Snapdragon 800 powered Galaxy S4 overwhelms Tegra 4 in GPU performance

July 26, 2013
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Perhaps Qualcomm wasn’t just blowing smoke when it said that it was unfazed by the various Tegra 4 benchmarks that were floating around at the time, as every Snapdragon 800 benchmark that we’ve seen so far has been very impressive.

The latest benchmark result comes courtesy of the LTE-A enabled Samsung Galaxy S4 SHV-E330S, which not only shows that the Snapdragon 800 is up to scratch when it comes to general processing power, but also that the chip’s new Adreno 330 GPU surpasses Nvidia’s Tegra 4, a company well known for its graphics prowess.

Snapdragon 800 vs Tegra 4 GFX Bench

The GFXBench software, as the name implies, is used to measure graphics performance on different chips, so this is a pretty good estimate of the frame rate differences that you’re likely to see when gaming on the two devices. The Snapdragon 800 Galaxy S4 scored an impressive 26.3 frames per second, whilst the Nvidia Shield could only muster a rather jittery 20.6 fps.

According to this benchmark, the Snapdragon 800 is going to be around 28 percent faster than Nvidia’s latest chip, when it comes to gaming, which is a pretty substantial difference.

This is a clear win for the Snapdragon 800 and its Adreno 330 GPU, but I’d really like to see how this chip stacks up against the new and improved Exynos 5 Octa with its brand new six-core Mali T-628 GPU, which also put in a very smooth performance in a similar benchmark test recently. If you’d like a more comprehensive overview of various Snapdragon 800 benchmark scores, you should head on over to this post.

Comments

  • Mohd Danial

    If only samsung give free upgrade for s4 international users

    • Misti curia

      Wut? You should’ve just bought one of these

      • Tolulope Aina

        who knew samsung was goin to do stuffs like dis.. u know at the time of d octa core we tot we were d kings lol .. sigh now there is a new octa core and also a snapdragon 800 now i feel like i am using s3

        • Misti curia

          Its was going to happen eventually anyway phones get outdated so fast

          • Piyush

            in four months who does that besides samsung and htc.

          • Hue

            So, if Samsung doesn’t release an S4 with the new 800 chip, would you feel better? I don’t understand. The S800 wasn’t ready for mass production when S4 hit the market. Now that it is ready, Samsung immediately adapted it to their phones. Isn’t that a good thing? Or Samsung can be like Apple and release the new Galaxy S4S so fans can feel better I guess.

          • Piyush

            People want there tech to be latest and greatest , this was problem of htc selling new phone every time with upgraded specs because of this htc lost people loyalty and no one can buy a phone every few months. s3 can do everything that s4 does but still people buy s4 because its latest thats how people will feel when s4 is updated with s800.

      • Mohd Danial

        In our country thing like this come out months.haha

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      LMAO you’re hilarious

  • Misti curia

    Niiiiiice

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Anywhere i can see LTE bands on this device?

  • xtriker360

    LG G2 can’t come soon enough.

  • lhtbinh1909

    poor NVIDIA, they should launch Tegra 5 now, if they have any

    • Roberto Tomás

      Nvidia wants to sell the IP for that GPU so other can use it. They are targeting 2w ceiling for running the gpu — which would score about this level. 2w though, is very low compared to current trends, so they should have some serious prowess if they get to market early enough.
      — I made that estimate from the numbers without actually looking at hardware. Nvidia says Logan’s GPU can run at the same speed as the A6X on 0.9w so — 17.3fps (a6x score) * sqrt(2w/0.9w) (square of power) =~ 25.8fps. At max they might be getting close to 90fps, but that is with something like 18w of power.

      • AVI

        Good to read that but still “POOR NVIDIA”…..lol

        • Roberto Tomás

          hey I voted you up, but I don’t know it is really so bad for NVidia. In Logan (the Tegra design itself), they probably won’t tie the voltage down so low, and it will almost certainly be the most powerful GPU in the next iteration (still in 28nm, I mean). If anyone else picks up the gpu, they may keep it at 2w and not fiddle with that, but that is still competitive, and it will score those scores consuming roughly half the power of the competition. Admittedly they will probably be mid tier gear for various reasons (3rd party logan will be maybe a year late), but for a cheap chip, say Mediatek, they will rock.

      • lhtbinh1909

        Sound promising, really. But when exactly they’ll ship chips to manufacturers and persuade them to use it. Snapdragon 800 is already showdown in products. NVIDIA’s ideas is good but they need to do a lot more in real life, not on paper, or labs.

        • renz

          the chip just coming out from fab late june or early this month. aside from the demo at SIGGRAPH they already send the chip to partners for sampling. some expecting actual product might come out as early as april next year. nvidia meant to fight snapdragon 800 with Tegra 4. the next chip intend to fight next chip from qualcomm and samsung. heard that qualcomm adreno 420 will also be ready for next year so this chip might go head to head with qualcomm adreno 420 in terms of graphic

    • Piyush

      but there games are with better graphics on android.

    • renz

      i think the chip will be ready soon though launching the officially is another matter since Tegra 4 device barely shipping right now. nvidia already have the first silicon back from fab and sending a few to partners for sampling.

      • BtotheT

        The Tegra 4’s main solid device the Asus TF701t (transformer pad10.1) just came out 2 days ago. They’re just starting to ship, you speak with confidence with misinformation. You really should cut down on Blabbering.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlVqTLM3S20

    • BtotheT

      Nvidia won alrdy, these benchs aren’t correct, the shield is slower than within a phone. It’s not apple for apples, at 1080p in apples to apples tegra 4 wins, Look.
      http://infogr.am/Exynos-5-Octa-vs-Snapdragon-800-vs-Tegra-4

  • Roberto Tomás

    25fps in GFXBench is well above the lowest intel HD 4000 @ 17.x — this is a great score! still a ways to go to get to HD 5000 level graphics, that’s a bit over 60fps (have to estimate).

