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.
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.