Nvidia Tegra K1 Reference Tablet hands-on
How much of an improvement does it really make to mobile graphics, though? Nvidia brought a brand new Tegra K1 Reference Tablet to show how well its platform performs.
Tegra K1 Reference Tablet Specs
In terms of hardware, though, the spec sheet of the reference tablet could well be copied by device makers that choose to use the Tegra K1. We’re talking about a high-res 7-inch 1920 x 1200-pixel display (the Nexus 7 2013 features the same resolution), and under the hood - the Tegra K1 chip with 4GB of RAM in the reference tablet. That’s definitely a high-end configuration, one that geeks would fall in love with.
The Kepler GPU uses a desktop-class Nvidia design with a huge number of 192 CUDA cores allowing quick rendering of highly parallel instructions. Let us once again say that it would not be correct to call the K1 a “192-core chip” since these are small GPU cores and not CPU cores. Still, it’s a hugely impressive design for graphics. Nvidia showed a slide saying Kepler in the K1 is actually the point where its roadmap for desktop and mobile converges, hence it’s completely justified to speak about this as a 'desktop-class' GPU.
We need to go no further than the ‘Ira’ facial render demo showing how the Tegra K1 can display a very realistic human head with all its tiny details and human-like expressions. Current technology is simply not capable of delivering such level of detail. We’re yet to see how Nvidia manages heating, but we have all reasons to believe that this time around it has a winner with its new chip. Take a look at our Tegra K1 Reference Tablet hands-on video and images right below to see for yourselves.