More Tegra K1 benchmarks confirm it's the fastest mobile chipset, Apple A7 and Snapdragon 800 kneel again

More Tegra K1 benchmarks confirm it's the fastest mobile chipset, Apple A7 and Snapdragon 800 kneel again
We saw that the upcoming Nvidia Tegra K1 will be the first mobile chipset whose graphics are on par with embedded graphics in desktop processors, like Intel's HD 4400 in the new Haswell line.

Now a more thorough benchmarking has been done on a Tegra K1, as found in Lenovo's ThinkVision 28 all-in-one Android device that carries a 28" display with 4K resolution. Just the resolution alone should hint that Lenovo had no doubts about Nvidia's new brainchild will have no problems pushing those millions of pixels, even with 3D games, and the benchmarks results below prove they were right. 

The Tegra K1 beast is almost twice faster than Apple's 64-bit A7, which is currently the most potent mobile silicon out there. Let's not forget that the Cortex-A15 processor and the 192 GPU cores were likely underclocked in the ThinkVision prototype, too, so when the new Tegra hits retail, we might witness even more impressive benchmarks. It will be curious to put it against its most serious competition for the year - Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805, which is geared towards 4K encoding and decoding, too.

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50 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If this chip comes equipted with LTE, I seriously hope Samsung uses it for the Note 4.

8. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

There will maybe be even better processors when it's coming, but this really seems excellent.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Doubt anything will top the Tegra 5. The closest thing to match it would be the A8, which in theory when it's 2x faster than the A7, it will match the power GPU wise but not CPU wise - even though iOS 7/8 won't need it.

36. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

You've got that mixed up. The CPU on the Tegra 5 is somewhat average, while the GPU is whats unmatched so far. Project Denver is when the K1's CPU will be improved.

49. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Yeah, I can't wait to see what the Denver version of this chip can do when it gets released in the 2H of the year.

11. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

no integrated LTE for sure.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Same was said about the Exynos 4 series but Samsung integrated LTE for the Note 2. Comment invalid.

23. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

if nvidia integrate LTE into Tegra K1 they will said it. but last i heard for K1 still need separate chip for modem and OEM can choose to bundle K1 with their i500 if they want to. not sure if nvidia will coming up with something similar to tegra 4i with K1. maybe we will know more in the upcoming MWC

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I can't wait for MWC. If NVIDIA wants market share, they'd integrate LTE considering the world is now pushing for LTE instead of 3G.

46. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

IMO if nvidia really want market share they should do what qualcomm or mediatek has been doing. make chip for different performance segment (entry level/mid range/ high end) based on your newest tech and don't just hope your last year best SoC to automatically fill the lower performance segment once you came out with your latest flagship. it doesn't have to be many but at least try to cater for each of this performance segment.

37. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It's not very likely that Samsung would use the Tegra K1 for any of their flagship series (or any of their phones for that matter). However, it is possible that you could see Samsung or even LG (a company that is also developing it's own mobile chipset) use the Kepler technology for their GPU. nVidia did announce last year that they would be licensing out their Kepler technology to those interested in wanting to use it.

48. zhiae unregistered

i wish it cames with htc one+

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I Doubt any GPU will beat that 192 core Kepler this year or even another half..

4. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

We will find out in Sept. when Apple unleashes it's A8 chip.

16. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

i'm skeptical since they said the same thing about the tegra 3's 12 core gpu and that was terrible.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But the Tegra 4 "72 core" GPU is on par with PowerVR G6630.

40. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

I like that, what you just said there Papsmurf The mighty PVR6630 GPU is immense, and that's only clocked at standard 476Mhz, if overclocked to 700Mhz could you imagine a Phones GPU giving you 300Gigaflops. That's twice the power off Adreno420

44. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

The tegra 3 had a 12 core GPU that wasn't as good as the ipad retina that was out at the time. Now its twice as good.

3. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

In GFXBench 2.7 does it run in native 4K resolusion or downscaled to 1080p? Because in the onscreen test it doesn't performs quite well..

6. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

for the off screen test were running on native res

31. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

the offscreen test runs at 1080p fixed for all gpu.. this allows for fair comparison of raw power of gpu.. the.onscreen test runs at native resolution I.e 4k in this case and hrnce poor performance in onscreen

5. apurb.lal

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 17, 2013

Everybody knows that Nvivia is a highly capable chipmaker.. It was about time that they caught with are mobile soc makers... The performance is just awesome , have to see how is their power efficacy.. They seem to be all prepared for 2014 except for 64bit processing.

9. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

most likely they will be the first with high end 64 bit SoC as well. the first sample of K1 with denver core just coming out late/early this year and nvidia expect device based on it will appear in second half of this year. (the are already rumor about next Surface (for ARM) will use Tegra K1 with denver core variant)

15. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

They clearly dont need 64 bit!!

7. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

What about the new snapdragon 805?

10. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

this benchmark is based on lenovo device that were shown during CES (it's the only company showing real device with tegra K1 apart from nvidia prototype 7 inch tablet - and it was surprise that lenovo let tom's hardware bench them). maybe we will see numbers for snapdragon 805 in MWC

41. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

S805 is just an overclocked S800 by 200Ghz and 40% more GPU power, which the S800 gives 130Gigaflops, X40% = 170Gigaflops..

12. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

The scores are good, but the Tegra K1 is still just a prototype and will remain out of reach for at least half a year. The A7 and Snapdragon 800 are fully functional in tens of millions of devices today.

17. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

The current Tegra 4 can match and sometimes exceed the A7 already.

18. Shubham412302

Posts: 569; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

the one based on a15 will be available 1st half and the one based on denver will be available in second half

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