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With mobile gaming giving consoles a run for their money, visuals need to look sharp and crisp. And this requires backing of a strong SOC with a powerful enough GPU onboard. With several SOC manufacturers in the market, the competition is stronger than the PC market where only two players are present.

We’ve come a long way from those jagged textured games on our phones to this.


A few benchmark test should however clear the things as to where these GPUs stand against each other. We’re only considering GFXBench scores in our test since the results are mostly consistent with other benchmarking tools out there. First, the best stuff from last year.

t rex test gpu

gpu benchmark score

The new A7 chip on the iPad Air and the iPhone 5s beats everything else in the benchmarks, including the Adreno 330 GPU, making Apple again the most powerful gaming platform.  Qualcomm still is second in the game with the Adreno 330 GPU on the Snapdragon 800 SoC. The Mali-628 on the Galaxy Note 3 comes in third, while the older SGX 544 and 543 on the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5c are no longer the leaders of the game.


adreno 320 vs mali t604

adreno 330 vs 320


adreno 320 vs sgx 544

adreno 330 vs adreno 320


There’s quite a difference in the results of the two tests. While the older GFX Bench 2.5 shows that the Adreno 320 on Snapdragon 600 is clearly ahead of its Snapdragon S4 Pro version, in the newer test, things are the other way around. But the ambiguity is only with the Galaxy S4, whereas HTC One is clearly ahead of Xperia Z and Nexus 4 in both the tests. Also, updated scores for Galaxy S4 with SGX544 show a decline in points scored in both the tests, while HTC One benefits from the Android 4.2.2 update it received recently.

After the Adreno 330, the next spot is held by the SGX554 found on iPad 4, while Adreno 320 follows next. While both Snapdragon S4 Pro and Snapdragon 600 pack the same GPU, the one on Snapdragon 600 is slightly faster. SGX544 follows behind Adreno 320 according to the updated scores.

Next in line would be Mali T604 found on Nexus 10. We’ve yet to see this GPU on any other device. Once you move past these GPUs, you’ll notice the performance according to these benchmarks degrades considerably. The numbers posted by other GPUs are nowhere close to the ones posted by the GPUs we mentioned above. Here are some further results just to prove that.

gfx for older devices



GL Benchmark 2.1 Pro Offscreen 720p

GL Benchmark 2.1 Egypt Offscreen 720p

glbenchmark tests

If you look at these charts, you’ll find that after moving past Adreno 320, Mali 400MP on Galaxy S III and SGX 543MP3 are the forces to recon with. The SGX 543MP4 is another tablet exclusive which can be found in the iPad 3 and has performance similar to that of SGX 543MP3 on the iPhone 5. Moving on, we find Adreno 305 and 225 next in line. While the old tests shows Adreno 225 as being more powerful than Adreno 305, the new tests state otherwise and we’re sticking with that.

The Mali 400MP on the Galaxy S III is no slacker either, with performance close to the levels of Adreno 225 again. After that SGX 543MP2 and Mali 400 on the Galaxy SII take their turn. It is noteworthy to mention that a lot of people confuse the Mali 400 on Galaxy S II being the same as the one found in S III. Well, that’s definitely not the case and the GPU can be configured in a number of ways with multiple cores. Obviously, the Mali 400 on S III has more cores than the one on Galaxy S II.

In the Adreno territory, Adreno 220 is the next in line after Adreno 225 and is followed by Adreno 203 and Adreno 205 respectively. You won’t find Adreno 205 in any new phones, as Snapdragon S2 seems to have been discontinued by Qualcomm. If compared to SGX 540 and SGX 535, Adreno 203 seems to deliver better performance than both the GPUs.

Now if that’s settled, you can also check this post to compare the CPUs in present day smartphones.



  • Anonymous

    The Mali GPU on SII is 400MP, the differences from MALI on SIII is higher clock on SIII.

  • Anup Sindagi

    Great work Sharang. It provided just what I needed to buy a new phone. I was going to compromise with Adreno 203, know I’m clear to go for PowerVR SGX544. XOLO Q800 > Titanium S5 ? Right?

    • sharang33

      the sgx listed above is for galaxy s4..these gpus come in multiple configurations and with different number of cores..still i suspect that the 544 on q800 will be better than 203..

  • Anup Sindagi

    Now*, lol.

  • Ajay

    cleared all my doubts, excellent !!

  • Rim

    Hey:)Sony c2105 is Sony Xperia L?

    • mikel8


      • Rim

        I wanna buy the device…Is proccesor the phone good?What can you say about the proccesor?

        • h3h33

          i have played modern combat 4 and asphalt 8 on very high, and dead trigger 2 on high without lag..

