Qualcomm Adreno 512 vs Qualcomm Adreno 530 vs Qualcomm Adreno 540

Qualcomm Adreno 512

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The Qualcomm Adreno 512 is a mobile graphics card for mid-range smartphones and tablets (mostly Android based). It is included in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoCs and based on the Adreno 500 architecture (like the Adreno 520 in the S820, which should be fully compatible in software).

According to Qualcomm up to 30% faster than the previous generation (Adreno 510?).

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 530

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The Qualcomm Adreno 530 is an integrated graphics card for (mostly Android based) smartphones and tablets. It was introduced in the last quarter of 2015 and is integrated in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. It supports OpenGL ES 3.1 and DirectX 11.1.

The GPU uses a still unknown amount of unified shaders clocked at up to 624 MHz. In 2015 it belongs to the fastest GPU for smartphones. Compared to the predecessor Adreno 430, the 530 is especially faster in demanding benchmarks.

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 512Qualcomm Adreno 530Qualcomm Adreno 540
ManufacturerQualcommQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 @ 624 MHz
Adreno 512
Adreno 510
Adreno 509
Adreno 508 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 506 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 505 @ 450 MHz
Adreno 540 @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 @ 624 MHz
Adreno 512
Adreno 510
Adreno 509
Adreno 508 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 506 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 505 @ 450 MHz
Adreno 540 @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 @ 624 MHz
Adreno 512
Adreno 510
Adreno 509
Adreno 508 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 506 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 505 @ 450 MHz
ArchitectureAdreno 500
yesyesyes
DirectXDirectX 12.1DirectX 11.1DirectX 12
Technology14 nm14 nm10 nm
FeaturesOpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 12 (FL 12_1)OpenGL ES 3.1 AEP, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 11.1 (FL 11_1)OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12
Introduced15.12.2015 15.12.2015 22.03.2017
Core624 MHz710 MHz
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6608 x 2200 MHz? MHz850 MHz

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 25561     avg: 28566     median: 29090.5 (5%)     max: 29496 Points
min: 24310     avg: 32868.8     median: 32997 (6%)     max: 40761 Points
min: 16794     avg: 53776.1     median: 56046.5 (11%)     max: 58360 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0 Points (0%)
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
0 Points (0%)
17180 Points (2%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 1887     avg: 2055.3     median: 2117.5 (16%)     max: 2151 Points
min: 2649     avg: 3348.3     median: 3425 (25%)     max: 3806 Points
min: 3586     avg: 4663.9     median: 4873.5 (36%)     max: 5269 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 1734     avg: 1933.7     median: 1991 (7%)     max: 2033 Points
min: 3401     avg: 4503.3     median: 4661.5 (16%)     max: 5006 Points
min: 3682     avg: 5862.8     median: 6233 (22%)     max: 6475 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 1270     avg: 1403.3     median: 1434.5 (23%)     max: 1442 Points
min: 2252     avg: 2604.7     median: 2594.5 (41%)     max: 2893 Points
min: 2866     avg: 3787.3     median: 3825.5 (61%)     max: 4101 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 1134     avg: 1235.2     median: 1263.5 (15%)     max: 1268 Points
min: 2488     avg: 2995.5     median: 3108 (38%)     max: 3253 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 512
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 530
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 512
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 530
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 20     avg: 22.3     median: 23 (4%)     max: 23 fps
min: 26     avg: 43     median: 44.5 (8%)     max: 49 fps
min: 43     avg: 55.2     median: 54 (10%)     max: 64 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 19     avg: 21.3     median: 21 (6%)     max: 23 fps
min: 23     avg: 35.6     median: 32 (9%)     max: 48 fps
min: 29     avg: 42.3     median: 40 (11%)     max: 58 fps
GFXBench - High Tier Onscreen
min: 3     avg: 4.9     median: 5.1 (8%)     max: 6.3 fps
min: 6.9     avg: 8.6     median: 7 (10%)     max: 12 fps
min: 8.9     avg: 12.4     median: 12.3 (18%)     max: 16 fps
GFXBench - High Tier Offscreen 2560x1440
min: 3.2     avg: 3.5     median: 3.2 (6%)     max: 4.8 fps
min: 7.1     avg: 8.4     median: 7.2 (14%)     max: 11 fps
min: 9.3     avg: 9.7     median: 9.8 (19%)     max: 9.9 fps
GFXBench - Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 7.5     avg: 8.2     median: 8.1 (9%)     max: 9.7 fps
min: 12     avg: 15.3     median: 15 (16%)     max: 19 fps
min: 14     avg: 20     median: 20 (21%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Normal Tier Offscreen 1920x1080
min: 8.5     avg: 8.6     median: 8.6 (6%)     max: 8.7 fps
min: 15     avg: 17.7     median: 19 (14%)     max: 19 fps
min: 25     avg: 25.5     median: 25.5 (19%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
min: 8.1     avg: 8.9     median: 9 (2%)     max: 9.1 fps
min: 14     avg: 18.3     median: 19 (5%)     max: 20 fps
min: 22     avg: 24.5     median: 24 (6%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
min: 7.5     avg: 8.6     median: 8.6 (6%)     max: 9.8 fps
min: 8.4     avg: 14.4     median: 13 (9%)     max: 20 fps
min: 11     avg: 19.5     median: 15 (10%)     max: 50 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
min: 21420     avg: 30602.4     median: 33028 (75%)     max: 35449 fps
min: 38752     avg: 38762.5     median: 38762.5 (88%)     max: 38773 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality
min: 0     avg: 32563.1     median: 37987 (84%)     max: 41500 fps
44696 fps (99%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
min: 6741     avg: 6820.5     median: 6820.5 (37%)     max: 6900 Points
min: 4781     avg: 5512     median: 5612.5 (30%)     max: 6042 Points
8356 Points (45%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
min: 2286     avg: 2288     median: 2288 (41%)     max: 2290 Points
min: 1913     avg: 2182.8     median: 2178.5 (39%)     max: 2461 Points
3409 Points (60%)
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
4410 points (96%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 512 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 530 → 159%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 184%

