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Qualcomm Adreno 330

Qualcomm Adreno 330

The Qualcomm Adreno 330 is a GPU for smartphones and tablets that is integrated into Qualcomm SoCs. It was introduced in the middle of 2013 and was primarily used for Android devices. The graphics card uses a technology called FlexRender. It can switch "intelligently" switch between TBR (TBR Tile Based Renderer) and the classic direct rendering. It supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and is mostly used in Android based smartphones and tablets.

The graphics clock rate of the Adreno 330 differs from the used SoC where it is built in. It ranges from 450 MHz in the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, over 550 MHz in the MSM8974AB up to 578 MHz in the Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC. In addition, there are some architectural changes compared to the former Adreno 320 (e.g. more shader cores).

As a high-end GPU (in 2013) for Android based SoCs, the Adreno 330 is able to cope with even demanding games and high resolution displays. As you can see in our tests benchmarks below, the performance is similar to the PowerVR G6430 in the Apple A7 SoC.

We tested a Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 with a 450 MHz clocked Adreno 330 in a Acer Liquid S2 (see our review). The games run in 1920x1080 on this phablet and are therefore quite demanding.

Real Racing 3 was running quite good on some tracks in "high" settings (set with RR3 Graphics App) and stuttering on other tracks with many cars visible. In medium settings it ran fluently all the time. However battery consumption (25% in 3 races with a total runtime of 45 min) and heat development (max 42°C = 108°F) were quite high.

Fifa 14 and Angry Birds Go were also well playable although there was some slight stuttering visible in both games (may be caused by the game itself). Angry Birds Go also felt like running most of the times in lower fps regions.

The older but still demanding GTA 3 was no problem for the Liquid S2 as were less demanding games like Subway Surf or Temple Run 2. Especially the later two ran in high fps regions.

ManufacturerQualcomm
Adreno 300 Series
Adreno 330 32 @ 450 - 578 (Boost) MHz
Adreno 320 (compare) 16 @ 400 MHz
Adreno 308 (compare) 6
Adreno 306 (compare) 6 @ 450 MHz
Adreno 305 (compare) 6 @ 450 MHz
Adreno 304 (compare) 6 @ 400 MHz
Adreno 302 (compare) 6 @ 400 MHz
Pipelines32 - unified
Core Speed450 - 578 (Boost) MHz
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 9_3
technology28 nm
Date of Announcement07.01.2013
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC4 x 2450 MHz578 MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB4 x 2360 MHz578 MHz? MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB4 x 2360 MHz578 MHz? MHz
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min. - max.450 - ? MHz? - 450 MHz

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 10153     avg: 17810.1     median: 18007 (3%)     max: 22684 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 7283     avg: 9050.6     median: 9118 (1%)     max: 10768 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 10184     avg: 15992.4     median: 17935 (2%)     max: 21680 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited 2560x1440
0 Points (0%)
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time 1920x1080
min: 34     avg: 59.1     median: 59 (11%)     max: 69 fps
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Fixed Time
min: 37     avg: 49.6     median: 51 (85%)     max: 54 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 8     avg: 10.5     median: 11 (2%)     max: 12 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 4     avg: 11.4     median: 11 (3%)     max: 26 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
0 fps (0%)
AnTuTu 3DRating - 3DRating V4.0 for OpenGL ES 2.0 1024x2048
min: 4826     avg: 5231     median: 5231 (39%)     max: 5636 Points
AnTuTu 3DRating
10143 Points (100%)
Basemark ES 2.0 - Taiji Free
min: 43     avg: 58.6     median: 59 (98%)     max: 60 fps
Basemark X 1.0 - Off-Screen
min: 11     avg: 14.1     median: 14 (67%)     max: 15 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality
min: 8851     avg: 11510.2     median: 11943 (27%)     max: 12943 fps
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality
min: 17913     avg: 22815.1     median: 23230 (52%)     max: 25299 fps
NenaMark2
min: 58     avg: 59.7     median: 59 (88%)     max: 60 fps
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 2D Graphics Tests
min: 1829     avg: 3304.4     median: 3382 (18%)     max: 4122 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - 3D Graphics Tests
min: 786     avg: 1326.1     median: 1242 (22%)     max: 2061 Points
Smartbench 2012 - Gaming Index
min: 3414     avg: 4238.3     median: 4354 (95%)     max: 4568 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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 detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Battle Bay

Battle Bay

2018
high
34  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Dead Trigger 2

Dead Trigger 2

2013
high
27 2392 x 1440 30 32 1920 x 1080 fps ~ 30 fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 14 Mobile Android

Fifa 14 Mobile Android

2013
high
29 2392 x 1440 29.4 1920 x 1080 ~ 29 fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne

2013
low
28 2392 x 1440  fps    + Compare
high
27.7 2392 x 1440 fps 28 1920 x 1080 28 29 1920x1080 ~ 28 fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Gangstar Vegas

Gangstar Vegas

2013
ultra
16 2392 x 1440  fps 20.3 1920 x 1080 ~ 18 fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Real Racing 3

Real Racing 3

2013
high
23 2392 x 1440 fps 28.5 1920x1080  fps ~ 26 fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

2013
high
58  59 1440 x 2406 fps 59 1920x1080 ~ 59 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers

2012
high
49 1440 x 2406 56 1920x1080  fps ~ 53 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Grand Theft Auto 3 Android

Grand Theft Auto 3 Android

2011
low
24.5 2392 x 1440 27 1920 x 1080 ~ 26 fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Minecraft - Pocket Edition

2011
ultra
45 2392 x 1440 57.9 1920 x 1080 ~ 51 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
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