Synthetic benchmark suites do not always reflect real life performance, but they do give us a good idea of the performance of a mobile processor. Until actual production units hit the market, benchmark scores are the best guidance we have.
That’s why I was excited to learn that the new Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip has been put through its paces in a suite of benchmark applications, and the results are nothing short of amazing.
According to the folks at Engadget, who got some hands-on time with Tegra 4-powered reference devices provided by Nvidia, the new 4+1 cores chipset smashes previous records in benchmarks like AnTuTu, Quadrant, and SunSpider.
For instance, Tegra 4 scored 16,436 in the general-purpose Quadrant v2 benchmark. For comparison, the new HTC One with Snapdragon 600 scored 12,417 in a recent test, while the Nexus 4 (running a Snapdragon S4 Pro chip) scored less than 5,000.
In AnTuTu, another synthetic benchmark, the Tegra 4 reference tablet scored 36,305 points, more than three times the score of the Tegra 3-equipped Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.
In the graphics department, the Tegra 4 device scored 57 in the GLBench Offscreen, compared to the HTC One X+’s 37.
PC Magazine and other tech sites have also run these benchmarks with similar results. With the caveat that benchmark scores also depend on the software installed on the device, I am glad to see Nvidia making such impressive strides. Qualcomm really got the industry in a chokehold this year, so it’s good to see they still have some competition.
Unfortunately, Nvidia has warned that the soonest we can expect the first Tegra 4 equipped Android devices is late summer, so we still have a lot to go until we get to test the Tegra 4 in real life. Meanwhile, Qualcomm promised that the Snapdragon 800 will beat the Tegra 4, and Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chip shapes us to be quite competitive. Interesting times ahead!
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Super fast CPU + super fast GPU = super fast battery draining
Not necessarily. The time will tell.
Depends on how high it´s clocked…
1.9 Ghz is too much …
then nvida, err no, all ARM cpu manufacturer should make their own battery.
Look like it is good, but I think the same exact thing will happen in 2013 as happened in 2012: Tegra is released first and it is “amazing” then Exynos chips are better by a little bit, and finally Qualcomm comes in what feels to be late in the game and wimps their asses.
Woah! That’s too high…
yup, they are in the clear until at least the 800 comes out .. if not longer. Hope they get an IGZO tablet design win soon!
This is great if they make a 5 or 6 thousand mah battery for whatever it goes in. You can make a large processor with a battery saving core but for ppl like me that use their device for like 10hrs at a time watching video or playing graphics intensive games that battery saving core does jack shit because it’snever running off of it.
Cortex A-15 really screams… I am not sure if Qualcomm can beat this…
Still A6X got very nice results… 839 ms for a dual-core at 1400 Mhz and 499 for a quand core at 1,9 Ghz, not to mention that A6X GPU is already faster than tegra 4 GPU.
dude the a6x gpu isn’t faster than the tegra 4, tegra 4 scored higher!