Tegra 4 vs Snapdragon 800: who will be the dominant player on the chipset market this year
0. phoneArena 14 Jan 2013, 04:15 posted on
CES 2013 was the show of mobile chipsets. First, it was Nvidia that announced its next-gen processor, the Tegra 4, followed by Qualcomm and its new Snapdragon line. Finally, Samsung joined the party with its Exynos 5 Octa, but all in all we're more concerned with the Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800, as those end up used by multiple manufacturers and in multiple phones, whereas Samsung's Exynos is mostly reserved for Samsung's own high-end devices...
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22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Adreno 225 is anywhere from 30-50% more powerful than Tegra 3. So Adreno 320 is about 3x Tegra 3 given that Adreno 320 doubles Adreno 225.
Adreno 330 is about 6x Tegra 3 then, since it doubles Adreno 320. So based on pure numbers, if Tegra 4 = 6x Tegra 3; Adreno 330 = Tegra 4. So they're roughly equal (given various software/hardware differences).
Then it's a battle in CPU alone, since they're equal in graphics. But since the S4 Krait was about 20-30% sub par of A15, and the new Krait 400 brings 75% CPU increase from the S4 quad, that means the new Krait should bring about 40-50% increase in CPU performance when compared to the A15 architecture of Tegra 4.
So based on pure statistics given by Qualcomm and Nvidia, Qualcomm wins with the Snapdragon 800. But, let's wait for benchmarks. I'm tired of math.
24. anGel_pLayer (Posts: 53; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
Snapdragon for phone and the Tegra "4" tablet. Okay that was a bad pun... :)
26. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I dont even need to read the article to tell you that the Exynos5 is going to be the winner in sales volume, even if they put it in just one or 2 phones.. the SGS4 and Note 3. Samsung makes the vast vast majority of all Android sales and most of those samsung sales are Galaxy and Note devices.
So unless there is a supply problem from samsung to samsung or the android sales world just flips on its head, this article is showing who is battling for second, not first.
27. howardbarrett (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)
If we're talking about GPU only, then Rogue by a wide margin.
43. Captain_Doug (Posts: 976; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I don't care so much about how powerful a cup is in my phone. They're are plenty powerful for my usage case. I'm more interested in power consumption.
64. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
+10. Actually, even last year's S4 is enough if the software is well optimized. We just want it for bragging rights. Android is not powerful enough to take advantage of 4 cores anyway. That is why, my favorite SoC till date is Qualcommm MSM8930, which has 2 Krait Cores at 1.2 GHz + Adreno 305. Enough performance to run everything smoothly.
71. Captain_Doug (Posts: 976; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I'm still looking forward to the extra power but mostly for the battery savings of under clocking them. I'm thinking it'd be awesome to get the Snapdragon 800 and under clock it to 1.5-2.0ghz. That and porting Sony's deep sleep functionality. 2 days on 2300 mah? Sounds good to me.
45. yousef8824 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
tegra 4 for tablets
samsung 8core cpu for the s4
snapdragon 800 for next nexus
46. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
Tegra 4. I play a lot of games and Tegra does good with getting exclusive content and early releases on the newest high-quality games. Seeing how well the Tegra 3 chip did with both tablets and phones alike I feel like its a shoe-in for the win against the Snapdragon no matter what the case.
47. kingread (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)
Nvidia is a graphics demon, Snap Dragon is a speed demon, and Exynos is just a Chiset God
79. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Exynos is more like a failure this time around.
52. jroc74 (Posts: 5834; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
For phones....if LTE plays better with Tegra than Tegra. If not...I think for phones it will be Snapdragon, Tegra for tablets.
55. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Great to be a consumer? yes, yes I agree.
57. MC1123 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
tegra chips are good in gaming... while snapdragon is good at processing...
so i guess both are the best..but then again, manufacturers will still prefer snapdragon than tegra! look at the s4 pro! most of the flagship use them!
75. mikegonzalez2k (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
I love Nvidia but althrough Tegra3 was a great GPU, Adreno wiped the floor with it.
GL Benchmarks showed the Adreno 320 about 250 % ahead of the Tegra3.
Anyone with the intelligence to use Google can find plenty of articles that can support that statement. If history repeats itself then Qualcomm will find a way to beat Tegra4 with the Adreno 330.
78. Federated (Posts: 261; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
Intel Core i7 3970X Processor Extreme Edition will destroy both.
80. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Titan supercomputer will destroy everything.