Qualcomm Adreno 530 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 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 506
ManufacturerQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 compare @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 @ 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 compare @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 @ 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
Core624 MHz650 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyes
DirectXDirectX 11.1DirectX 12.1
Technology14 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)
Introduced15.12.2015 15.12.2015
ArchitectureAdreno 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 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

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 24310     avg: 32869     median: 32997 (6%)     max: 40761 Points
min: 7668     avg: 13112     median: 13259 (2%)     max: 14741 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
0 Points (0%)
min: 7040     avg: 7261     median: 7309 (1%)     max: 7435 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
0 Points (0%)
12169 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
min: 2649     avg: 3348     median: 3425 (25%)     max: 3806 Points
min: 533     avg: 849     median: 853.5 (6%)     max: 951 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
min: 3401     avg: 4503     median: 4661.5 (16%)     max: 5006 Points
min: 440     avg: 734     median: 735 (3%)     max: 814 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
min: 2252     avg: 2605     median: 2594.5 (31%)     max: 2893 Points
min: 491     avg: 527     median: 512 (6%)     max: 882 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 2488     avg: 2996     median: 3108 (31%)     max: 3253 Points
min: 411     avg: 436     median: 422 (4%)     max: 761 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 530
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 506
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 530
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 506
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
min: 26     avg: 43     median: 44.5 (7%)     max: 49 fps
min: 3.1     avg: 9.6     median: 9.8 (2%)     max: 11 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 23     avg: 35.6     median: 32 (9%)     max: 48 fps
min: 7.4     avg: 12.1     median: 10 (3%)     max: 20 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
min: 6.9     avg: 8.6     median: 7 (4%)     max: 12 fps
min: 1.9     avg: 3     median: 3 (2%)     max: 4.3 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
min: 7.1     avg: 8.4     median: 7.2 (3%)     max: 11 fps
min: 1.1     avg: 1.2     median: 1.2 (0%)     max: 1.3 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 12     avg: 15.3     median: 15 (7%)     max: 19 fps
min: 3.2     avg: 5.1     median: 5 (2%)     max: 7 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
min: 15     avg: 17.7     median: 19 (3%)     max: 19 fps
min: 3.4     avg: 3.7     median: 3.6 (1%)     max: 3.9 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
min: 14     avg: 18.3     median: 19 (4%)     max: 20 fps
min: 3.3     avg: 3.6     median: 3.5 (1%)     max: 3.9 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
min: 8.4     avg: 14.4     median: 13 (5%)     max: 20 fps
min: 3.1     avg: 4.6     median: 3.6 (1%)     max: 7.9 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 High Quality
min: 21420     avg: 30602     median: 33028 (75%)     max: 35449 Points
10438 Points (24%)
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 Medium Quality
min: 28538     avg: 37215     median: 38353 (85%)     max: 41500 Points
21210 Points (47%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 2D Graphics Tests
min: 4781     avg: 5512     median: 5612.5 (18%)     max: 6042 Points
min: 2337     avg: 3197     median: 3197 (10%)     max: 4057 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1913     avg: 2183     median: 2178.5 (8%)     max: 2461 Points
min: 1371     avg: 1472     median: 1472 (5%)     max: 1573 Points
Smartbench 2012 - Smartbench 2012 Gaming Index
4410 (96%)
3466 (75%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 530 → 100% n=20

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 506 → 34% n=20

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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
Adreno 506:
26 fps 26 fps 30 fps ~ 27 fps
med.
Adreno 506:
26 fps 26 fps ~ 26 fps
Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
Adreno 506:
30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 32 fps ~ 31 fps
ultra
Adreno 506:
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps ~ 31 fps
Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
Adreno 506:
54 fps 57 fps 60 fps ~ 57 fps
high
Adreno 506:
50 fps 53 fps 54 fps 60 fps 60 fps ~ 55 fps
Dead Trigger 2

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 530:
0 (!) 30 30 30 30 56 58 59 59 60 60 ~ 43 fps
95%
Adreno 506:
30 30 30 30 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 53 55 56 56 fps 57 58 fps ~ 41 fps
Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

2013
low
100%
Adreno 530:
29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 fps ~ 30 fps
100%
Adreno 506:
29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps ~ 30 fps
high
100%
Adreno 530:
0 (!) 29 29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 fps 48 ~ 29 fps
100%
Adreno 506:
24 28 28 28 fps 29 fps 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 fps 30 fps ~ 29 fps
Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
low
Adreno 506:
26 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps ~ 29 fps
high
Adreno 506:
24 fps 28 fps 28.5 fps ~ 27 fps
Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

2013
low
100%
Adreno 530:
60  fps
high
100%
Adreno 530:
35 51 ~ 43 fps
Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

2013
high
Adreno 506:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 530 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 506 → 98%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 95%

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