Qualcomm Adreno 530 vs Qualcomm Adreno 540

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 530Qualcomm Adreno 540
ManufacturerQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 @ 624 MHz
Adreno 512 (compare)
Adreno 510 (compare)
Adreno 509 (compare)
Adreno 508 (compare) @ 650 MHz
Adreno 506 (compare) @ 650 MHz
Adreno 505 (compare) @ 450 MHz
Adreno 540 @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 @ 624 MHz
Adreno 512 (compare)
Adreno 510 (compare)
Adreno 509 (compare)
Adreno 508 (compare) @ 650 MHz
Adreno 506 (compare) @ 650 MHz
Adreno 505 (compare) @ 450 MHz
Core624 MHz710 MHz
yesyes
DirectXDirectX 11.1DirectX 12
Technology14 nm10 nm
FeaturesOpenGL 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 22.03.2017
CPUGPU 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

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 24310     avg: 32651.7     median: 32824.5 (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: 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: 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: 2252     avg: 2604.7     median: 2594.5 (50%)     max: 2893 Points
min: 2866     avg: 3787.3     median: 3825.5 (74%)     max: 4101 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
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 530
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
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: 26     avg: 43.5     median: 45 (1%)     max: 49 fps
min: 43     avg: 55.2     median: 54 (1%)     max: 64 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 23     avg: 35.9     median: 34 (1%)     max: 48 fps
min: 29     avg: 42.3     median: 40 (1%)     max: 58 fps
GFXBench - High Tier Onscreen
min: 7     avg: 9.5     median: 9.5 (16%)     max: 12 fps
min: 8.9     avg: 12.4     median: 12.3 (20%)     max: 16 fps
GFXBench - High Tier Offscreen 2560x1440
min: 7.1     avg: 7.2     median: 7.2 (14%)     max: 7.2 fps
min: 9.3     avg: 9.7     median: 9.8 (19%)     max: 9.9 fps
GFXBench - Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 12     avg: 15.5     median: 15.5 (26%)     max: 19 fps
min: 14     avg: 20     median: 20 (33%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Normal Tier Offscreen 1920x1080
19 fps (14%)
min: 25     avg: 25.5     median: 25.5 (19%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
min: 15     avg: 18.5     median: 19 (1%)     max: 20 fps
min: 22     avg: 24.5     median: 24 (1%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
min: 8.4     avg: 14.5     median: 13 (0%)     max: 20 fps
min: 11     avg: 19.5     median: 15 (1%)     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: 4781     avg: 5512     median: 5612.5 (30%)     max: 6042 Points
8356 Points (45%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1913     avg: 2182.8     median: 2178.5 (39%)     max: 2461 Points
3409 Points (61%)
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
4410 points (96%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 530 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 123%

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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
high
Adreno 540:
40 fps  fps
Adreno 540:
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World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

2018
low
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
high
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
Adreno 540:
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Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
Adreno 540:
60 fps 62 fps ~ 61 fps
ultra
Adreno 540:
60 fps 61 fps ~ 61 fps
Adreno 540:
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Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
Adreno 540:
30 fps 60 fps ~ 45 fps
high
Adreno 540:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
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 530:
0 (!) 30 30 30 30 56 58 59 59 60 60 ~ 43 fps
137%
Adreno 540:
55 59 59 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 ~ 59 fps
Adreno 530:
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Adreno 540:
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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 540:
30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
high
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 530:
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Adreno 540:
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Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
high
Adreno 540:
29.5 fps  fps
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
100%
Adreno 530:
60  fps
high
100%
Adreno 530:
35 51 ~ 43 fps
140%
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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Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 120%

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