SoC Showdown: Tegra K1 vs Exynos 7 Octa vs Snapdragon 805

by: Robert TriggsOctober 21, 2014
Tegra K1_die shot_2_Jan 2014

The Nexus 9 has finally arrived and its packing the first 64-bit processor available to Android consumers, courtesy of an Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC. Samsung also sneakily detailed the specifications for its Exynos 7 Octa processor last week, which looks like a re-branding of the existing ARMv8 Exynos 5433.

64-bit support and a new architecture are all well and good, but the real test of these news chips is whether or not they can best the current high performer in the smartphone market – the Snapdragon 805. Fortunately, there are already a collection of benchmarks available for all three of these SoCs, so let’s take a look at them.

 Exynos 7 Octa (5433)Snapdragon 805Tegra K1 (Denver)
CPU cores4x Cortex-A57 + 4x Cortex A534x Krait 4502x Nvidia Denver
CPU clocks4x 1.9GHz + 4x 1.3GHz4x 2.7GHz2x 2.5GHz
GPUMali-T760Adreno 420192 CUDA core Kepler
GPU clock695MHz600MHz950MHz
64-bit?Yes (unconfirmed)NoYes
Max camera(unknown)2x 55MP2x 20MP
Max display1600p2160p2160p

CPU Designs

CPU performance in the Snapdragon 805 remains virtually unchanged from the company’s commonplace Snapdragon 800 and 801 SoCs. Typical clock speeds can be found in the range of 2.5GHz, although the Snapdragon 805 has been seen with a small boost up to 2.7GHz.

Samsung’s Exynos, on the other hand, moves on up to ARM’s latest Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 CPU core designs, which offer improvements in both performance and energy efficiency compared with the last generation Cortex-A15/A7 designs. We haven’t seen an Exynos 7 Octa branded chip in the wild yet, but the specs match that of the Exynos 5433 spotted in some versions of the Galaxy Note 4. In this case, the clock speeds were 1.3 GHz for the Cortex A53s, and 1.9GHz for the high performance Cortex-A57s.

You can read all about 64-bit, the differences between ARMv7 and v8 architectures, and processors designs in our previous coverage.

Nvidia Denver explained

Nvidia’s latest Tegra K1 implementation matches the 2.5GHz clock speeds of the Snapdragons, but is a much stranger beast. The Denver CPU architecture is more of a high-performance general purpose CPU that works like an interpreter for the ARMv8 code-base. While this sounds suboptimal in terms of performance, Nvidia has fitted its Denver CPU cores with a large 128MB memory cache to store optimized code in.

Nexus 9

The Nexus 9’s CPU operates a little differently to typical smartphone processors.

Nvidia calls this process Dynamic Code Optimization and it works with all ARM-based applications. The processor stores the most commonly used instructions and places them into a highly optimized order, potentially resulting in big performance gains for your most commonly used applications. However if the code isn’t in the memory pool, the processor has to process the ARM instructions itself, which might actually slow performance down compared with a dedicated ARM processor.

Denver CPU Optimization

To combat this issue, the Denver CPU is implements a 7-way superscalar microarchitecture, allowing for 7 instructions to be complete led per clock cycle. This is a lot more throughput than your typical ARM processor, but come with the drawback that it takes up additional energy and a lot of die space, hence why there’s only a dual-core implementation of Denver available right now.

Essentially, Nvidia has attempted to build higher performance processor than its competitors through a combination of pure power and attempting to optimise commonly used instructions. However, this comes with its own trade-offs in the forms of inefficient emulation, power consumption, and a larger processor size.

CPU Performance Compared

As far I’m aware, Geekbench is the only test conducted so far on Nvidia’s Denver CPU, so we’ll have to compare processor performance across just a single benchmark. Remember, benchmarks are only an indication of real-world performance comparisons and there is a margin of error with all results.

GeekBench 3 single core

Looking firstly at single core performance, we can see that the Denver core’s brute force easily surpasses the rest of the field, The Exynos 7 chip, taken from the Note 4, also shows a strong performance, especially considering the lower clock speed of the Cortex-A57 cores when compared with the 2.5GHz+Snapdragons and Cortex-A15 Tegra K1. As expected, the Snapdragon 805 offers very little extra performance compared with the other Snapdragon 800 chips, suggesting that the Krait 400/450 architecture is maxed-out.

