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Qualcomm’s Adreno 430 GPU Leads the Pack in Latest GFX Benchmark Test

January 23, 2015 - Written By Greg Bernard

New benchmark tests from the popular GFX Benchmark Test reveal that the speed and power of the new Adreno 430 GPU are the highest in its class. The Adreno 430 GPU is used in Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 SoC. While Samsung fans everywhere are bemoaning the possible exclusion of Qualcomm’s latest processor in the Samsung Galaxy S6, tech experts are rejoicing at the raw power of the 64-bit Snapdragon 810, and now its GPU as well. The Adreno 430 beat out every other GPU for the title of the highest benchmark on the GFX Benchmark site. The phone was tested powering an MSM8994 development board with a 4K display to demonstrate its superior graphics ability.

The benchmark test pitted the GPU against the previous Adreno 330 of the HTC One (M8) in 2nd, and the ARM Mali-T769 used in the Galaxy Note 4 (Snapdragon 805, Adreno 420 GPU), which clocked in at 3rd place. The PowerVR GX6450 GPU from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus came in 4th for graphics processing. The first mainstream phone to sport the Snapdragon 810 and Adreno 430 GPU will be the LG G Flex 2. The LG G Flex 2 is LG’s sequel to last year’s LG G Flex, which boasted one of the first curved displays stretched over the semi-flexible body. The LG G Flex 2 will be released to U.S. markets a week from tomorrow, and will be shipping the same curved design, a scratch-resistant body, a fast laser-focusing camera, and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Snapdragon 810 made headlines this and last month when rumors began to circulate that it would not be included in Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S6, because of overheating issues in the test models. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are considered by most to be at the top of their class in mobile processors and are one of the first chipsets to support 64-bit processing. However, there is some concern over the sustainability of the Snapdragon 810 and other chipsets, as they may overheat as they continue to grow in speed and power. As chips shrink to approach the microscopic level, it will not be long before we reach the limits of physics. For now, however, we can still expect some advancements in processing speed and efficiency.