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Early benchmarks suggest Nvidia's new Tegra K1 SoC is a winner

By Shawn Knight · 8 replies
Jan 13, 2014
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  1. Nvidia took the wraps off its new Tegra K1 SoC during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show but apparently at least one system builder already had a working prototype on the show floor. Tom’s Hardware stopped by Lenovo’s booth and was...

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  2. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    Man, that looks promising! I really thought the Tegra 4 would get more adoption than it has, maybe this K1 will be the SoC that ramps up the mobile computing/gaming race.

    As for comparing to a Haswell system, I think that will be very hard to accomplish and have the numbers make sense. Different processors, different architectures, it's a bit of an apples & oranges comparison. Or maybe more like apples & pears (close but still different).
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I wonder how the Snapdragon 805 (upgraded GPU) will fare vs the K1. It seems like Apple has some work to do on its CPU.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,183

    After the whole Samsung deal where they had special code in the S4 to do great on benchmarks I kinda take them all with a grain of salt. I think after that story there was even something about it being somewhat normal to program for benchmarks.

    I hope this chip performs as well as it's advertised, but until a site like Anandtech gets their hand on a retail device it's all talk.
    captainawesome likes this.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,454   +1,733

    Not a fare comparison. Tegra K1 will be released around the same time when Apple's A8 goes into production, 'cos that's the product that Tegra K1 will have to compete with, and not A7.
  6. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    MilwaukeeMike hit the nail on the head there. Really unethical in my book to code for benchmarks.
  7. Blue Falcon

    Blue Falcon TS Addict Posts: 161   +51

    VitalyT is right. Tegra K1 is not slated until 2H of 2014, in which case A7 will be nearly a year old. I would have also liked to see other benchmarks besides the synthetic future mark. Here the Snapdragon 800 is outperforming A7 but in real world tests, A7 is faster overall.

  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,986   +2,878

    What's the sense in getting excited about performance figures when their successors always seem to be better. Wait until you see the Tegra K2's performance figures (and you'll only have to wait for a maximum of a year to see them). :)
  9. The K1 is out now 1Q2014 and has been benchmarked in the new Lenovo monitor (this article). Those saying it will be out in 2nd half of 2014 and will compete with A8 are not talking about this 32 bit chip.

    The upgraded K1 which we don't have any benchmarks for yet will be 64 bit and use NVIDIAs new optimized Denver processors instead of the A15. It will set higher benchmarks than these that already double those of the A7.

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