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Qualcomm Adreno 540 vs Qualcomm Adreno 506

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 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 540Qualcomm Adreno 506
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 compare @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512 compare
Adreno 510 compare
Adreno 509 compare
Adreno 508 compare @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 compare @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 compare @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 compare @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512 compare
Adreno 510 compare
Adreno 509 compare
Adreno 508 compare @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 compare @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 compare @ 0.45 GHz
Core Speed710 MHz650 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyes
APIDirectX 12, OpenGL ES 3.2DirectX 12.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan
technology10 nm14 nm
FeaturesOpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 12 (FL 12_1)
Date of Announcement22.03.2017 15.12.2015
ArchitectureAdreno 500
CPU in Adreno 540GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998)8 x 2450 MHz? MHz710 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? - 710 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Adreno 540
1.5 pt (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 16794     avg: 53776     median: 56046.5 (7%)     max: 58360 Points
min: 7668     avg: 13091     median: 13240 (2%)     max: 14741 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
17290 Points (2%)
min: 7040     avg: 7261     median: 7309 (1%)     max: 7435 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
2359 Points (3%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
4259 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 451     avg: 452     median: 452 (1%)     max: 453 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 508     avg: 513     median: 513 (1%)     max: 518 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
17180 Points (2%)
12169 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
min: 3586     avg: 4690     median: 4956 (30%)     max: 5269 Points
min: 533     avg: 847     median: 851 (5%)     max: 951 Points
min: 440     avg: 732     median: 734 (2%)     max: 814 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
min: 2866     avg: 3801     median: 3840 (31%)     max: 4101 Points
min: 488     avg: 524     median: 510.5 (4%)     max: 882 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 3324     avg: 4231     median: 4347 (17%)     max: 4490 Points
min: 403     avg: 433.9     median: 421.5 (2%)     max: 761 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited
0 Points (0%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 826     avg: 831     median: 831 (2%)     max: 836 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 786     avg: 791     median: 791 (1%)     max: 796 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
min: 54     avg: 60.3     median: 60 (2%)     max: 79 fps
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 540
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
min: 69     avg: 107     median: 111.5 (1%)     max: 119 fps
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: 8.9     avg: 12.9     median: 15 (10%)     max: 16 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
min: 9.3     avg: 9.7     median: 9.7 (3%)     max: 9.9 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 14     avg: 20.8     median: 24 (12%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
min: 25     avg: 25.6     median: 26 (3%)     max: 26 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
44 fps (73%)
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 High Quality
min: 38752     avg: 38763     median: 38762.5 (88%)     max: 38773 Points
10438 Points (24%)
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 Medium Quality
44696 Points (99%)
21210 Points (47%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 2D Graphics Tests
8356 Points (8%)
min: 2337     avg: 3197     median: 3197 (3%)     max: 4057 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
3409 Points (6%)
min: 1371     avg: 1472     median: 1472 (3%)     max: 1573 Points
Smartbench 2012 - Smartbench 2012 Gaming Index
3466 Points (75%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 100% n=21

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 506 → 27% n=21

- 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
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
89%
Adreno 506:
53.5 fps  fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
80%
Adreno 506:
48 fps  fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
low
Adreno 506:
25 fps 26 fps 26 fps 29 fps 30 fps 30 fps ~ 28 fps
med.
Adreno 506:
23 fps 25 fps 26 fps 26 fps 30 fps ~ 26 fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
40 fps  fps
World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

2018
low
100%
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
91 fps  fps
Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor

2018
low
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 62 fps ~ 61 fps
51%
Adreno 506:
30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 32 fps ~ 31 fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 61 fps ~ 61 fps
51%
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
100%
Adreno 540:
30 fps 60 fps ~ 45 fps
127%
Adreno 506:
54 fps 57 fps 60 fps ~ 57 fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
92%
Adreno 506:
50 fps 53 fps 54 fps 60 fps 60 fps