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Qualcomm Adreno 530 vs Qualcomm Adreno 505 vs Qualcomm Adreno 506

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 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 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 530Qualcomm Adreno 505Qualcomm Adreno 506
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
Core Speed624 MHz450 MHz650 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyesyes
APIDirectX 11.1, OpenGL ES 3.1 AEPDirectX 12.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, VulkanDirectX 12.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan
technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
FeaturesOpenGL ES 3.1 AEP, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 11.1 (FL 11_1)OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 12 (FL 12_1)OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 12 (FL 12_1)
Date of Announcement15.12.2015 15.12.2015 15.12.2015
ArchitectureAdreno 500Adreno 500
CPU in Adreno 530GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro4 x 2400 MHz? MHz653 MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM89964 x 2200 MHz? MHz624 MHz
min. - max.? MHz624 - 653 MHz
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? - 653 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? - 653 MHz

Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 24310     avg: 32869     median: 32997 (4%)     max: 40761 Points
min: 7668     avg: 13091     median: 13240 (2%)     max: 14741 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
0 Points (0%)
5627 Points (1%)
min: 7040     avg: 7261     median: 7309 (1%)     max: 7435 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
0 Points (0%)
10835 Points (1%)
12169 Points (2%)
min: 533     avg: 847     median: 851 (5%)     max: 951 Points
min: 440     avg: 732     median: 734 (2%)     max: 814 Points
min: 488     avg: 524     median: 510.5 (4%)     max: 882 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 2488     avg: 2996     median: 3108 (12%)     max: 3253 Points
min: 403     avg: 433.9     median: 421.5 (2%)     max: 761 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 530
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 505
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 506
min: 17     avg: 25.9     median: 23 (1%)     max: 37 fps
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 530
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 505
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 506
min: 21     avg: 22.7     median: 23 (0%)     max: 25 fps
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: 6.9     avg: 8.6     median: 7 (4%)     max: 12 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
min: 7.1     avg: 8.4     median: 7.2 (2%)     max: 11 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 12     avg: 15.3     median: 15 (7%)     max: 19 fps
min: 2.5     avg: 5.3     median: 5.8 (3%)     max: 6.7 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
min: 15     avg: 17.7     median: 19 (3%)     max: 19 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
33.5 fps (55%)
44 fps (73%)
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 High Quality
min: 21420     avg: 30602     median: 33028 (75%)     max: 35449 Points
8015 Points (18%)
10438 Points (24%)
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 Medium Quality
min: 28538     avg: 37215     median: 38353 (85%)     max: 41500 Points
min: 16486     avg: 16610     median: 16609.5 (37%)     max: 16733 Points
21210 Points (47%)
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: 4781     avg: 5512     median: 5612.5 (6%)     max: 6042 Points
min: 2589     avg: 3292     median: 3292 (3%)     max: 3995 Points
min: 2337     avg: 3197     median: 3197 (3%)     max: 4057 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1913     avg: 2183     median: 2178.5 (5%)     max: 2461 Points
min: 1032     avg: 1168     median: 1167.5 (3%)     max: 1303 Points
min: 1371     avg: 1472     median: 1472 (3%)     max: 1573 Points
Smartbench 2012 - Smartbench 2012 Gaming Index
4410 Points (96%)
3466 Points (75%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 530 → 100% n=19

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 505 → 30% n=19

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 506 → 33% n=19

- 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
high
Adreno 506:
48 fps  fps
PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
low
Adreno 505:
25 fps  fps
Adreno 506:
25 fps 26 fps 26 fps 29 fps 30 fps 30 fps ~ 28 fps
med.
Adreno 505:
24 fps  fps
Adreno 506:
23 fps 25 fps 26 fps 26 fps 30 fps ~ 26 fps
Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
Adreno 505:
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 32 fps ~ 31 fps
Adreno 506:
30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 32 fps ~ 31 fps
ultra
Adreno 505:
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 32 fps