Adreno 610 vs Mali-G52 MC2

Are you looking to purchase a new smartphone and confused between the GPU performance of Adreno 610 and Mali-G52 MC2?

Then, you've arrived at the right place.

While Adreno 610 comes alongside the Snapdragon 665 and 662 SOC, the Mali-G52 MC2 comes with MediaTek's Helio G70, G80, and G85.

Both the chips offer decent gaming performance in the mid-range segment and it is a close battle. 

Let's first begin with the difference in the benchmarks of these two GPUs.

Performance Review

Centurion Mark

Centurion Mark represents the overall performance of this GPU. This score is based on real-world gaming performance of the GPU.

Mali-G52 MC2 81.6
Adreno 610 80.2

Synthetic Benchmarks

Synthetic benchmarks measure the compute performance and the 3D rendering capabilities of a GPU.

Antutu GPU Score

Mali-G52 MC2 42741
Adreno 610 32570

Geekbench 5 Vulkan Score

Mali-G52 MC2 1159
Adreno 610 468

In real-world gaming performance which is represented by Centurion Mark, the Mali-G52 MC2 is only slightly ahead. 

However, on synthetic benchmarks like Antutu and Geekbench, the difference is much large. One of the reasons why Mali GPUs have higher compute scores is due to their higher core count.

Specification

Name Adreno 610 Mali-G52 MC2
Manufacturer Qualcomm MediaTek
GPU Compute Units 1 2
Max Frequency 650 MHz 1000 MHz
Max Resolution Full HD+ Full HD+
HDR Support - -
API Support OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0, Vulkan 1.1, DirectX 12 OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.1, Vulkan 1.1
Video Playback H.264, H.265, VP8 and VP9 H.264, H.265 and VP9
Integrated in SOCs Snapdragon 665 and Snapdragon 662 Helio G85, Helio G80 and Helio G70

The Adreno 610 is manufactured by Qualcomm and it has 1 Compute Unit and a maximum clock speed of 650 MHz.

On the other hand, the Mali-G52 MC2 is based on ARM's design which MediaTek has implemented in its Helio G70, G80, and G85 SOCs. It has 2 Compute Units.

Mali-G52 is based on ARM's Bifrost architecture. It has a maximum clock speed of 1000 MHz but that is in the case of the Helio G85 SOC. For Helio G80 and G70, the max clock speed is 950 MHz and 820 MHz respectively.

While it may seem like Mali-G52 is considerably faster as it has double the Compute units and significantly higher clock speed, in reality, the performance difference isn't that significant as these two chips are based on a completely different architecture and hence the specs can't be compared directly. It is not an apples to apples comparison.

Both the GPUs support a maximum display resolution of Full HD+.

Can it Run these Games?

Game Adreno 610 Mali-G52 MC2
fortnite
pubg_mobile
subway_surfers
clash_of_clans
asphalt_9
free_fire
asphalt_8
cod_mobile

Both Adreno 610 and Mali-G52 MC2 can run the majority of the Android games really well with the exception of Fortnite.

The performance in games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile is really good while the performance in less intensive games is flawless.

If you're buying a smartphone for a good gaming experience on a budget, the phones with these two chips can be a really good choice.

Though Mali-G52 MC2 has a slight advantage when it comes to gaming performance, the difference isn't that noticeable for casual games.

However, if you take gaming seriously, the Mali-G52 MC2 would be a better choice.

Smartphones with Adreno 610 and Mali-G52 MC2

Adreno 610 Mali-G52 MC2
Motorola Moto G8 Plus Huawei Y9a
Nokia 5.3 Realme Narzo 20
Motorola Moto G8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Motorola Moto G Stylus Xiaomi Redmi 10X 4G
Motorola Moto G8 Power Realme 6i
Motorola Moto G Fast Xiaomi Redmi 9
Motorola Moto G Pro Realme Narzo 10A
Realme 5i Realme C3
Sony Xperia 10 II Xiaomi Poco M2
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Infinix Hot 10

Some of the popular smartphones having the Mali-G52 MC2 Graphics chip include Xiaomi Redmi Note 9, Poco M2, Redmi 9, Realme Narzo 20, 6i, Narzo 10A, and C3.

While some popular phones running on Adreno 610 are Motorola Moto G8, G8 Plus, Nokia 5.3, Realme 5i, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8.

For a better idea of the gaming performance of these phones, make sure to check out the individual reviews of the phone you're planning to buy.

Which one is Better?

Mali-G52 MC2 is winner against Adreno 610

The winner of this comparison is Mali-G52 MC2. It is slightly better when compared against the Adreno 610. 

When it comes to non-gaming tasks that can benefit from a GPU, the Mali-G52 MC2 has a good edge due to its higher number of Compute units. This can also be seen in the massive difference in their Geekbench 5 Vulkan Scores.

But when it comes to pure gaming, the performance difference isn't significant. Most people won't be able to notice any difference in the gaming performance of smartphones running on either of these GPUs.

But yes, the Mali-G52 MC2 is a better GPU overall.