  • kawal

    adreno 225 is better or adreno 305

    • intensegamer

      adreno 305, no questions asked

      • Miguel Angel


  • Dipesh Ranjit

    adreno 203 or adreno 320…. which is better…. still so confuse…..

    • Dipesh Ranjit

      sry, i wrote it wrong, adreno 203 or adreno 305

      • sharang33


  • dip

    which is better gpu adreno 305 or mali 400mp?

    • sharang33

      almost head to head, check the benchmarks above

  • aan

    s iii mini (mali400) or xperia L (adreno 305). which one the best? maybe adreno 305?

    • sharang33

      almost head to head, while Galaxy S III excels in some benchmarks, Adreno 305 is ahead in others. Galaxy S III is a better phone overall though.

  • Natash

    adreno 225 is better or adreno 320?

    • sharang33

      adreno 320

  • Soul

    so does it mean that games will work better on xperia z than s3??

    • Vaki

      Dont you get it that s3 is shit now! its was the best in its time but now it is shit compared to any new device especially with adreno 320 and 330. S3 is outdated, but still it is a good phone.

  • QMAMBO13

    & so “AWESOME” job – Howz boutz Mali 628T vs Adreno 330, vs VR 554/544,…….;

  • Nick

    Adreno 225 vs PowerVr_sgx544mp.. Which is better???

  • Soumya

    PowerVR SGX 544 or Adreno 305 which is better????????

    • Soumya

      sry PowerVR SGX 544MP or Adreno 305 which is better????????

  • lazyket

    1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4460, Cortex-A9, Dual-Core with PowerVR SGX540 or 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227, Krait, Dual-Core with adreno305. which one is better?

    • Guest

      huawei g700 or huawei g730?
      which one is better?
      please help quickly

  • Xperia

    andreno 330 from xperia z ultra is the best

  • Moh M Kash

    Adreno 330 vs Mali-T628? Deciding which to get, Note 3 LTE or 3G

  • sagar

    which is better mali 400mp on s3 or adreno 320 on xperia z

  • Sanjay

    IMG SGX544 with 1.2 GHz MTK6589 Quad Core Processor vs 1 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Processor with Adreno 305 , which is better,,,?
    reply fast

    • Nolin

      In terms of graphics related (Gaming) performance the adreno 305 beats the SGX544 but in terms of other performances the 1.2 GHz MTK6589 Quad Core Processor is just (very slightly) above the 1 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Processor.

  • Sanjay

    which is better xperia SP 0r xperia L,,,,, in all aspect and camera opinion also,,,

    • xperia

      If you have the money go for SP, it will be nice because of its 4.6 display and powerfull dual core cpu with adreno 320. If you just want to save the money, Xperial L will outclass many other expensive phones, the camara is pretty much the same in both but SP can record 1080p where L has this disabled and it wont be an easy task to enable it. SP can conect to PS3 remote and L can only do this with six axis app.
      Gamingly talking 😛 they both deliver smooth gameplay although SP is ready for the future heavier games.
      Xperia L will be nicer in your pocket and handles everything perfectly well

  • Sebastian Michaelis

    Whats better tegra4 on Nvidia shield n Nvidia note(72core gpu |ULP GeForce|) or andreno 330 on xperia z ultra.
    but u can streaming game pc by Nvidia Shield

  • Sebastian Michaelis

    Im sure if tegra4 much better than andreno330 on xperia Z Ultra.

  • jay

    it too depends on processor and optimization of os…

  • mayank

    tegra 3 vs mali 400 vs adreno 305?? xolo play vs xperia u vs xperia m? plz suggest among them or any other under 14k,sony would be preferable

    • Adreno

      I’d go for Xperia M with Adreno 305 and its dual core 1ghz, good price for it delivers. AND it delivers smooth gameplay at Real Racing 3. I tested a dual core 1.6 with mali400 and it wasnt smooth at any time, tegra 3 failed a bit as well. Mediatek quad 1.2 played smooth too, found on Xperia C with 5inch.

    • emmanuel leorn

      Only Tegra3 Chipset available in India assuming you are in India is Xolo Play But Xolo has heating Issues so better go for Nexus which runs on Tegra3!!!! Go for Xperia U , Xperia M reviews are suggesting that it’s not a good buy for Gaming!!!! Definite no no for Xolo!!!!

  • Alex

    Hey. thx for benchmarks but i dont see the PowerVR SGX544MP2 or MP3. How do you compare the MP2 with Mali 400MP3 and Adreno 320? Which is better and with how much?

    • emmanuel leorn

      Adreno 320 is good but I reckon PowerVR SGX544MP2 is better…..

