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Nvidia made some pretty big claims when it launched its 192-core Tegra K1 mobile processor, notable among them that it would out-perform many of today’s PC chips. Benchmark results posted on the WCCFtech site suggest that the claims are true: a tablet with a Tegra K1 delivered GFX GLBenchmark of 60fps at 1080p, making it significantly faster than two basic Intel Graphics notebooks included in the comparison.

As you can see the only device included in the bench to beat the Tegra K1 chip was Nvidia’s own GT 740M; and seeing this is a full fledged dGPU with 45W TDP it doesn’t mean much. However for the target niche the Tegra K1 was actually created; it leads with a major gap. Scoring a rock solid 60fps in an off screen 1080p Benchmark it fares significantly better than the Tegra 4. The predecessor to this chip can only manage a measly 16fps so you can see for yourself how great a difference this is … 

Apple is likely to be eyeing the results very closely: it significantly out-performs the iPad Air, which left everything mobile for dead at the time it went on sale in November last year.

We’ll of course bring you word of the first tablet (and laptops?) to offer the K1 as soon as we hear.

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2 Responses to “Nvidia’s ARM Tegra K1 ‘superchip’ delivers Intel notebook graphics performance in mobile devices”

  1. How is the K1 on battery life? It’s clocked quite a bit higher (2.3 GHz) vs Apple’s A7 processor (1.3 GHz). Usually the newer processors are very efficient and can shut down cores when idling. I’m wondering if the K1 will be any faster than Apple’s upcoming A8. I personally think that these processors are more than fast enough for mobile devices. How much faster do they need to be just to simply do normal tasks of browsing, playing most games and watching videos? Besides, won’t the cost be higher due to the complexity of these processors?

    • Travis Hodge says:

      The point of the K1 isn’t to do “normal tasks.” The point of the K1 is to enable intense gaming on a tablet. Because of the K1, Half Life 2, Portal, War Thunder, and many other desktop/console grade titles run on Android tablets now. That means you can play graphic-intensive games on the go, anywhere.