  • p3ngwin

    how did they get the Nvidia device to run the benchmark on 1920×1080 ?

    the Nvidia Shield has a 1280×720 screen.

    running a GPU benchmark with different resolutions is not an apples-to-apples comparison.

    • Avi

      Ok,,,, 1280x 720= 1156 frames
      S4 Lte-advanced, 1920×1080=1475
      With more pixels,Qualcomm way more powerfull

      • p3ngwin

        you still don’t seem to understand.

        the resolutions are *different*, you can’t just compare the FPS or total frames rendered.

        run the benchmark at the same resolution, or the comparison is invalid.

        also, i just noticed, how is the iPad 4 running at 1920×1080 when it doesn’t have that resolution screen ?

        something’s not right with this article.

        • Jusephe

          All of these are off screen tests running at 1080 p.

        • John

          Maybe it is an offscreen test.

    • Roberto Tomás

      the benchmark has an offscreen 1080p setting. This is how you benchmark gpus, as opposed to phones/devices.

      • p3ngwin

        ah i see, thanks for that.

  • Jusephe

    It’s pretty incredible how year old iPad 4 stacks up against this year best GPU’s

    • John

      The iPad 4 is a tablet and most likely uses a lot more power.

      • Jusephe

        There is no difference between the same chips that are in tablets and phones. And I heavily doubt that snapdragon 800 has lower power compustion than a 1.4Ghz dual CPU and quand core 300 MHz GPU.

        Also we didn’t know anything about forthcoming Apple chips that could be potentially a lot snappier than snapdragon 800.

        • omg

          A6 vs A6x.

        • Damien

          Snapdragon 800 slightly outpaces A7… This is the one in my phone,

    • Trent Richards

      Just over 8 months is not a year. Just saying…

      • D3Seeker

        A few months tends to be the divide everywhere else. Why should they be exempt.

        • Trent Richards

          By that logic, the iPad 4 was released less than 2 months before 2013, so let’s just call it a 2013 device right?

          • Socius

            How is that in any way similar to his logic??

  • John

    The snapdragon 800’s graphics are faster than intel hd 4000 in a core i3 ULV.

    • Piyush

      nope

  • rdeleonp

    As expected.

    Come to papa, “Nexus Next”.

  • Magnetic1

    I think GPU and CPU and SOC benchmarks are important. But at the end of the day you will be holding a device that suppose to serve you.

    I like to see the review of a phone with 800 like the S4 and a phone with Tegra4 like the Sony go head to head in antutu and game performance and battery performance.

    • Magnetic1

      Maybe it’s the HP or Lenovo phone that will use Tegra4 I forget.

  • renz

    snapdragon 800 maybe faster but i still think Tegra 4 did shake qualcomm a bit in gpu department. i still remember when qualcomm said that Tegra 4 will only be on par with their snapdragon S4 pro and snapdragon 600 will easily smoke Tegra 4.

    • jessiah Hubbard

      I doubt it will matter. Qualcomm also integrates the full range of wireless connectivity into thier SoCs. They also make Atheros wifi/bluetooth cards for PCs. They have plenty of experience with integration. Light years ahead of thr others. Even if nvidia makes one just passing Qualcomm’s best it’s not the better choice. Nvidia is notorious for lack of collaboration and cooperation with the Linux/open source community. Qualcomm actually helps developers work with their products. Anything they make will have better overall software support and integration. Android being a fork of Linux will get better development for running on Qualcomm based SoCs. Every nvidia smart device I’ve used has had very poor optimization and a horrible overall user experience by comparison. Benchmarks are really pointless when comparing in a broad “which is better” sense.

    • BtotheT

      Why this article is grossly incorrect. Wonder how much the bribe was..
      http://infogr.am/Exynos-5-Octa-vs-Snapdragon-800-vs-Tegra-4

  • Tiago Rodrigues
    • guest1110

      that’s at 720P, the other tests are comparing off-screen @ 1080P

  • xxxx

    Author seems not to be fair while taking about GPU performance.deeper look into the gfx bench website and shield T4 vs s4 a330 comparison looks like that:

    http://gfxbench.com/device.jsp?D=Samsung%20SHV-E330S%20Galaxy%20S4

    http://gfxbench.com/device.jsp?benchmark=gfx27&D=NVidia%20Shield

    I don’t see that A330 is a clear winner and would rather say that T4 beats it easily in most of benchmarks :)

    • Damien

      Are you silly?
      The Tegra 4 display has half the pixels of the S4…
      Look at the offscreen result, the Snapdragon 800 IS more powerful!

      • BtotheT

        Damien, Wrong, with all at 1080p, View.
        http://infogr.am/Exynos-5-Octa-vs-Snapdragon-800-vs-Tegra-4

        • Damien

          Look at those official GFXbench numbers, using final hardware it’s easy to see what was faster in those particular devices. It doesn’t matter, because I like the Shield, but I also disagree with nVidia’s closed source code, like Exynos.

  • ali

    Hmm tegra 4 is still new maybe the benchmark is still not optimized for it what matters is real demo not numbers.

  • Joe Blo

    American version is not the fast one you are showing…Tegra 4 is faster.

  • BtotheT

    Why this article is grossly incorrect. Wonder how much the bribe was..
    http://infogr.am/Exynos-5-Octa-vs-Snapdragon-800-vs-Tegra-4