Processor : Adreno vs MALI. Know about GPU

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About the processor

Hello everyone, I am Bhargav Valani. I am here for you with another informative blog. I hope you like this. Since past few days we are forwarding to the technical terms. In this Blog I am going to tell you the difference between Adreno and Mali GPU’s and going to find out which one is better? I think we should more know about the processor that we are using in daily life.

Mali processor

First let’s talk about Mali, Mali is the GPU series maintained by ARM technology, they are used by most of the chipmakers such as mediatek, samsung, spreadtrum and Nvidia. Pros and cons of Mali:

First let’s talk about pros of Mali: 1. Low Price Chipsets for Mali is cheaper than other chipsets, even a smaller company without much investments can use these chipsets, that is why a lot of budget oriented smartphones comes with Mali GPU.

HIgh clock speed (Mali Processor)

2. High Clock speeds Mali GPU’s have higher clock speed than most of the Adreno GPU’s even in the top end. For example: Most popular snapdragon 625 has Adreno 506 GPU which has a clock speed of 650 Mhz while in the same segment Mali-T880 offers a clock speed of 850 MHz.

As a result, Mali GPU is better suite for rendering graphics.

Now let’s talk about cons of Mali: 1. Fewer shader cores Mali GPU’s have fewer shader cores than its competitor. Mali has less Gflops compared to Adreno. Gflops means billion floating operations per second,

Which is a measure of performance, which is less in Mali. This is why top-end games such as asphalt 8 are fail to play efficiently on Mali GPU’s.

Mali has limited Configuration

2. Limited configuration For example: Mali T720 MP2 contains only two cores. Also if we talk about budget smartphones such as lenovo k8 note, it has Mali-T880 MP4, which has only 4 cores while in the same price you will get Adreno 506 GPU from other brand like Xiaomi,

Which has better configuration the Mali-T880. 3. Overheat Due to high clock frequencies, Mali GPU’s are more versatile, that leads to overheating. You can observe overheating issues while processing heavy applications or playing games on your mobile. Now let’s talk about Adreno.

Adreno processor

Adreno is the name of the GPU series develop by Qualcomm for use in their SoCs. Companies like Xiaomi, LG, some phones of samsung use Adreno GPU’s. And even google pixel uses Adreno 540 GPU.

Prons of Adreno: 1. High Performance: Adreno performance is higher than Mali. Thus, in snapdragon 625, processing power of Adreno 506 is about 130 GFLOPS. While its rival MTK Helio P10 with GP Mali T860 Mp2 has the processing power of only 47 Gflops.

2.Support for newer API: Adreno has a larger set of API i.e software developer tools and their newer versions than Mali.

3.Less tendency to overheat: Due to lower clock frequencies and multiple processors, Adreno GPU’s are more powerful and on average less likely to overheat than Mali.

Cons : Adreno : Speed should be less optimized than MALI

Cons: 1. Expensive: Qualcomm manages more than pay for licensing ARM Mali competitors. Therefore, the American company chipsets are more expensive than the same MTK.

2. Worst optimization software: About 20% of all smartphones sold in the world use the Mali graphics. As a result, the proportion of Mali on the market is greater. And game developers optimize them in the first place. 3. Smaller Fillrate in rendering: In Adreno, texturing is relatively weak.

Adreno 530 is able to render 600 million triangles per/sec. While Mali G71 does a much better job by rendering 850 million triangles per/sec. Conclusion: On the side of Adreno, more powerful computing units, better support for new technologies, the fewer problem with heating.

But Mali is taking accessibility, powerful rendering domain, clock frequency and popularity, thanks to software optimization. In reality, at initial or budget Mali is preferable. But in solid middle class and flagship, Adreno takes the lead which is not surprising.


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