Qualcomm Adreno 540 vs Qualcomm Adreno 508

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 508

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The Qualcomm Adreno 508 is a mobile graphics card for mid-range smartphones and tablets (mostly Android based). It is included in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 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.

According to Qualcomm "up to 30% faster graphics rendering than previous designs". 

Qualcomm Adreno 540Qualcomm Adreno 508
ManufacturerQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 (compare) @ 624 MHz
Adreno 512 (compare)
Adreno 510 (compare)
Adreno 509 (compare)
Adreno 508 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 506 (compare) @ 650 MHz
Adreno 505 (compare) @ 450 MHz
Adreno 540 @ 710 MHz
Adreno 530 (compare) @ 624 MHz
Adreno 512 (compare)
Adreno 510 (compare)
Adreno 509 (compare)
Adreno 508 @ 650 MHz
Adreno 506 (compare) @ 650 MHz
Adreno 505 (compare) @ 450 MHz
Core710 MHz650 MHz
yesyes
DirectXDirectX 12DirectX 12.1
Technology10 nm14 nm
FeaturesOpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 12 (FL 12_1)
Introduced22.03.2017 08.05.2017
ArchitectureAdreno 500
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998)8 x 2450 MHz? MHz710 MHz

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 16794     avg: 53776.1     median: 56046.5 (11%)     max: 58360 Points
min: 16508     avg: 18312.8     median: 18470 (3%)     max: 18635 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
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
17180 Points (2%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 3586     avg: 4663.9     median: 4873.5 (36%)     max: 5269 Points
min: 1299     avg: 1379.2     median: 1391 (10%)     max: 1415 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 3682     avg: 5862.8     median: 6233 (22%)     max: 6475 Points
min: 1204     avg: 1302.4     median: 1319 (5%)     max: 1332 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited 2560x1440
min: 2866     avg: 3787.3     median: 3825.5 (74%)     max: 4101 Points
min: 872     avg: 905.2     median: 908 (17%)     max: 919 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics 2560x1440
min: 3324     avg: 4217.9     median: 4343 (53%)     max: 4490 Points
min: 767     avg: 797.8     median: 801 (10%)     max: 809 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 540
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Qualcomm Adreno 508
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 508
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 43     avg: 55.2     median: 54 (1%)     max: 64 fps
min: 13     avg: 13.9     median: 14 (0%)     max: 14 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 29     avg: 42.3     median: 40 (1%)     max: 58 fps
min: 13     avg: 14     median: 14 (0%)     max: 15 fps
GFXBench - High Tier Onscreen
min: 8.9     avg: 12.4     median: 12.3 (20%)     max: 16 fps
min: 3.1     avg: 3.1     median: 3.1 (5%)     max: 3.2 fps
GFXBench - High Tier Offscreen 2560x1440
min: 9.3     avg: 9.7     median: 9.8 (19%)     max: 9.9 fps
min: 1.8     avg: 1.9     median: 1.9 (4%)     max: 1.9 fps
GFXBench - Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 14     avg: 20     median: 20 (33%)     max: 26 fps
min: 5     avg: 5.3     median: 5.4 (9%)     max: 5.4 fps
GFXBench - Normal Tier Offscreen 1920x1080
min: 25     avg: 25.5     median: 25.5 (19%)     max: 26 fps
min: 5     avg: 5.4     median: 5.6 (4%)     max: 5.6 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
min: 22     avg: 24.5     median: 24 (1%)     max: 26 fps
min: 5.3     avg: 5.5     median: 5.5 (0%)     max: 5.6 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
min: 11     avg: 19.5     median: 15 (1%)     max: 50 fps
min: 5.2     avg: 5.6     median: 5.4 (0%)     max: 6 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
min: 38752     avg: 38762.5     median: 38762.5 (88%)     max: 38773 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality
44696 fps (99%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
8356 Points (45%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
3409 Points (61%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 508 → 28%

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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
100%
Adreno 540:
40 fps  fps
Adreno 540:
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World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz

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

Arena of Valor

2018
low
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 62 fps ~ 61 fps
51%
Adreno 508:
30 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps 31 fps ~ 31 fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 61 fps ~ 61 fps
49%
Adreno 508:
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 31 fps ~ 30 fps
Adreno 540:
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Adreno 508:
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Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
100%
Adreno 540:
30 fps 60 fps ~ 45 fps
84%
Adreno 508:
29 fps 30 fps 55 fps ~ 38 fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
97%
Adreno 508:
56 fps 58 fps 59 fps ~ 58 fps
Adreno 540:
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Adreno 508:
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Battle Bay

Battle Bay

2018
low
100%
Adreno 540:
121 fps  fps
50%
Adreno 508:
61 fps  fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
121 fps  fps
50%
Adreno 508:
61 fps  fps
Adreno 540:
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Adreno 508:
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Dead Trigger 2

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 540:
55 59 59 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 ~ 59 fps
61%
Adreno 508:
30 30 30 30 fps 60 fps ~ 36 fps
Adreno 540:
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Adreno 508:
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Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

2013
low
100%
Adreno 540:
30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
100%
Adreno 508:
30 30 30 30 fps ~ 30 fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
100%
Adreno 508:
28 30 30 30 fps ~ 30 fps
Adreno 540:
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Adreno 508:
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Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
low
Adreno 508:
30 fps 30 fps ~ 30 fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
29.5 fps  fps
98%
Adreno 508:
28 fps 30 fps ~ 29 fps
Adreno 540:
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Adreno 508:
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low 1280x720
100%
Adreno 540:
20.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Adreno 540:
14.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Adreno 540:
12.6  fps
Adreno 540:
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Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

2013
high
100%
Adreno 540:
60  fps
53%
Adreno 508:
32  fps
Adreno 540:
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Adreno 508:
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Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 540:
60  fps
98%
Adreno 508:
58 60 fps ~ 59 fps
Adreno 540:
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Adreno 508:
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Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 100%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 508 → 74%

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