  • Jawwad

    ChipsetMTK MT6589M

    CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz

    GPUPowerVR SGX 544MP

    Huawei ascend510
    ChipsetQualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon
    CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5
    GPUAdreno 203

    which one is better for gaming? keeping in mind 610 is more expensive then 510

    • Ash

      I’ve purchased Ascend G526 it is much better for gaming. the price is also reasonable

    • emmanuel leorn

      Huawei 610 is better…. How much is the Price Difference

      • omer

        Power VR SGX 544MP OR MALI 400 mp?

  • Hussain

    which mobile is best… xperia L or galaxy s3 mini ? pls answer me… Thanks in advance….

    • emmanuel leorn

      Dont for S3 Mini go for S3 or Grand2

  • Abhijith S

    adreno 203 vs mali 400 mp…which 1 is the bxt.. ?

    • emmanuel leorn

      Obviously Mali 400 MP is better…..

  • reno

    GPU PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 and andreno 305?

    • reno

      GPU PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 and adreno 305?

  • AMK

    Moto G with the following specs:

    Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
    Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
    Adreno 305

    How good / suitable is it for gaming?

  • Rahul Yadav

    which is better adreno 305 vs mali400mp

  • MSK

    Adreno 320 or 305 or powervr sgx 544mp or mali 400 mp2?

  • somebody

    How about PowerVR SGX544 vs MALI-450??? Which one is better??

  • Yug Shende

    I think the Moto X will blow more gas into the adreno 320 competition . It’s got a quad-core pumped up version of the gpu.

  • bhaskar

    please tell me gaming processor Adreno 330 or 320 or 300 or305

  • bhaskar

    please tell me gaming processor Adreno 305 or 320

  • bhaskar

    please tell me gaming processor Adreno 305 or Hexa-core 1.5 GHz

  • Guest

    please tell me gaming processor Adreno 320 or Hexa-core 1.5 GHz

  • bhaskar

    please tell me gaming processor Adreno 305 or Hexa-core 1.5 GHz

  • bhaskar

    ppppppppppplease tell me gaming processor Adreno 320 or 305

    320 is 4 cors but 305 is 2 cors what is best place place tellme

    • Miguel Angel

      The 320 are 4 305 in the single die (aka 4 times better). And 305 is monocore not dual

  • Meysam

    huawei g700 or huawei g730?
    which one is better?
    please help quickly

  • alxSoft

    All GPU’s are better on HTC devices than Samsung devices! LOL

  • qahsgdf

    Adreno 225 or Mali-400MP4 or PowerVR SGX544?

  • hisyamviviano

    which is better Adreno 225 or PowerVR SGX544MP2 ?

  • ZéBedeu

    Bullshit! SoCs based on adreno 320 (Optimus G and Nexus 4) run poor framerates on Real Racing 3 and Ridge Racer, this games run more smooth on Galaxy SIII and other devices non SnapDragon S4Pro. poor framerates related too on Galaxy S4 SnapDragon 600 version.

  • Pedro Thevenard

    Galaxy s3 adreno 400 or moto g 305?

  • omer

    Mali 400mp or power VR 544MP?

  • Cyrus

    Power VR SGX 544 (Huawei Ascend G700) OR MALI 450 mp4 (STAR Z2)? Thanks in advance

  • Ankit Das

    (Meditek MT6592=1.7 Ghz Octa-Cortex A7 + Mali 450MP4) vs. (Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400+Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7+Adreno 305) vs. (Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon S4 Pro +Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait+Adreno 320) ?
    1. WHich Fone Gives best gaming Performance?
    2. Which fone has Best multi tasking performance?
    3.Which fone Gives best overall performance?
    PS- It’s karbonn Octane Plus vs. Moto G vs. The albeit Older Xperia SP !

  • Rajnikant Nannaware

    powervr sgx544 mp2 vs adreno 330 .which one is better??

    • linamiya


      adreno 330 better

  • rin

    PowerVR SGX544MP2 is better or Adreno 305, 450 MHz

  • ayush jitani

    adreno 305 is better or PowerVR SGX544MP2

  • Mihai Avram

    which is better Mali 400M or adreno 305 ??

  • Cons De Venecia Gabotinosa

    there is new adreno 420 in the market..

  • Ranju

    Mali-T760 or Adreno 405 …….which is better ?????

  • adfadkhgasdf

    didnt look promising..
    just look how apple product always at top rank..
    just play exact same title game, in iphone and any android flagship, and see those FPS difference between them..
    iphone GPU is inferior in paper and real game

  • Travis Pratt

    Hey can anyone point me to a current article like this that includes some of the new players like the Intel z3735 and similar and the new Chinese socs? I’ve no idea which is which or even their names but an article like this is what I’ve been looking for.

  • Aryan Bansal

    How is Mali t720mp3 compared to t628 and t604