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 504 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
Adreno 504 compare @ 450 MHz
Core624 MHz710 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyes
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
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 540GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998)8 x 2450 MHz? MHz710 MHz

3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 24310     avg: 32869     median: 32997 (6%)     max: 40761 Points
min: 16794     avg: 53776     median: 56046.5 (10%)     max: 58360 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
0 Points (0%)
17290 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
0 Points (0%)
17180 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
min: 2649     avg: 3348     median: 3425 (25%)     max: 3806 Points
min: 3586     avg: 4690     median: 4956 (37%)     max: 5269 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
min: 3401     avg: 4503     median: 4661.5 (16%)     max: 5006 Points
min: 3682     avg: 5894     median: 6245.5 (22%)     max: 6475 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
min: 2252     avg: 2605     median: 2594.5 (31%)     max: 2893 Points
min: 2866     avg: 3801     median: 3840 (46%)     max: 4101 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 2488     avg: 2996     median: 3108 (31%)     max: 3253 Points
min: 3324     avg: 4231     median: 4347 (43%)     max: 4490 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 540
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 530
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
min: 26     avg: 43     median: 44.5 (7%)     max: 49 fps
min: 43     avg: 55.2     median: 54 (9%)     max: 64 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 23     avg: 35.6     median: 32 (9%)     max: 48 fps
min: 29     avg: 42.3     median: 40 (11%)     max: 58 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
min: 6.9     avg: 8.6     median: 7 (4%)     max: 12 fps
min: 8.9     avg: 12.9     median: 15 (10%)     max: 16 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
min: 7.1     avg: 8.4     median: 7.2 (3%)     max: 11 fps
min: 9.3     avg: 9.7     median: 9.7 (4%)     max: 9.9 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 12     avg: 15.3     median: 15 (7%)     max: 19 fps
min: 14     avg: 20.8     median: 24 (12%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
min: 15     avg: 17.7     median: 19 (3%)     max: 19 fps
min: 25     avg: 25.6     median: 26 (4%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
min: 14     avg: 18.3     median: 19 (4%)     max: 20 fps
min: 22     avg: 24.5     median: 24 (6%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
min: 8.4     avg: 14.4     median: 13 (5%)     max: 20 fps
min: 11     avg: 19.5     median: 15 (6%)     max: 50 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 High Quality
min: 21420     avg: 30602     median: 33028 (75%)     max: 35449 Points
min: 38752     avg: 38763     median: 38762.5 (88%)     max: 38773 Points
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 Medium Quality
min: 28538     avg: 37215     median: 38353 (85%)     max: 41500 Points
44696 Points (99%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 2D Graphics Tests
min: 4781     avg: 5512     median: 5612.5 (18%)     max: 6042 Points
8356 Points (27%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
min: 1913     avg: 2183     median: 2178.5 (8%)     max: 2461 Points
3409 Points (12%)
Smartbench 2012 - Smartbench 2012 Gaming Index
4410 (96%)
4410 (96%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 530 → 100% n=20

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 137% 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
high
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
Adreno 540:
60 fps 62 fps ~ 61 fps
ultra
Adreno 540:
60 fps 61 fps ~ 61 fps
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
Battle Bay

Battle Bay

2018
low
Adreno 540:
121 fps  fps
high
Adreno 540:
121 fps  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
137%
Adreno 540:
55 59 59 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 ~ 59 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 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
Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
high
Adreno 540:
29.5 fps  fps
low 1280x720
Adreno 540:
20.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Adreno 540:
14.2  fps
high 1366x768
Adreno 540:
12.6  fps
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
Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

2013
high
Adreno 540:
60  fps

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 530 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 120%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 138%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)