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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
low
100%
Adreno 512:
30 fps  fps
med.
100%
Adreno 512:
24 fps 30 fps ~ 27 fps
high
100%
Adreno 512:
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps ~ 30 fps
133%
Adreno 540:
40 fps  fps
Adreno 512:
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Adreno 540:
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World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

2018
low
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
high
100%
Adreno 512:
30 60 fps ~ 45 fps
202%
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
Adreno 512:
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Adreno 540:
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Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
100%
Adreno 512:
60 fps  fps
102%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 62 fps ~ 61 fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 512:
30 fps 60 fps 60 fps ~ 50 fps
122%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 61 fps ~ 61 fps
Adreno 512:
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Adreno 540:
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Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
100%
Adreno 512:
60 fps  fps
75%
Adreno 540:
30 fps 60 fps ~ 45 fps
high
100%
Adreno 512:
60 fps  fps
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
Adreno 512:
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Adreno 540:
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Battle Bay

Battle Bay

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

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 512:
30 30 fps ~ 30 fps
143%
Adreno 530:
0 (!) 30 30 30 30 56 58 59 59 60 60 ~ 43 fps
197%
Adreno 540:
55 59 59 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 ~ 59 fps
Adreno 512:
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Adreno 530:
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Adreno 540:
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Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

2013
low
Adreno 530:
29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 fps ~ 30 fps
Adreno 540:
30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
high
100%
Adreno 512:
28 fps 29 30 fps ~ 29 fps
100%
Adreno 530:
0 (!) 29 29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 fps 48 ~ 29 fps
103%
Adreno 540:
29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
Adreno 512:
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Adreno 530:
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Adreno 540:
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Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
low
100%
Adreno 512:
28 fps 28 fps ~ 28 fps
high
100%
Adreno 512:
28 fps 28 fps 28 fps 30 fps ~ 29 fps
102%
Adreno 540:
29.5 fps  fps
Adreno 512:
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Adreno 540:
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low 1280x720
Adreno 540:
20.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Adreno 540:
14.2  fps
high 1366x768
Adreno 540:
12.6  fps
Adreno 540:
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Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

2013
low
Adreno 530:
60  fps
high
Adreno 530:
35 51 ~ 43 fps
Adreno 540:
60  fps
Adreno 530:
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Adreno 540:
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Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

2013
high
Adreno 540:
60  fps
Adreno 540:
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Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers

2012
high
100%
Adreno 512:
60 fps  fps
Adreno 512:
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Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 512 → 100%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 530 → 122%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 126%

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