Qualcomm Adreno 540 vs Qualcomm Adreno 510

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 510

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The Qualcomm Adreno 510 is a mobile graphics card for mid-range smartphones and tablets (mostly Android based). It is included in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and 652 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.

Compared the the faster Adreno 530, the 510 is currently produced in the older 28nm process (650 and 652) and should offer less ALUs. The clock speed is not disclosed.

Early benchmarks and performance ratings from Qualcomm position the GPU on a level with the old Adreno 330 (former high end GPU) in the Snapdragon 810. Therefore, it should be able to handle most Android games up to Full HD fluently.

Qualcomm Adreno 540Qualcomm Adreno 510
ManufacturerQualcommQualcomm
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 compare @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512 compare
Adreno 510
Adreno 509 compare
Adreno 508 compare @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 compare @ 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
Adreno 509 compare
Adreno 508 compare @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 compare @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 compare @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 compare @ 0.45 GHz
Core710 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyes
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 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 510GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM89768 x 1800 MHz? MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM89566 x 1800 MHz? MHz? MHz
min. - max.? MHz? - 710 MHz

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
2.1 pt (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 16794     avg: 53776     median: 56046.5 (9%)     max: 58360 Points
min: 21087     avg: 21766     median: 21533 (3%)     max: 23175 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
17290 Points (2%)
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%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
min: 3586     avg: 4690     median: 4956 (37%)     max: 5269 Points
min: 1381     avg: 1454     median: 1441.5 (11%)     max: 1579 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
min: 3682     avg: 5894     median: 6245.5 (22%)     max: 6475 Points
min: 1354     avg: 1395     median: 1389.5 (5%)     max: 1459 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
min: 2866     avg: 3801     median: 3840 (40%)     max: 4101 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 3324     avg: 4231     median: 4347 (36%)     max: 4490 Points
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
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 510
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 540
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 510
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen
min: 43     avg: 55.2     median: 54 (6%)     max: 64 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan
min: 29     avg: 42.3     median: 40 (11%)     max: 58 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 (4%)     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 (4%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Offscreen
min: 22     avg: 24.5     median: 24 (6%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench Car Chase Onscreen
min: 11     avg: 19.5     median: 15 (6%)     max: 50 fps
Basemark ES 2.0 - Basemark ES 2.0
44.8 fps (74%)
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 High Quality
min: 38752     avg: 38763     median: 38762.5 (88%)     max: 38773 Points
15120 Points (34%)
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 Medium Quality
44696 Points (99%)
26078 Points (58%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 2D Graphics Tests
8356 Points (18%)
6078 Points (13%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
3409 Points (12%)
2559 Points (9%)
Smartbench 2012 - Smartbench 2012 Gaming Index
4270 (93%)

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 100% n=15

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 510 → 39% n=15

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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
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
ultra
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 61 fps ~ 61 fps
Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3

2018
low
100%
Adreno 540:
30 fps 60 fps ~ 45 fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
Battle Bay

Battle Bay

2018
low
100%
Adreno 540:
121 fps  fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
121 fps  fps
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
83%
Adreno 510:
30 50 57 60 ~ 49 fps
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 510:
29 30 30 ~ 30 fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 ~ 30 fps
90%
Adreno 510:
20 29 30 30 ~ 27 fps
Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends

2013
high
100%
Adreno 540:
29.5 fps  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Adreno 540:
20.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Adreno 540:
14.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Adreno 540:
12.6  fps
Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

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

Temple Run 2

2013
high
100%
Adreno 540:
60  fps

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming Qualcomm Adreno 510 → 91%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 83%

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