GeekBench 3 multi core

Turning to multi-core performance, we see the octo-core nature of Samsung’s latest chip come through. It will be interesting to see if Samsung bumps up the clock speed by the time it releases an SoC under Exynos 7 branding, as performance could probably be hitched a little higher. The updated big.LITTLE design trounces the older Exynos 5420 and shows big gains over the prolific Snapdragon 800 series. This sets the benchmark high for the next generation of ARMv8 Snapdragons arriving in 2015.

Nvidia’s Denver chip does surprisingly well here given that it’s just a dual-core chip. The extra single-core performance seems to allow it to complete multiple threads quickly enough to compete with dedicated multi-core processors. The Snapdragon 805 makes up for its lack of single core performance with additional cores and performs especially well against Apple’s newly designed A8 chip. However, there is clearly a gap emerging between the ARMv7 and ARMv8 generation CPUs.

Graphics Power

GPU horsepower has been bumped up a notch across each of the SoCs this time around. The Snapdragon 805’s Adreno 420 supposedly offers up to 40% more performance than the 800’s Adreno 330, whilst Nvidia’s Tegra K1 boasts a more energy efficient version of the company’s leading desktop Kepler design. Samsung’s Exynos chip also make use of ARM’s most powerful Mali-T760 graphics chip.

For GPU tests we’re looking at two off-screen benchmarks, GFXbench’s T-Rex and Futuremark’s Ice Storm Unlimited. This allows us to look at performance without device specific features, such as screen resolution and refresh rate, affecting the results.

GFX TRex offscreen

Futuremark Ice Storm

Again, Nvidia’s Tegra K1 SoC comes out on-top, thanks to its powerhouse Kepler GPU architecture. The Qualcomm Adreno 420 fulfils on its promise for an additional 40 percent of performance over the 330, and the T-760 shows a remarkable improvement over last generation’s T-628.

In the T-Rex benchmark, the Mali-T760 seems to struggle more than expected, only just surpassing the Adreno 330. On the other hand the Apple A8’s GX6450 flies in the GFXBench, but performs less well in the Futuremark test. If we put this down to optimisation and variance between tests, the Mali-T760 still appears to be the slightly weaker of our three test GPUs.

However, these benchmarks don’t give us a good look at energy efficiency. The Snapdragon and Exynos chips are suitable for smartphones which typically have smaller batteries, while Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip is destined for tablets with larger batteries, allowing for the extra GPU power. Heat output could also be a problem that we can’t detect with just a few benchmarks.

Moving into the next-generation

The new Tegra K1 certainly appears very capable, but we’ll have to see how the odd CPU design holds up against specialized ARM chips in the real world. Nvidia is most likely targeting this SoC at tablet and perhaps Chromebook form factors.

samsung galaxy note 4 multitasking aa (6 of 12)

The Exynos Galaxy Note 4’s hardware is bridging the gap between the ARMv7 and ARMv8 generations.

As for smartphones, the early ARMv8 Exynos chip shows us what ARM’s latest big.LITTLE CortexA57/A53 configuration is capable of, and the results are very promising. However, there’s already a discrepancy in the 5433’s GPU performance when compared with Qualcomm’s current high-end Snapdragon 805. The gulf could grow even more next year when the Snapdragon 810 is set to arrive, which will feature an ARM big.LITTLE CPU and Adreno 430 GPU configuration.

2015 is going so see another decent improvement in CPU performance, but GPU gains are where the big numbers are. Nvidia’s graphics pedigree has shone through in these benchmarks and the CPU looks very competitive with upcoming ARM-based processors. The final test for Nvidia’s Tegra K1 will come when we get our hands on the Nexus 9.

  • Gary

    Your intro forgets the Snapdragon 410. The Tegra K1 isn’t the first 64-bit Android processor. But the Nexus 9 is the first one to make use of it thanks to a 64-bit operating system.

  • seattle tech

    The snapdragon 805 is somewhat like an intel core quad and the exynos 7(5433) is an i7. Tegras are only in tablets for a reason

    • Protoss

      the HTC One X and the Xiamo Mi 3 got both Tegra3 and Tegra4, recheck your sources

      • seattle tech

        The discussion is about the K1.

