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NVIDIA talks up the Tegra 3 chip quad-core performance versus the competition

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NVIDIA talks up the Tegra 3 chip quad-core performance versus the competition
The big news inside the Transformer Prime tablet is its processor - NVIDIA said that the quad-core Tegra 3 is desktop-class, with 5x the general Tegra 2 performance, and 3x better in the graphics department. The four ARM Cortex-A9 cores can be actively managed to rev up or calm down when needed, and a "fifth wheel" core clocked lower is taking care of mundane tasks like standby or video/audio playback to save on battery.

Matthew Wuebbling, the director of Product Marketing, clarified that we can have two of the cores, which can go up to 1.3GHz, taking care of Flash content, while the 500MHz fifth "companion" core might kick in when we watch HD video stored locally, for example. These power-optimization scenarios give us the quoted 12 hours of video playback time from the battery of the Transformer Prime. Have a look at how the workload gets distributed among the powerful cores and their modest 500MHz "companion" in the video below.

Since all this will fully manifest itself mainly in 3D gaming scenarios on your Transformer Prime tablet, NVIDIA talked up the mobile GeForce GPU as well. It now has 12 cores, compared to the eight in Tegra 2, and supports higher resolutions, more realistic effects and elaborate dynamic lighting scenarios. It supports 3D stereoscopic imagery, with up to 3x better performance than Tegra 2, and can automatically convert 2D WebGL games to 3D. 

There are now 15 games in development that are done specifically with the quad-core Tegra 3 in mind, but Tegra 2 games will be backwards compatible, and run even better, promises NVIDIA. What's more, developers don't have to do anything to optimize for the battery-sipping performance of Tegra 3, if their apps are running fine on Tegra 2 - the quad-core silicon's new patented Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (vSMP) architecture will take care of distributing the workload in the most efficient manner itself.

Have a look at the video below, where NVIDIA details the Tegra 3 performance against the competition, which, just as with the dual-core Tegra 2, is probably six months behind outing a quad-core device. That is why, besides the already leaked HTC Edge Tegra 3 superphone, rumors are that we also have Samsung, LG and Motorola onboard, and already testing the quad-core chip from NVIDIA.

source: NVIDIA

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posted on 09 Nov 2011, 03:59 3

1. Padmasali (Posts: 15; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

Wow Great...........................

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 04:16 2

2. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I hope it will work. I mean, those power efficient cores.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:00 3

3. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

hubba hubba hubba... thats all i gotta say.

oh yea... and


samsung needs to announce a T3 phone soon. I want a T3 with SA+HD :)

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 08:16 1

9. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

wait for SGS III and we might get it

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:07 2

4. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

I believe Tegra uses a PS one to make their comparisons.

The Galaxy S2 Exynos should be compared to the Tegra.

I´m not saying the Exynos is better since it´s dual core for now, but the Tegra beats the yard out of whatsoever comparison they used their.


posted on 09 Nov 2011, 09:33 1

11. Rayzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

Lol yea, some of those comparisons were definitely not what I would call "competition", they looked like they used a blackberry to try and run games...

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:19 1

5. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

why are they comparing their quad core chip to the current competetion? course they will be better because there ain't no any other quad cores yet.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:33 2

7. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

damn right... can they overclock these ?

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:23 2

6. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Now we have the best hardware for our ice cream sandiwich ! :D

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 08:15 1

8. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

in other news a V8 7.1L engine has more horsepower then a V4 2L engine, No s**t a quad core will be faster then a a dual core.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 08:53 1

10. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

The competition is that bad Nvidia. There are awesome processors out there. In my opinion it's to early for quad-core but ok. Looks amazing though.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 10:42

12. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

I have a question for the processor buffs here; we all know that the 2011 processor to love was the Exynos, but what about the 2012 crop? Samsung announced the new Exynos, Qualcom has announced the S4, the Tegra 3 is arriving in the Transformer Prime next month, and TI's OMAP is the "official" processor of ICS. Are these all going to be solid choices, or are there going to be some that have a significant advantage over others (ie, Exynos and Tegra 2 vs S3)?

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 14:05 1

15. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

my money is on the TI OMAP 5

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 11:11

13. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Wow. Amazing stuff.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 14:18

14. Mojobobo (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

its great and all but will ICS or any version of android be able to fully utilize these new processors?

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