     median: 1540 (9%)     max: 1568 Points
min: 533     avg: 847     median: 851 (5%)     max: 951 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
min: 1358     avg: 1395     median: 1400 (3%)     max: 1406 Points
min: 440     avg: 732     median: 734 (2%)     max: 814 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
min: 765     avg: 980     median: 1008 (8%)     max: 1016 Points
min: 488     avg: 524     median: 510.5 (4%)     max: 882 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 645     avg: 841     median: 865 (3%)     max: 872 Points
min: 403     avg: 433.9     median: 421.5 (2%)     max: 761 Points
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 509
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 506
min: 17     avg: 25.9     median: 23 (1%)     max: 37 fps
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 509
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 506
min: 21     avg: 22.7     median: 23 (0%)     max: 25 fps
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
min: 7.4     avg: 12.4     median: 10 (3%)     max: 20 fps
min: 3.1     avg: 9.6     median: 9.8 (1%)     max: 11 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
min: 2     avg: 3.3     median: 3.4 (2%)     max: 4.4 fps
min: 8.9     avg: 12.9     median: 15 (10%)     max: 16 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
min: 2.2     avg: 2.4     median: 2.2 (1%)     max: 3.5 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: 4.9     avg: 5.6     median: 5.5 (3%)     max: 6.9 fps
min: 14     avg: 20.8     median: 24 (12%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
min: 5.4     avg: 5.9     median: 6 (1%)     max: 6.1 fps
min: 25     avg: 25.6     median: 26 (3%)     max: 26 fps
min: 3.1     avg: 4.8     median: 3.6 (0%)     max: 7.9 fps
min: 3.3     avg: 3.6     median: 3.5 (0%)     max: 3.9 fps
Basemark ES 2.0 - Basemark ES 2.0
44 fps (73%)
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 High Quality
10438 Points (24%)
min: 38752     avg: 38763     median: 38762.5 (88%)     max: 38773 Points
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 Medium Quality
21210 Points (47%)
44696 Points (99%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 2D Graphics Tests
min: 5536     avg: 5562     median: 5561.5 (6%)     max: 5587 Points
min: 2337     avg: 3197     median: 3197 (3%)     max: 4057 Points
8356 Points (8%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1582     avg: 1740     median: 1740 (4%)     max: 1898 Points
min: 1371     avg: 1472     median: 1472 (3%)     max: 1573 Points
3409 Points (8%)
Smartbench 2012 - Smartbench 2012 Gaming Index
3466 Points (75%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 509 → 100% n=17

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 506 → 66% n=17

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 338% n=17

- 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 506:
53.5 fps  fps
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
high
Adreno 506:
48 fps  fps
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
ultra
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
low
100%
Adreno 509:
25 fps 25 fps 26 fps 30 fps ~ 27 fps
104%
Adreno 506:
25 fps 26 fps 26 fps 29 fps 30 fps 30 fps ~ 28 fps
med.
100%
Adreno 509:
25 fps 25 fps ~ 25 fps
104%
Adreno 506:
23 fps 25 fps 26 fps 26 fps 30 fps ~ 26 fps
high
100%
Adreno 509:
30 fps  fps
133%
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 509:
31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 32 fps 59 fps ~ 37 fps
84%
Adreno 506:
30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 32 fps ~ 31 fps
165%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 62 fps ~ 61 fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 509:
30 fps 31 fps