        • Protoss

          “Tegras are only in tablets for a reason” i dont read “the tegra K1 is only in tablets for a reason”

          • seattle tech

            What is the title? “SoC Showdown: Tegra K1 vs Exynos 7 Octa vs Snapdragon 805”
            What is the discussion? It only seems that you’re the only one that can’t comprehend that.

          • Protoss

            What you said will remain a mistake until you put a “K1” in it, have a nice day.

          • seattle tech

            The only mistake is your mom not aborting you. Thank you for letting us people know that frequent android tech sites that nvidia makes more than one SoC. Also thank you for letting me know that my old htc one x has a tegra soc in it. Please let us know more of your wisdom

          • Protoss

            Chill little boy, don’t talk about mothers in a tech subject, it will only make you more stupid than you’re already are with your “tegras are only in tablets for a reason”, stay zen man, no need to be mad that much for just a mistake

          • Me

            the only mistake is showing how dumb you are and not realizing the mistake you made in your post. suck it up.

    • renz

      If nvidia wants to they can put k1 in phones. Even with reduce performance so it can fit nicely in phone thermal and power budget the performance should still be competitive. The test done by anandtech when they limit shield tablet performance (which is still ahead of competitor performance) they can get have equal or even better battery life with shield tablet. Snapdragon was found in most phone because of qualcom dominance in modem/baseband market. Exynos? Samsung can put them in their phone even if their performance are less competitive. That is what happen to early variant exynos 5. If samsung somehow able to license and integrate qualcom modem into their exynos I think samsung will never use snapdragon in their product.

  • Guest 123

    Lies, all damn lies!

    No android anything out performs apple! I’ve been told over and over in comments here thus it must be true!

    • MasterMuffin

      And you keep telling it over and over :D

      • Guest 123

        Only twice now, because of the great info provided as of late fit too perfectly. . . I’ll stop now :P

        Notice those commenters haven’t been commenting on those two articles. . . wonder why.

        • MasterMuffin

          They thought you were serious, upvoted and left.

          And maybe you are dun dun dunnn

          • Guest 123

            sadly that may very well be true. . .

          • MasterMuffin

            @Mladen Krčmarević :)

          • Guest 123

            And you had already made the comment. . . . ouch!

    • Mladen Krčmarević

      Just because you paid 3 times more money on a phone than you should doesn’t make it better than other phones…

      • DST

        Just because it isn’t an cheap android phone (and people are willing to pay for it) it doesn’t means it’s worse.

        • Boonlumsion Piyapon

          Benchmarks already say “big” part of it

          And Guest 123 just trolling .. for his fun

      • Guest 123

        Hu?!?!? I paid $369 for my *unlocked* device. . . how’s that 3x anything other than the cheapest devices on the planet? Certainly isn’t 3x the price of any of the flagship devices.

        Or are you just flying at low altitude today and didn’t get my comment?

        • Mladen Krčmarević

          Didn’t get the comment :P…

          • Guest 123

            It’s OK, I understand how the apple trolls can get to a person from time to time ;)

            It’s actually pretty funny, if you notice they only show up on articles that talk a bit about something of apple’s, thus I’m sure they have email alerts, or just working in Cupertino and getting notified via in-house notifications lol

          • CPA01

            Sarcasm. Kind of hard to transmit over the internet.

          • Jayfeather787

            I know right. I thought he was serious.

          • CPA01

            Nah, that’s really over the top. While I do think it is often hard to separate people making satire of Apple diehard fans from the actual fans, this case it was absurdly over the top.

          • jamal

            Just shut up buddy.

          • CPA01

            Make me.

      • Abbas Mustafa Bhaiji

        actually i love android but iOS is the smoothest mobile os there will ever be its just that the functionality of iOS sucks

        • kg2105

          The smoothness is wildly exaggerated, and no it isn’t.

        • Wait for ART

          • Ry

            Why wait, it’s been out for ages now. Just enable it.

          • shaun walsh

            Unless you’ve updated to 5.0, you only have a prerelease of ART that is still lacking in a lot of features and in some cases (mine included) will slow your phone down. Now, my Nvidia Shield on the other hand, which has 5.0, saw a nice gain in ‘smoothness’ and feels more like a desktop OS now then mobile.

          • Ry

            I had 4.4 on my Nexus and enabled it, everything was sweet. I expect I got the improvements that were intended.
            I didn’t have any slow downs at all.

