Notebookcheck Logo

Qualcomm Adreno 540 vs Qualcomm Adreno 650 vs Qualcomm Adreno 508

Qualcomm Adreno 540

► remove from comparison

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 650

► remove from comparison Qualcomm Adreno 650

The Qualcomm Adreno 650 is a smartphone and tablet GPU that is integrated within the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 865+ and 870 SoCs. The chip will be available from early 2020 and will be used mainly in high-end Android devices. The base clock speed of the GPU is 250 MHz and the boost depends on the used SoC. For the 865 it is 587 MHz, the 865 Plus increased to 846 MHz and the 2021 870 reached 670 MHz.

According to Qualcomm, the Adreno 650 GPU offers a 25% improved performance over the Adreno 640, its predecessor, which is integrated into the Snapdragon 855 SoC. The enhanced performance is achieved by the Adreno 650 having 50% more compute units (ALUs) than the Adreno 640. Furthermore, the clock speed of the pixel shaders was also increased by 50%.

The performance in our first benchmarks of a reference system positions itself above the ARM Mali-G76 MP16 and e.g. in 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme even on the top spot. In GFXBench only the Apple A13 GPU is able to best the Adreno 650 (regarding smartphone GPUs).

As a novelty, the GPU driver can be updated in the Android Play Store. Furthermore, some features are running under the Elite Gaming brand (e.g., 144 Hz display support, desktop forward rendering). 

The Adreno 650 supports Vulkan 1.1, DirectX 12, OpenGL ES 3.2, and OpenCL 2.0 FP. Furthermore, games and videos can use HDR10+ and Dolby Vision (with a supported display). The 650 supports 2 displays with up to 4K 60 Hz / QHD+ 144 Hz.

Qualcomm Adreno 508

► remove from comparison

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 650Qualcomm Adreno 508
Adreno 500 Series
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512
Adreno 510
Adreno 509
Adreno 508 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 660
Adreno 650 @ 0.25 - 0.67 GHz
Adreno 685
Adreno 680
Adreno 642
Adreno 642L
Adreno 640
Adreno 630
Adreno 620
Adreno 619
Adreno 619L
Adreno 618
Adreno 616
Adreno 612
Adreno 610
Adreno 540 @ 0.71 GHz
Adreno 530 @ 0.62 GHz
Adreno 512
Adreno 510
Adreno 509
Adreno 508 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 506 @ 0.65 GHz
Adreno 505 @ 0.45 GHz
Adreno 504 @ 0.45 GHz
Core Speed710 MHz250 - 670 (Boost) MHz650 MHz
Shared Memoryyesyesyes
APIDirectX 12, OpenGL ES 3.2DirectX 12, OpenGL ES 3.2DirectX 12.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan
technology10 nm7 nm14 nm
FeaturesOpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12, Vulkan 1.1OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Direct3D 12 (FL 12_1)
Date of Announcement22.03.2017 04.12.2019 08.05.2017
ArchitectureAdreno 600Adreno 500
CPU in Adreno 540GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998)8 x 2450 MHz? MHz710 MHz
CPU in Adreno 650GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G8 x 2420 MHz, 5 W? MHz670 MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)8 x 2420 MHz, 5 W250 MHz646 MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8658 x 2420 MHz, 5 W250 MHz587 MHz
min. - max.250 - ? MHz587 - 710 MHz
CPU in Adreno 508GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 6308 x 2200 MHz? MHz? 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
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 (30%)     max: 5269 Points
min: 7970     avg: 9600     median: 9740.5 (58%)     max: 11492 Points
min: 11617     avg: 13059     median: 12858 (30%)     max: 16809 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
min: 2866     avg: 3801     median: 3840 (33%)     max: 4101 Points
min: 6960     avg: 8118     median: 8097 (70%)     max: 8975 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 3324     avg: 4231     median: 4347 (17%)     max: 4490 Points
min: 8633     avg: 9744     median: 9498 (37%)     max: 11999 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
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 650
min: 50     avg: 88.1     median: 90 (3%)     max: 142 fps
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 508
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 650
min: 168     avg: 209.9     median: 206 (2%)     max: 266 fps
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 + Qualcomm Adreno 508
min: 50     avg: 78.1     median: 71.5 (20%)     max: 117 fps
min: 96     avg: 125.4     median: 125 (10%)     max: 151 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
min: 8.9     avg: 12.9     median: 15 (10%)     max: 16 fps
min: 18     avg: 28.1     median: 30 (19%)     max: 40 fps
min: 2.7     avg: 3     median: 3.1 (2%)     max: 3.2 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
min: 9.3     avg: 9.7     median: 9.7 (3%)     max: 9.9 fps
min: 18     avg: 21.1     median: 21 (7%)     max: 27 fps
min: 1.7     avg: 1.8     median: 1.9 (1%)     max: 1.9 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
min: 14     avg: 20.8     median: 24 (12%)     max: 26 fps
min: 27     avg: 43.8     median: 46 (22%)     max: 57 fps
min: 4.4     avg: 5.1     median: 5.2 (3%)     max: 5.4 fps
GFXBench - GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
min: 25     avg: 25.6     median: 26 (3%)     max: 26 fps
min: 27     avg: 54.6     median: 54 (7%)     max: 67 fps
min: 4.9     avg: 5.3     median: 5.3 (1%)     max: 5.6 fps
min: 24     avg: 40.8     median: 44 (1%)     max: 54 fps
min: 39     avg: 52.4     median: 51 (0%)     max: 62 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 High Quality
min: 38752     avg: 38763     median: 38762.5 (88%)     max: 38773 Points
Basemark X 1.1 - Basemark X 1.1 Medium Quality
44696 Points (99%)
Basemark GPU 1.2 - Basemark GPU 1.2 Vulkan Official Medium Offscreen 1080
min: 72.6     avg: 74.9     median: 74.2 (6%)     max: 77.8 fps
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 2D Graphics Tests
8356 Points (8%)
54110 Points (54%)
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - PerformanceTest Mobile 3D Graphics Tests
3409 Points (8%)
42627 Points (95%)
Power Consumption - GFXBench Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen Power Consumption 150cd *
min: 5.18     avg: 7.7     median: 7.4 (8%)     max: 12.7 Watt
012345678910111213Tooltip

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 540 → 100% n=15

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 650 → 211% n=15

Average Benchmarks Qualcomm Adreno 508 → 27% n=15

- 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
150%
Adreno 650:
60 fps 119 fps ~ 90 fps
high
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
195%
Adreno 650:
117 fps  fps
ultra
100%
Adreno 540:
60 fps  fps
148%
Adreno 650:
60 fps 118 fps ~ 89 fps
Call of Duty Mobile

Call of Duty Mobile

2020
ultra
Adreno 650:
60 fps  fps
Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact

2020
low
Adreno 650:
60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
ultra
Adreno 650:
59 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps ~ 60 fps
Armajet

Armajet

2020
high
Adreno 650:
30 fps 30 fps 30 fps 59 fps 60 fps 60 fps 62 fps 64 fps 85 fps 91 fps 114 fps 117 fps 119 fps 120 fps ~ 74 fps
PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

2018
low
Adreno 650:
40 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps 60 fps 90 fps ~ 61 fps
med.
Adreno 650:
40 fps 60 fps