First NVIDIA Tegra 4 benchmarks are in, lags behind the iPad's A6X SoC

First NVIDIA Tegra 4 benchmarks are in, lags behind the iPad's A6X SoC
Apparently, someone with access to a Tegra 4 evaluation board decided to take it for a spin and see what NVIDIA's new mobile chip was capable of. And what better way of doing that than running a few benchmarks aiming for a new high score? Well, whoever tested the Tegra 4 didn't quite get there, despite posting some pretty promising results on the GLBenchmark database.

The GLBenchmark results you see here were achieved using Dalmore, which is one of the two Tegra 4 evaluation boards that select developers get to play with. Android 4.2.1 was installed on it, and the display used during testing had a resolution of 1920 by 1128 pixels, as reported by the app. The Tegra 4 chip ran at a maximum clock speed of over 1.8GHz.

As we mentioned above, the Tegra 4 scored well, but couldn't quite get to the score reached by the fourth-generation iPad and its A6X system-on-a-chip. For example, while the former got an average of 32.6 fps on Egypt HD Offscreen running at 1080p, the iPad 4 managed to run the same test at 49.6 fps on average. 

Still, keep in mind that the Tegra 4 SoC was not tested on a smartphone or a tablet bound to hit the market. When fitted inside an actual product, its performance could increase after the necessary optimizations are applied. Feel free to browse the results yourself, but keep in mind that they have been taken down from the GLBenchmark database. Images, however, are still available in Google's cache. The links are below!

source: GLBenchmark (Google cache), (2), (3), (4)  via XDA-Developers,



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Benchmarks are NOT law. If benchmarks did matter more companies would use more methods to manipulate them like they used to.

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i think the problem is Android 4.2.1 , there is something wrong with the code , even the Tegra 3 -nexus 7 has shuttering issues ,they should try to run it on jellybean and rescore

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Android 4.2.1 IS Jelly Bean. Did you mean running it on Android 4.1.2 which is Jelly Bean also?

26. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

The fact is that tegra 4's graphic benchmark is even worse than Exynos 5250 on Nexus 10 which is also running on Android 4.2.1

27. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2525; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I haven't really read up on the Tegra 4 chipset, but did they fix the memory bandwith issue that plagued the Tegra 3? Perhaps that has to do with some of the lagged performance. Or it could be simple optimization problems.

35. AppleHateBoy unregistered

It's optimization. And perhaps the drivers are not ready yet. Once it's all done. I expect the performance to be atleast more that of Nexus 10. BTW I must say ARM did an incredible job with the Mali-T604. Only 4 shader cores and it beats the hell out of Adreno 320 and A6!

34. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Tegra 4's benchmark performance is even worse than Nexus 4 which only has an Adreno 320.

20. MeoCao unregistered

when benchmarks are concerned, Android will always be a=in disadvantaged position against iOS. iOS is a very light OS and the CPU does not have to work hard at all.

25. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

You are right But I am willing to get those disadvantages over Apple's too simple and boring iOS which doesn't allow me to do muti-tasks and have freedom It's like doing one job at 95% vs doing many jobs at 90%

33. MeoCao unregistered

Multitasking is 1 part of the issue, resolution is big part too. Top Android phones have far more pixels to drive than iPhones and that of course affects GPU performance.

39. krysto

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Tell that to people who have gotten iOS5 on iPhone 3GS or iOS 6 on iPhone 4. There's not much difference at this point between the performance. Maybe 5% at most, but definitely not 30% or more, which is what people here seem to be implying.

36. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

If it beat the apple chip you would be beating the drum about how great the benchmark score is. You can't have it both ways.

2. wendygarett unregistered

Hmm, still anxiously waited for the upcoming tegra 4 device :) imo, a simple dual core snapdragon s4 is already run perfectly smooth on android, while the a5 chips on ios... But competition is always good :)

3. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i still think 72 GPU cores is a bit of a Roid rage.

6. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

What do you expect from a company that specializes in GPUs? They can't do anything else other than pump up graphics. It's a bit sad because until new consoles come out, improving graphics will be pointless and that's just a maybe.

10. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

That word "cores" is misunderstood at a level over 9000. It's not actual GPU cores. It's CUDA cores like the desktop GPUs. A single GTX680 may have well over 1000 CUDA cores, however a GTX690 is a dual GPU.

11. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..because you say so? I guess you can count, at least:

13. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

They are 72 GPU CUDA cores. The CUDA cores don't have much processing power per unit. They are basically designed to executing many concurrent threads at the same time. But the execution is slower than the traditional processors. In the end the throughputs are equivalent.

16. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Im just saying Nvidia isnt exaclty doing great with mobile processing constantly being outdone.the new snapdragon 800 and exynos octa will be much more powerful.

18. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Those are actually CUDA cores, totally different from actual 'cores.

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Let's wait for the score on the final and shipping product rather then an evaluation board. PA please note that readers are not initially aware of the fact this is a pre-production board and the title of the artical is at best very Mis-leading.

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe if they used "pre-production" instead of "first" in the title, but I have a hard time believing anyone will actually be misled by this title (I'd say it is at WORST misleading, not at best.)

5. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Tegra 4 never aimed to be as powerful as the A6 is: that thing is a graphics monster designed for very optimized products, while the Tegra 4 is a chip that will be used universally on mid- to high-end devices of all kinds.

9. wendygarett unregistered

The reason why a6 chips fast is not because the chip is powerful, is because the utilization of the ios...

24. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

No a6 chip is fats because of the gpu ipad 4 uses sgx554mp4 which is never beaten by other gpu for now if you want beat ipad 4 just use powervr 6 series (rogue) on the geekbench score im sure the tegra 4 will beat a6x soc

38. krysto

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

God so much misinformation in these comments. ALL OF YOU ARE WRONG. The A6X is TWICE if not THREE TIMES larger than the Tegra 4 GPU. The whole SoC is 120mm2 (A5X used to be 160mm2), compared to Tegra 3 and Tegra 4's 80mmw die size. But that's for the whole chip - the GPU, and all the other components. So that means all that extra 40mm2 is completely dedicated to EXTRA GPU cores, which means it could be twice as large, if not more, than Tegra 4's GPU. That still doesn't make me happy about the fact that Tegra 4 doesn't support OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL (neither does A6X), but I just hate seeing so much false information, that then everyone takes for granted.

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011 "The leaked GLBenchmark results are apparently from a much older silicon revision running no where near final GPU clocks."

17. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Exactly, I wanted to post this too. NVIDIA has worked on their GeForce ULP, we have too hope that power efficiency is good too. What really bugs me is that it is not unified architecture, it will be like mali 400, which is also non-unified.

8. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

This is why I really like PowerVR Graphics, I just don't like the fact that the more powerful ones are on iDevices, and not on Androids. But we'll see if the Tegra 4 can beat the SGX when it's already being sold on official devices.

12. howardbarrett

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Not surprised. Even the upcoming Samsung Exynos 5 Octa uses a PowerVR 5 GPU.

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