          • shaun walsh

            Yeah, nexus probably has better results as it’s a reference Google device, skinned devices (like my HTC one m8) have problems

        • jamaall

          After using an iPad Air on ios8 for a few weeks, I can’t say that’s true. It does lag and stutter sometimes, like every other device. Apple has just done a good job covering it up with long, smooth animations that make it look like its not having any problems. I don’t have exact numbers but comparing my Nexus 7 to iPad air, the N7 takes you to the home screen at least 2x faster.

          • Seth Forbus

            I’ve tried to explain this to so many people. Their animations cover up loading time. I’d rather my device jerk back to the home screen quickly than slowly go back to it “smoothly”.

          • jamaall

            Exactly. I even have my Droid Maxx running animations at double the speed and it still zips through everything. It takes much longer to go through things on the iPad. I only have one because it was given to me, otherwise I’d be getting a Nexus 9!

          • 404

            wow, never thought of it like that. silly apple

        • Hellbender519

          Lol my HTC One on Lollipop GPE runs smoother than my gfs iPhone 6. The functionality and the newer features of iOS 8 have bogged it down a lot. Even with the limited scrolling distance on iOS, I still see stutter on it.

    • CA Manmit Singh

      Noting is permanent , everything falls

    • Droid Rules

      How cute. Please Don’t Cry like a little girl… :D

      The numbers are right.

      • Jayfeather787

        He was joking. It’s hard to transmit that through typing sometimes.

    • dodz

      check out these scores for the ipad air 2

    • filaos

      Well, to be honest, the best Apple SoC is out and trounces them all: the A8X powering the ipad air 2 equals the Denver score in mono core benchmark (1800+) and destroyes the K1 and the Exynos 7 in multi core (4500 geekbench points!). And such a beat is already in the hands of customers.

      • renz

        A8X beats K1 in multi score because A8X is a triple core CPU whilst Denver is dual core CPU. Single threads performance most likely not equal between the two. But from the looks of it Denver will come out of top in single threaded performance.

    • chamcham

      It’s because that Apple’s cpu runs a 64 bit based processor with a 1.4 Gigahertz compared to the snapdragon 804 which has a higher gigahertz and a 32 bit based procitsor andioss also ios. it is only apple using ios compared to android is more used by other smartphone brands. But by the end itsyour choice which one to pick.

  • Frosti

    I’m looking forward for the Nexus 9. But I think the Dual Core architecture of the Tegra K1 will make multitasking not that good, especially with “only” 2GB RAM. I always thought 2GB is way enough, but since i got my OnePlus (3GB RAM) i realized that most of the time 2,5GB are already in use.

    • Marco

      The amount of RAM occupied depends also on the amount of RAM your device is carrying.

    • Lindle

      Linux tries as much as possible to keep RAM full. Android is Linux based (Or Unix, not really sure which)

      • Not a fanboi

        It runs the Linux kernel. It’s pretty linux.

  • Andrei

    The Exynos 5433 scores are flawed because they’re using an ARMv7 compiled APK instead of the newer AArch32 one used in the Denver one. The real scores are around 1300/4100.

  • Cicero

    So Note 4 Exynos version here I come!

  • Spiderman

    Apple A8X FTW!

  • MasterMuffin

    Now I want the Nexus 9 even more :O

    “The Nexus 9 has finally arrived and its packing” it’s
    “news chips” new
    “there are already a collection” is
    “processors designs” processor?
    “the Denver CPU is implements” -is
    “This is a – – but come with” comes
    “As far I’m aware” far as
    “chip also make use” makes
    “2015 is going so see” to :)


    • rushabh joshi

      u r the guy that is fully active here and neva wins a giveway…lol i know that feel

      • MasterMuffin

        Thanks for rubbing salt into my wounds ;_;

        • Akki

          Sad.. ;(

    • Ry

      u r da Englishauthority.

  • apolloa

    K1 not for me, because it’s a lot of battery power so really only suits the bigger tablets. So I would choose the Snapdragon 805.

  • Marco

    Can’t wait for Snapdragon 810…

  • DDT

    Tegra K1 is an battery assassin, snapdragon 805 is an ancient architecture and exynos is a rushed out 64-bit cores that isn’t even available anywhere.

    If you want peak efficiency, go buy an A8 device, android doesn’t have a choice for you.

    It’s that simple.

