Early Nvidia Tegra K1 benchmarks look promising

Though only announced last week, Nvidia’s Tegra K1 SoC, the company’s new mobile processor, has already been benchmarked and the results look quite good.

Tom’s Hardware took a look at the Kepler-based GPU using cross-platform which, on the provided reference device, was running its four Cortex-A15 cores at 2.0Ghz, lower than the 2.3Ghz it will eventually ship with. But even at this early stage, the GPU scores shine, eclipsing all other mobile chipsets on the market, including current leader, Apple’s A7.

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For example, in the popular Kishonti GFXBench benchmark, the Tegra K1 is over 50% faster at the same resolution than the iPhone 5s. The K1 also pulls ahead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and Apple’s A7 in the Futuremark 3DMark test, especially in the graphics department.

It’s likely that the A7’s CPU cores, which are based on the much newer ARMv8 architecture, are still much faster, even in dual-core configuration, than the K1’s Cortex-A15 cores, but later this year the K1 will ship in a dual-core 64-bit ARMv8 version, which should be far more CPU-competitive.

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Another benchmark from Chinese site MyDrivers.com puts the K1 graphics chip ahead of Intel’s own HD Graphics 4400 GPU, and far ahead of the iPad Air. 

These results certainly bode well for Nvidia, as the Tegra 4 never quite received the same recognition as the Tegra 3 a year earlier, despite being far more powerful.

Source: Tom’s Hardware, WCCFTech

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