Nvidia Tegra 4 benchmark, power saving, and web speed demonstration [video]

by: Ankit BanerjeeFebruary 26, 2013


Nvidia showed off the Tegra 4 quad-core processor and Project Shield at this year’s CES, but even with the positive response, the company has been struggling to find OEM partners that are willing to use the Tegra 4 SoC in their devices, with only Toshiba, Vizio, and ZTE going ahead with this so far. In the build-up to MWC 2013, Nvidia has upped the marketing for the Tegra 4, by releasing videos showing off enhanced graphics performance of the processor,  along with the complete obliteration of the competition in benchmark tests.

Android Authority’s Darcy Lacouvee caught up with an Nvidia executive who is a part of the Technical Marketing team, to find out exactly why we should be excited about the Nvidia Tegra 4. Some of the highlights of the interview include –

  • We’ve all seen how well the Tegra 4 does in benchmark tests. But the real question that arises is whether all the power means even poorer battery life. Well, Nvidia set up a demo to prove that the Tegra 4 is a low-power consuming chip, which also features the benefit of the “4+1” architecture, with the additional ARM Cortex-A15 core being used specifically for low-power tasks. The results (as seen in the video below) are certainly impressive!
  • We also find out what the deal with the Tegra 4i is, and how the performance compares to the Tegra 4.
  • We also get to see a web speed demonstration, pitting a Tegra 4 powered device against the dual-core processor of the Nexus 10. The test itself is quite simple, with both devices racing to load 25 of the most popular websites in the US as fast as possible.

Check out the video below to see how amazingly well the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor performs!

Granted, the performance standards have been against last year’s processors, and it’ll be interesting to see if Nvidia continues to stay as far ahead of the competition after devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors, and the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa make it to the market.

As Darcy says, we’re sold on what Nvidia has to offer, but the problem is, will device manufacturers feel the same way? We’ll just have to wait and find out!

What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to owning a device powered by the Nvidia Tegra 4? How do you think the Tegra 4 will do against this year’s competition? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • yahyoh

    LOL the browsing test is joke -_-

    use the damn same browser the redo the test , because chrome on Android is sucks slow as hell

  • cycad007

    The video looks good! It actually gets me wondering if most of the OEMs might have missed the boat with the Tegra 4. Qualcomm better step up their game with the 800…because their newly minted 600 just got overshadowed. It’ll be interesting to see how the Samsung Exynos 5 compares. Unlike most on AA, I’m hoping nVidia seriously spanks the Samsung Exynos.

  • Was worried for you Nvidia Tegra when I bought my G2X I loved the performance…Qualcomn took me with the S4 in the Galaxy S3…..They even trashed talked you….And you rised back up and every provide proof and evidence of your work. I can’t wait to see what phone’s your chip will power. Sticking with Nvidia and Snapdragon unless big LITTLE is mastered by another company or yourself.

  • Roberto Tomás

    I think Tegra 4 in devices will run closer to 90% of the performance we are seeing from the prototype. That prototype is an open-air dev board, afterall.
    vs snapdragon 800 (Adreno 330 version): The Tegra 4 probably beats the first version pretty strongly. A more powerful version was in the works though.
    vs Exynos 5 Octa-foo: The cpu part of it is a lost cause; they might pull even. For GPUs, it depends on what they put in it: anything below T678 is probably going to lose, but that GPU probably wins.
    vs A7/A7X: I don’t think Apple is expected to push anything to market until October right? The next Apple chip *may* have PowerVR Rogue graphics, which can scale up very well. How quickly Imagination Technologies is willing to let Apple skip past all its lower designs (and their profits) might keep them from taking the GPU crown, though.

  • EJ

    browser test if flawed. samsung’s cpu on the nexus 10 is just dual core, tegra 4 is quad core +1, that is if they are the same A15 ARM architecture.

  • Marco Sousa

    This is wrong browser test, it use the Chrome in Nexus 10 and the Android native in the other tablet. It should be using the same Browser App, all Chrome, or all Native Android.

    Everyone know’s that Android Chrome is slowly that Android Native browser.

    To benchmark allways use the same aplication. Since is not the same, it’s means that is a liar.

  • hot_spare

    Comparing a dual core A15 vs a quad core. And over that Chrome in N10 vs native browser in nvidia. Good luck selling any T4 devices this year!