    • seattle tech

      How is the exynos rushed?Explain. Also its available in many countries. America doesnt count as everywhere. Simple apple fanboy

      • Guest 123

        DDT has been breathing too much DDT.

      • Andrew T Roach

        Exynos is using Stock ARM cores. It’s not a custom design. Mediatek and countless discount chip makers are coming out with the same designs by the end of the year.

        • seattle tech

          What are you talking about. Stop drinking the apple koolaid. They are both ARM architecture on 20nm . They are basically the same chip with slight variances. Samsung has a 6-month lead right now on SoCs compared to other android SoCs. The beloved A8 “designed by apple” gets too much credit like its some kind of ground up new design. Its ARM made for ios. If you put the Samsung 5433 in an iphone it would crush the A8

          • Rushan

            And if you run the Android on A8, it will lag like hell

          • Pumpkin King

            No. It’s not an iphone

    • Badelhas

      Why are you in a Android tech site? Go donate some blood

    • Andrew T Roach

      It’s pretty clear that the A series has been ahead of Android SoC’s since the iPhone 5 released using Swift cores, which beat the socks off Krait. Snapdragon is still using Krait today.

      But K1 Denver is a different beast. It’s a big, wide dual core config, like the A series. Designed for 64bit ARMv8 like the A series.

      And with Lollipop: Android gets Native runtime like it should’ve had all along, putting it on equal footing with iOS.


      • Pumpkin King

        Keep trying apple boy. It didn’t beat the socks off anything

  • Ruby H.

    Somting tels me dat de pezon who rote dis artikle had a problems mit hiz speling cheker… or, perhaps he used the S-Pen on his new Note 4 with the keyboard set to swipe when he wrote the article ;-)

  • M3D1T8R

    This kind of makes me want a Nexus 9 again.
    Then I remember it doesn’t have wireless charging, still has only 2GB ram, and costs $500. Yeah I’ll stick with my Nexus 7 2013 a while longer.

    • CPA01

      If you’re so focused on the price, why are you pro-wireless charging?

      Wireless charging is bad for the battery as excessive heat generation reduces the longevity of the battery. If you’re all worried about paying so much, don’t you want your device to last as long as possible? My Nexus 5 has wireless charging and I never use it because I want my battery to go as long as possible.

      The 2GB of RAM is a concern, particularly since this is the first Android device that’s operating both a 64 bit OS and 64 bit processor. Apple’s already demonstrated BSOD on both the iPad Air and 5S due to insufficient RAM. Granted, both of those devices are 1GB, but the point is still largely the same.

      Also, the 16GB version is $399, not $499.

  • flye

    this brings back to the point, why snapdragons are always behind apple’s A series SOCs in benchmarks?

    qualcomm is either not as good as apple on chip design? or they purposely milk the series dry before moving on the other.

    that’s why i love how apple and now nivdia is kicking to get Qualcomm to move.

    all dual cores beat the crap out of the gazillion cores from qualcomm and samsung.

    • Guest 123

      Or real world is something else…

      • Andrew T Roach

        Nexus 5 has reduced animation times enabled in developer options. That’s much faster than stock. Of course its going to “finish faster”.

        • Guest 123

          As apple would say, user experience is what matters, and a year old device at 1/2 the price with a screen that has higher ppi wins out . . . and the Nexus 5 looks like it has standard animations enabled, and this is still on 4.4 with Dalvik running, wait till Android 5.0, should be real good to see that against apple’s 64-bit SoC. Good thing apple can buy their GPU form PowerVR.

          • Mozaik

            Lol try to play gta sandreas at full high setting and than see a year old device plays that game like crap. Whereas iphine 5s run at high fps with full graphics.

    • Pumpkin King

      No. What qualcome is doing is actually what all of you think apple is doing.
      They continually refresh and get the best optimized use out of an older architecture and show how much better it can still get every time.

      Apple just moved to a newer achitecture. They also restrict the heck out of it to milk you.
      And it does not beat the crap out of the snapdragon.

      And it’s biggest benefits are the newer gpu and the lackluster of ios. System wide restriction with lack of features. This making the illusion of great optimizing. And being more barebones for benchmarks.

      It’s real life performance however is a laughable joke most of the time thanks to all is terrible coding and bugs and 1gb of ram

  • Andrew T Roach

    Nvidia took cues from Apple’s A series, using a wide, powerful 64bit core with high single threaded performance for maximum responsiveness. This is the best way to design to design a mobile SoC and eliminate UI stutter in all situations.

