NVIDIA Tegra 4 beats Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 in benchmark tests

NVIDIA Tegra 4 beats Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 in benchmark tests
Last month, we told you how the A6X in the fourth-generation Apple iPad beat the NVIDIA Tegra 4 using the GLBenchmark test. Now, the chip has been benchmarked against some other silicon powerhouses with the result that the Tegra 4 beat them all. Interestingly, the A6X was not one of the chips that the Tegra 4 went up against in the latest testing.

The NVIDIA Tegra 4 was placed in a few tablets downloaded with popular benchmark tests and a web browser. With that in mind the Tegra 4 on both AnTuTu and Browsermark outscored the HTC One which is powered with a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. This is the same silicon expected to drive the LG Optimus G Pro. And while it is just speculation for now, a version of Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.9GHz is supposed to be Samsung's choice to run its flagship Samsung Galaxy S IV after it was determined that the Samsung Exynos Octa was overheating the phone. On Geekbench and GLBench offscreen, the A6 processor used on the Apple iPhone 5 was also outscored by the Tegra 4.

Don't expect that the NVIDIA Tegra 4 will not have any competition. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 wasn't benchmarked and Qualcomm says it is faster than the NVIDIA chip. And we should not forget the Samsung Exynos Octa which might not make the final cut of the Samsung Galaxy S IV, but could be under the hood of the Samsung GALAXY Note III.

At MWC, NVIDIA also showed off how the Tegra 4 can save battery life by using its "companion core" to handle the light housekeeping like playingmusic and videos, while the four cores are saved for the heavy duty tasks. The company also displayed a reference design that it calls Pheonix for the Tegra 4i. The latter combines the Tegra 4 with a built in modem and is expected on a number of low cost smartphones later this year and early next year.

source: PCMag

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45 Comments

1. drpain

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

PLEASEEEEEEEEE have good battery life

7. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

There is a limit to what can be done to silicon to optimize power consumption, cramming more transistors in a smaller area does offer a certain level of reduced energy usage but that's not going to provide any significant changes. The real problem in virtually all smart devices is simply battery technology which hasn't really improved since the last decade. Yeah any manufacturer can use lithium-ion/polymer batteries with larger capacities but that doesn't solve the problems of a stagnating battery technology which bottlenecks every single device. Battery life won't really improve unless battery technology moves forward. Research is still going on but application in consumer electronics won't happen anytime soon.

8. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Bye2 Qualcomm Here I come Tegra4, bring it on.......

11. wp8forever unregistered

I can tell , you forgot about the snapdragon 800 lol

21. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Bye2 Tegra 4...XD

32. mew7946510

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 10, 2010

Please keep in mind that Snapdragon 600 is not Qualcomm's flagship but Snapdragon 800. It can be quite normal for other manufacturer's flagship products to beat it's competitor's lower-end products.

17. drpain

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

lol who would downvote good battery life sounds like ignorant haterz

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I think there will be a point when we think speed isn't everything anymore. But right now it's awesome to see when a new CPU comes out. However, I think my nexus 4 is so freaky smooth and I have yet to see it lag a bit st all :)

13. wp8forever unregistered

My friend i got me a nexus 4 , and i tell you what for gaming is the biggest crap ever im selling it now , imma get the htc one , this phone has a problem, with the thermal throttling , when it gets hot start lagging cuz it dropps frames drastically, other wise if you're not gaming is super smooth.

33. GhostBear

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

The throttling temps and ranges can be modified in the thermald.conf file under the batt_therm settings.

30. wendygarett unregistered

I couldn't agree more, android is already awesome enough to run any chips device :)

45. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

I felt exactly the same with my T3 One X; it does everything blazingly fast and smooth. Except nds and psp emulators. Can't even get half the fps of Snapdragon S4 Pro or Exynos 4412 and newer SoCs ):

3. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

And the Snapdragon 800 will be the top Smartphone Processor while the Quad-Core Intel Atom Bay Trail will be the top Tablet Processor

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

36 500 on Antutu is some 10-12 000 points more than the best of the rest. And you call that beating? I call it ANNIHILATING

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

No surprise, the 600 is Qualcomm's "midranger", the 800 is the real deal. Wonder about power consumption though. I'm pretty sure Sammy could throw the Exynos 5 Octa in running at 2GHz and crush benchmarks, yet it's not gonna be used anytime soon due to draaaainage. Simply put, once multi-tasking is fluid it should be all about energy saving not breaking records, cause something that doesn't lag can't lag less, now can it?

10. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Doing some math.. even with a 75 % increase of CPU power and 50% GPU compared to S4 pro, Snapdragon 800 shouldn't top these scores. They're around 100% better than anything else currently on the market

20. bigstrudel

Posts: 606; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Exactly right man. Its all about the battery life from here on out.

29. Equilibrium

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

The S4 Pro was considered high end and the 600 is an improvement so no, it is their powerhouse for the first half of this year. The 800 has not been released yet, neither has the Tegra 4 or Exynos 5 so thats a more valid observation. Fun to see all the Tegra haters trying to justify these results though:) People will always want a faster device to play games with and to be productive with. As the OS evolves a device that currently is smooth as butter will be left behind, RAM and storage all play a part in this. Pretty much the reason the Nexus One couldn't get ICS, but the Nexus S could. Laptops have a battery life of around 4-6 hrs with moderate to heavy use in general, so I don't really see phones changing the trend of one day battery life anytime soon. Its the battery tech that needs a huge jump, the chips used now are lower power consumption than ever without sacrificing performance.

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh and geekbench? I said I expect best ARM chips to break 4000 this year.. Tegra 4 just crossed it. That's the score of some Intel core machines out there.. this could push midrange desktops easily! And with no hyper threading and relatively low memory bandwidth with just 1Mb L2 cache on 32 bit code.. when ARM A60 sorts this all out, I see the fight being on on all computing fronts!

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..correction, I meant to say Cortex-A50

9. nikenturd unregistered

I'll actually believe it when production Tegra 4 units beats the Snapdragon....Nvidia is a master of hype and if it indeed delivers I might actually get one....right now Qualcomm is still king

14. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

People should really wait for snapdragon 800 devices

15. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Congrats to Nvidia but I'm still verry happy with my Nexus 4.

16. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

and according to the pro-technologist, HTC One is now inferior because of this chip even though it was launched a couple of days ago

28. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No, the One will be inferior when a phone with Tegra 4 is actually released. A faster processor doesn't mean much when there isn't any devices with it on the market.

18. bigstrudel

Posts: 606; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Who cares really. Even the S4 Pro thats currently on the market is 100% smooth and snappy. My Optimus G is stuck on ICS but I cant even notice. Less power, more battery life please.

19. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Benchmark results do not necessarily translate into real life performance. The HTC One for instance lags a bit. (Check the Neowin hands on). You can very easily tune your software to work flawlessly on a single core device, that's precisely what WP us doing and yet the performance is top notch even if the SoC scores lower in benchmarks. It's pointless to have so much beefier SoCs when the software in question (Android) will never take advantage of the additional power. The Dalvik VM wasn't even optimized for multicore SoCs nor does it even support multithreading and Google hasn't yet found a way to improve their VM. Manufacturers just release new SoCs to assure their dominance. It's just about scores obtained by putting the hardware to stress under very specific conditions and obtaining a result based on how the chip reacted. No single chip is designed to react to the same conditions, each has slight differences so those numbers are irrelevant.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

this lines up with what i've been saying, the T4 is no pushover. it positions itself right in between the Snapdragon 600 and 800 quite comfortably. the T4 is what i'll want in my next phone meaning i hope that's what Moto has in mind for the X.

34. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah, now that "power" is a null statement, you should take the chip with more actual features rather than the one with more power. Yes, the numerical performance of these chips will be stellar, but the daily performance will be negligible and perfectly smooth.

38. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I don't know why everyone believes the "Chief Marketing Officer" from Qualcomm when he says that 800 will be better than Tegra4... He also said: "we believe our Snapdragon 600 outperforms Nvidia’s Tegra 4" which is obviosly false. My expectations is that Krait 400 will fall a bit short of the A15.

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