The Tegra K1 shows up at benchmarks, wipes the floor with Snapdragon 801

The Tegra K1 shows up at benchmarks, wipes the floor with Snapdragon 801
As Xiaomi revealed the first tablet to use NVIDIA's powerful K1 mobile SoC, new benchmarks of the chip running on a device with 4GB of RAM (possibly a NVIDIA Shield 2 prototype) surfaced, showing what the beast is capable of in a fight. The Tegra K1 will be available in both 32 and 64 bit forms, and what we're seeing in these benchmarks is, quite possibly, the 64-bit one due to the ample amount of RAM on-board. Anyway, results show that the K1 is the new king in town, besting the last-generation Tegra 4 and the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor in all regards.

At the announcement, NVIDIA hyped the chip's CUDA technology for parallel computing, even saying that it outperforms the previous generation Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles with far less power consumption. Hopefully, NVIDIA has nailed the K1's cooling and power optimization this time and the chip will enjoy more popularity in devices compared to the Tegra 4, which is very rarely seen outside of the NVIDIA Shield console.



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

to bad we wont see many devices with it.. again

7. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

Nvidia never lose in ppt

28. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

sorry but Tegra K1 vs with Qualcomm S810. Because end of year ready go 64bit. Sure Qualcomm S810 will win.

39. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

So will nVidea with Denver (2nd K1 version)

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

"As Xiaomi revealed the first tablet to use NVIDIA's powerful K1 mobile SoC"

62. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

To bad no Oems except Apple and Samsung is pushing the cpu boundaries To bad every pathetic Oems will be using outdated socs

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Impressive. :)

3. brnkcv

Posts: 6; Member since: May 06, 2014

My guess is this SoC is in splitsville with batterytown

4. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

So i guess this will be similar to 805

32. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

in CPU, but the GPU will still be miles ahead.

58. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

S805 is just a extra 200Ghz and it's still a A9 Cortex vs A15

5. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Wow @ benchmarks. Is it just me , but initially wasn't the tegra 4 outperforming the 801 in earlier slides? Sort of like how initially iPhone 4s benchmarks showed it was faster than a S3? Similar to how the IPhone 5s is outperforming everything, i'm watching to see what later benchmarks show later in life.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I just love how ignorant people like you are and will say the iPhone 5s is outperforming everything else. Well its easy when a 1136x640 resolution display is only pushing 727040 pixels, or 2908160 bytes on that tiny 4" display. Whereas the flagship phones that are currently using a resolution of 1920x1080 are pushing 2073600 pixels, or 8294400 bytes on a larger 4.7" all the way up to 6" displays. If you do the math even farther and go as far as 30fps for the iPhone 5,5S,5C then for 1second that works out to 87244800 bytes (87Mbps). Now a Nexus 5, Galaxy S5, HTC one, Sony Z2, and many more at 30fps for just 1 second is pushing 248832000 bytes (250Mbps). So your tiny little iPhone is pushing almost 3 times less data on the display. So if you like your iPhone display that hasn't changed in 2 years. That's great for you. I will stick to my superior full HD display anyday of the week. Isn't the iPhone suppose to be perfect the way it is. So why is Apple going with a larger 4.7" and a 5.5" display with supposedly a resolution of 1704x960. That will work out to 196 Mbps at 30fps which is about 50Mbps less then a FHD display.

55. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Wow... you have done your home work about apple's display and speed... nice statistics

64. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Boohoo, your Android device will still lag even if they put in a processor that is twice as fast as the Tegra K1. Don't hate, everybody knows you want one!

69. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Too bad you can't report a post for ignorance. The outdated snapdragon S4 pro won't lag on a FHD display. If you read, you read that it beats a ps3 or Xbox 360. No matter which one you choose, you know they DON'T lag.

33. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

because the tegra 4 does outperform the SD 801. qualcomm is getting settled into 90+% market share territory where they don't have to innovate.

54. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

WRONG TEGRA 4 only outperforms the SD800 on devices with active cooling ( eg Shield) Get your facts accurately

56. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

WRONG (but this time for real) tegra 4 outperforms the sd800 in their tablet too. and there is no active cooling on the nvidia sheild.

63. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

A 1.8Ghz Tegra4 doing some damage just imagine clocked at 2.7ghz ... that would even destroy the S810

65. tankifycation

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

There is clearly a fan in the nvidea shield

51. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The A7 isn't out performing everything, compared the 800/801 is very even The A7 is faster in single core CPU benchmarks, browser benchmarks and some GPU benchmarks. The 800 is faster in multi core CPU benchmarks, some GPUs benchmarks, and app opening tests.

6. serrano989

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Nvidia may be on to something. They let AMD take the console market, only to try and create something themselves in the mobile market. If they continue to do things like portal and half life on the shield. The shield 2 could be interesting if its capable of ps3 graphics.

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Too bad it doesn't work well when it gets too hot -___- I would really like to see a nice tablet with K1 cpu so I can play some awesome Tegra games with it.

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

You have it already: the Xiaomi MiPad was announced just today.

67. tabbas97

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 03, 2014

not yet on the market is it ????? o.O

68. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It is, but only in China and some other areas where Xiaomi does have influence. You can try here when they restock it:

9. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I personally don't see the point in a chipset this powerful considering android is not optimized to take advantage of such power. In all honesty, anything more powerful than a snapdragon 600 is overkill. I can kinds see the point in Adreno 400+ and DDR3 ram as well as a possibility to upgrade to DDR4 ram but not so much anything beyond A15 and Krait at least for another year and a half. I think the tegra K1 is a year too advanced for it's time. Wait until android can really be optimized to take advantage of a 64bit processor, NVidia...jeeze. I have tons of issues with both Qualcomm and NVidia but NVidia shot themselves in the foot, by making an underpowered desktop processor, pricing it as such and now looking on in confusion as to why they won't sell LMAO.... My issue with Qualcomm is more so with CPU and GPU threading which is something I won't get into. I'll just day I wish that they would optimize some of the CPU cores to be able pull the load of the GPU simply to compensate for the extra power needed to compete with NVidia because in honesty, 2 krait cores coupled with DDR3 Ram is more than enough to run tasks...

11. serrano989

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

This is most likely the 32 bit version. The 64bit version isn't expected until the end of this year or early next year. 4gb of ram is the 32bit cap. So, this is not guaranteed to be the 64bit version like the article states. Now, if it were 8gb of ram that would be a different story.

13. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Either way, Nividia shouldn't have revealed this chipset until it was fully polished in 2015. Considering just how powerful it is, I wouldn't mind waiting on it. I hate when companies do that, reveal a product that still needs work and force themselves to meet this deadline because they are afraid of competition. Its truly a great product but what Nvidia needs to learn from Qualcomm is to find the balance between effeciency, power, and price. Also, don't let my rant fool you!!! I'm rooting hard for Nvidia...I'm tired of Qualcomm...their name is everywhere just like I'm tired of Samsung...

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