    And its why Google is using it in their flagship developers platform: because this is the direction that Google would like SoC’s to move towards.

    • Andyman

      Nvidias K1 was unveiled early this year. Its been stated that they based the 64bit K1 off of their desktop class GPUs, in other words, they couldn’t and didn’t base anything off of Apple’s work.

    • Pumpkin King

      Or on top of the more factual reply gpu already got…Nvidia knows what they are doing.

      and ios emulates performance through system wide restriction, lack of features and functions, and animations.
      But it’s a failed illusion and they have the most app crashes and tend to freeze more.

  • Roger Segers

    Mmmm…..this is interesting. My usual carrier is only offering the Snapdragon 805 variant. In the long run would the exynos 5433 be the better choice when the 64-bit OS becomes available? I am not interested in the gaming prowess of my smartphone – that’s what my gaming rig is for. I use my smartphone for everything where possible – so browsing, messaging, corporate and private email, meeting notes, reading articles and ebooks, tech apps etc.Should not have read this article….

    • Pumpkin King

      The Exynos seems to be a good bit ahead in cpu.
      And will most likely pick up 64 bit in android l.

      I thought the mali gpu was the stronger as well.i guess not. Though all these scores reflect lower than what the Exynos actually got

  • Alexandros Vourlakos

    i’m no apple user or fan but the future i think is socs like a8. the performance of a8 per cpu cycle and core speed is immense. imagine an android with just two 1.3ghz 20nm 64bit cortex-a57 cores and a hugely bigger battery than the iphone 6 performing like snapdragon 801, while draining significanly less battery along the way and having a (gsmarena) endurance of 150 hours. not to mention the brutal force of the power vr gx6450. just give out socs like this. cores and numbers don’t matter, it’s about the quality of the cpu cycle. that’s why a dual-core haswell intel core i5 @1.5 ghz is as powerful as a million ghz quad-core amd, or why a humble snapdragon s600 is so much more powerful in real-life than an octa-core mediatek.

    • Guest 123

      Cores do matter, that doesn’t mean all cores are created equal. The more cores in an ARM CPU *usually* leads to a more energy efficient CPU, that’s why you would rather have a quad core running at 1GHz than a single core running at 4GHz.

      However, your main idea is correct, moving to these 64-bit chips will add a lot, however, we do want many cores not less cores — let’s not go backwards just because apple milks their customers.

      • Alexandros Vourlakos

        yes apple milks their customers but that’s hardly the point. we must be tech lovers, not android lovers. and i love android much more than apple but when they do something right i say it, your main idea is right but we move to more cores because 99% of people understand the number of cores, not the quality of them, so more is better (marketing). a good example is the snapdragon 400: 4 cortex-a7 @1.2ghz replace 2 krait 300 @1,4 ghz and they sell you that as an update, well, it’s not.

        • Pumpkin King

          Except you are giving them way too much credit.
          Is just an improved architecture. And it’s boosted by the restrictive and lack of features in ios.

          Imagine if apple had made it 1.7-2ghz quad with 2-3GB ram and a decent battery.
          Though it would still stuck somewhat because of the crappy coding and all the bugs of ios. Though the higher ram count would help negate some of that.

          And the part about imagine a 1.3ghz version in android…..
          hello. The Exynos is a 1.9ghz version. Though there still some architecture differences.

    • CPA01

      The future is just ARMv8.

      That’s what accounted for the gains in the A8 processor. Not the 64 bit, It was the better instruction set. Everyone is going to ARMv8, it’s just a matter of time.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Nvidia’s Tegra K1 and Apple’s A8x are monsters at the moment. Qualcomm got a little lazy this year in the power race and can’t slack off. The SD810 looks good though.

    • Seth Forbus

      Qualcomm has got epic battery life though! My Galaxy S5 has better battery life than any other smartphone I’ve seen yet. I’m hoping the Note 4 I ordered does as well. (Backordered)

      • Vuyo Ncube

        Snapdragon devices outrun everything else in battery life. Yeah, this’ll probably carry on into 2015.

  • bob

    a8x gets 1800 single core, 4400 multi core

    its fair to compare tablet socs with tablet soc, not smartphone socs like a8

  • ConCal

    I can’t wait to see how the Snapdragon 810 stacks up!

