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Tegra K1

We all know NVIDIA is working hard to beat the competition. And the above graph suggests NVIDIA is onto a good thing. The graph above comes courtesy of Tom’s Hardware. The company’s recently announced Tegra K1 processor combines a handful of ARM Cortex-A15 CPUs with a GPU based on the successful Kepler graphics architecture found in desktops and laptops.

The result seems to be a minimum 25 percent lead over the current generation of flagship chips, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and Apple’s 64-bit A7 used in iPhone 5s, as measured with 3DMark. These scores are based on a Lenovo Thinkvision 28 Android all-in-one with a lovely 4K panel, which according to Tom’s Hardware contains a K1. And assuming this is a K1, it’s definitely not the 64-bit version; it’s not running at NVIDIA’s claimed max clock speed of 2.3GHz, and it’s almost certainly not using market-ready drivers — all of which suggests that 2014’s crop of Tegra K1-powered tablets could be even more powerful than what we’re seeing right now.

Potentially The Next Big Thing In SoCs.

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Tegra K1 benchmarks from China

More benchmark scores are spilling out of China. If they’re accurate, a Tegra K1 reference tablet can beat the 3D performance of an Intel Haswell laptop with integrated graphics, despite the latter presumably burning three times the power used by K1 — a claim that is hard to believe. Its something only time will tell. But one thing we are sure about is that NVIDIA is on right track.

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