    • renz

      Cpu wise it might perform like exynos 5433 since it will use same configuration and both are based on 20nm process. Now we only need to know how well adreno 430 going to perform.

  • Ed

    I am happy with my rooted HTC one running ARHD, and it is not even on the benchmarks anymore. Honestly, as long as I have a good EQ and a battery that lasts at least day and a half, I am good to go. Don’t really care about benchmarks anymore.

    • Seth Forbus

      Its a pissing contest at this point. Back when phones had 100MB of ram and 600mhz processors it was much more important.

  • msal

    Why isn’t the k1 in smartphones?

  • Rushan

    Why the Exynos always clocked below 2GHZ?

  • Darktanone

    In early benchmarks, the A8X scores 1812 in single core and 4477 in multiple core GeekBench tests. Further it’s said to have three cores with 2 GB of RAM. I haven’t seen any GPU tests, but think it will be quite impressive.

  • Nimp Ortequi

    K1 is a tablet processor!the fact iPhone 6 can even keep up is scary,how fast is that darn a8x.(yep not benchmarked I said elsewhere,Apple pretty much is alone .All other are using last year it’s guaranteed that iPhone will have 50% of uses market before years end .given that they already had 42% and iPhone 2014 already own 6% of the market

    • renz

      Well A8 is using 20nm process while K1 is still on 28nm.

    • Pumpkin King

      Lol. You’ll be lucky if there 11% share rises to even 20%.

      The a8 has a good gpu. Wow now the whole world is a better place. ….

  • thedianondgames

    Imagine octa-core Denver

    • renz

      To be honest I don’t know if nvidia with will ever go with the octa core fever. They not even in mediatek or Qualcomm position. So instead going with the moar the bettar marketing buzz (Qualcomm did admit the decision to make octa processor was because of market demand) they better spend their resource to do what they good at. Instead of more CPU core nvidia will most likely pushing for more GPU core (as in GPU shader, not GPU core configuration that used for imagination power vr GPU or ARM Mali GPU) and promote for gpgpu parallelism which they are very good at.

  • Pumpkin King

    I thought the mali t760 gpu was supposed to be more powerful than the adreno 420

  • JeffColorado

    No sources for any of these benchmarks. Who ran them? This information is useless to me.

  • ChrisGX

    I have some questions about the Tegra K1 Denver. I note that some people dismiss it because of a perceived connection to what Transmeta tried and failed to achieve. Apparently, one is to avoid “code morphing” above all else, according to the Denver critics. But, for years, Intel and AMD, too, have been transforming x86 code into some other internal format(s) that is more useful to current CPU architectures. So, why is it wrong for Nvidia to do on the ARM architecture what everyone does on the x86 architecture? Does this criticism of the Denver evaporate into pure bias or is there something more to it?

    The other main criticism of the Denver is that it is “in order” in hardware. Again the strength of the criticism is that OOE in hardware is right and therefore that whatever Nvidia is doing must be wrong. Perhaps, the Denver architecture will fail. but is it anything more than faith in the devil you know to suggest that Denver or other alternatives will necessarily fail before we even know the details of how they work?

    • renz

      I still haven’t seen extensive analysis done on nvidia Denver architecture. Hopefully there will be one soon.

      • ChrisGX

        Undoubtedly, the way in which Nvidia have been so coy on the detail hasn’t helped. There is a “white paper” on the 4+1 ARM based K1 on their website but nothing beyond a marketing blurb on the Denver. It is as if we have had a seeding release that will be followed up by a bigger splash down the line.

        • renz

          well could be a flop for all we know. but i believe current nvidia denver is more like a place holder before they come up with erista next year. maybe they just want to have something so developer can work on it and try to address the problem arise from their current implementation with upcoming erista. denver initially was not expected to come out until nvidia 6th generation tegra.

      • ChrisGX

        It turns out that the Microprocessor Report has done a good overview of the Denver – see

  • heynownow

    I just bought a xiomi mi pad online in India with the K1. Incredible value and performance for $220

  • How_delightful

    Every time I think about buying a New Tablet, I see a better one in the pipeline, and wanna hold out a bit more…. and then when that is released, I have already spotted an even better one….
    S`funny really.
    A high-end laptop really is the way to go sometimes.