NVIDIA Tegra 3

NVIDIA Tegra 3

The NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30) is a quad-core processor for tablets and smartphones that was introduced at the end of 2011. It features four fast clocked Cortex A9 cores and a fifth companion core clocked at 500 MHz to save power (4-Plus-1 architecture). The 5th core is manufactured with low power transistors and running on a seperate power plane.

The clock speed of the four cores can reach up to 1.6 GHz (depending on the version and core load). A single core can reach 100 MHz higher clock speeds (up to 1.7 GHz currently).

There are a many different versions of the Tegra 3 SoC currently used in smartphones (AP) and tablets (T), e.g.:
T30SL / T30L 1.2 / 1.3 GHz, 416 MHz GPU, 1333 MHz DDR3: Asus Transformer Pad 300, Nexus 7, Sony Xperia Tablet S
AP30 T30 T30s 1.4 / 1.5 GHz CPU, 520 MHz GPU, 1066 MHz LPDDR2 / 1500 MHz DDR3-L: Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Acer Iconia Tab A510, A700, HTC One X, Toshiba AT270, AT 300, ...
T33: 1.6 / 1.7 GHz CPU, 520 MHz GPU, 1600 MHz DDR3: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700
AP33: 1.4 / 1.5 GHz CPU
T33A: 1.6 / 1.7 GHz CPU, higher clocked GPU and memory

The integrated Geforce ULP is similar to the version in the Tegra 2 and offers 4 more vertex shaders and some small improvements.

A bottleneck of the SoC is the 32 Bit memory interface altough it supports up to 2 GB DDR3-1600 / DDR3L-1500 / LPDDR2-1066.

The included video decoder is able to play back 1080p HD videos with a bitrate of up to 40 Mbit/s. It supports the codecs H.264, MPEG-4, DivX, WMV and VC-1 (altough you need software like the Dice Player to use the hardware acceleration).

SeriesNVIDIA
CodenameKal-El
Clock Rate1200-1600 - 1300-1700 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Manufacturing Technology40 nm
Die Size80 mm2
Features12 core GeForce LP
64 Bitno 64 Bit support
Announcement Date11/09/2011
Product Link (external)NVIDIA Tegra 3

CPU Benchmarks

Linpack for Android:
0% 100%
min: 37.16     avg: 46.8 (5.84%)     max: 60.1 MFLOPS
Linpack for Android:
0% 100%
min: 69.296     avg: 113.9 (9.89%)     max: 166.667 MFLOPS
Sunspider:
0% 100%
min: 970.3     avg: 1573.7 (85.88%)     max: 2168.7 ms*
Sunspider:
0% 100%
min: 1168.3     avg: 1287.9 (69.73%)     max: 1438.3 ms*
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 609     avg: 1395.9 (10.36%)     max: 1817 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Integer
0% 100%
min: 669     avg: 1189.2 (8.29%)     max: 1452 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Floating Point
0% 100%
min: 302     avg: 2085 (12.37%)     max: 2842 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Memory
0% 100%
min: 833     avg: 1131 (10.3%)     max: 1417 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Stream
0% 100%
min: 169     avg: 243.7 (1.98%)     max: 316 Points
AnTuTu Benchmark v3: CPU
0% 100%
min: 5141     avg: 6173 (40.12%)     max: 8550 points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5688     avg: 6236.7 (11.52%)     max: 6639 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 6140     avg: 6390.3 (13.41%)     max: 6626 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 7037     avg: 7037 (7.06%)     max: 7037 Points
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Single-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 338     avg: 354.5 (10.57%)     max: 371 Points
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 1019     avg: 1084 (8.45%)     max: 1149 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 18566     avg: 19762.7 (68.26%)     max: 20959.4 ms*
Octane V2: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 1741     avg: 1741 (7.27%)     max: 1741 Points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Octane V2 in comparison
MT6572 (min)
1317 
...
Mediatek MT6589
1449 
Mediatek MT8312
1477 
MP5232
1547 
NVIDIA Tegra 3
1741 
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226
1905 
Qualcomm APQ8064T
1988 
MT6577
1993 
...
Intel Core i7 4600U (max)
23947 

Reviews for the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor

Acer Iconia Tab A110 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.0")
» Acer Iconia Tab A110 - External Review

Acer Iconia Tab A211 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Acer Iconia Tab A211 Tablet - Review
» Acer Iconia Tab A211 - External Review

Acer Iconia Tab A510 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Acer Iconia Tab A510 Tablet/MID - Review
» Acer Iconia Tab A510 - External Review

Acer Iconia Tab A700 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Acer Iconia Tab A700 Tablet - Review
» Acer Iconia Tab A700 - External Review

Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Tablet/MID - Review
» Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T - External Review

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 Tablet/MID - Review
» Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 - External Review

Asus Memo Pad Smart 10 ME301T (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Asus Memo Pad Smart 10 ME301T Tablet - Review
» Asus Memo Pad Smart 10 ME301T - External Review

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Asus Transformer Pad TF300T Tablet/MID - Review
» Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300 - External Review

Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600 Tablet - Review
» Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600 - External Review

Asus VivoTab RT TF600T (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Asus VivoTab RT TF600T - External Review

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Fujitsu Stylistic M532 Tablet - Review
» Fujitsu Stylistic M532 - External Review

Fujitsu Stylistic M702 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Fujitsu Stylistic M702 Tablet - Review
» Fujitsu Stylistic M702 - External Review

Google Nexus 7 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.0")
» Review Google Nexus 7 Tablet 8GB - Review
» Google Nexus 7 - External Review

HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7")
» Review HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef Tablet - Review
» HP Slate 7 Plus 4200ef - External Review

HTC One X (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.7")
» Review HTC One S vs. HTC One X (Tegra 3) Smartphone - Review
» HTC One X - External Review

HTC One X+ (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.7")
» Review HTC One X+ Smartphone - Review
» HTC One X+ - External Review

Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 9.0")
» Review Lenovo IdeaTab A2109A Tablet - Review
» Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 - External Review

Lenovo IdeaPad K2 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Lenovo IdeaPad K2 - External Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 11.6")
» Review Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Ultrabook - Review
» Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 - External Review

LG Optimus 4X HD (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.7")
» LG Optimus 4X HD - External Review

Medion Life X4701-MD 98272 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 4.7")
» Medion Life X4701-MD 98272 - External Review

Microsoft Surface RT (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.6")
» Review Microsoft Surface RT Tablet - Review
» Microsoft Surface RT - External Review

Palit Galapad 7 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7")
» Review Palit Galapad 7 Tablet - Review

Sony Xperia Tablet S (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 9.4")
» Review Sony Xperia Tablet S - Review
» Sony Xperia S - External Review

Toshiba AT270-100 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.7")
» Toshiba AT270-100 - External Review

Toshiba AT270-101 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 7.7")
» Review Toshiba AT270-101 Tablet - Review

Toshiba AT300-101 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Toshiba AT300-101 - External Review

Toshiba AT300SE-101 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Review Toshiba AT300SE-101 Tablet - Review

Toshiba Excite 10 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Toshiba Excite 10 - External Review

Toshiba Excite 10 SE (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Toshiba Excite 10 SE - External Review

Toshiba Excite 13 ( unknown, 13.3")
» Toshiba Excite 13 - External Review

Toshiba Excite 7.7 ( unknown, 7.7")
» Toshiba Excite 7.7 - External Review

Toshiba Excite Pure (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Toshiba Excite Pure - External Review

Toshiba Excite Pure AT10-A-104 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 10.1")
» Toshiba Excite Pure AT10-A-104 - External Review

» Mobile CPU Comparison
Comparison of all mobile CPU series

» Mobile Processors - Benchmarklist
Benchmarklist of all known CPUs that are used in laptops (desktop and laptop CPUs)

Other CPUs of the series

» NVIDIA Tegra K1
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
   2.5 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 adMSM8974AC
   2.45 GHz / 2 MB
» VIA Nano QuadCore L4700
   1.2 GHz / 4 MB
» Qualcomm MSM8974AB
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm MSM8974
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Mediatek MT6595
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 4
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A7
   1.3 GHz / 1 MB + 4 MB
» Samsung Exynos 5410 Octa
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB
» MT8135
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8936
   0 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6592
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexa
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm APQ8064T
   1.7 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064A
   1.5 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM8939
   0 GHz / 0 MB
» RK3188
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916
   0 GHz / 0 MB
» Intel Celeron 220
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB
» AMD GX-210JA
   1 GHz / 1 MB
» Apple A6x
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm 8930AB
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060A
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260A
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Apple A6
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 3
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6589T
   1.5 GHz / 2 MB
» Mediatek MT8389
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT8125
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT6582M
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6589
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8930
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8227
   1 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Celeron 2.8
   2.8 GHz / 0.1 MB
» Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» OMAP 4470
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» k3v2 Hi3620
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» RK3066
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Qualcomm 8225Q
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8312
   1.3 GHz / 0 MB
» MP5232
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Marvell Technology Group PXA986
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» AML8726-MX
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Samsung Exynos 4210 1.4 GHz
   1.4 GHz / 1 MB
» OMAP 4460
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» RK3168
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Samsung Exynos 4210 1.2 GHz
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» MT8377
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Broadcom BCM28155
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» OMAP 4430
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» MT6572
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Apple A5x
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm MSM8225
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A5
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 250
   1 GHz / 1 MB
» MTK 8317T
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» MT6577
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» NovaThor U8500
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» NovaThor U8420
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» MT6575
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm MSM8255
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» RK2918 1.2 GHz
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» A10
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Cortex A8 1.2 GHz
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A4
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» A13
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» WM8950
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm MSM7227A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» Qualcomm MSM7225A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» OMAP 3630 1GHz
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» OMAP 3622
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» RK2918
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» TCC8803 1GHz
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» ZiiLABS ZMS-08
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Cortex A8
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» ATM7029
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Loongson 2F
   0.9 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227
   0.6 GHz / 0 MB
» unknown
   0 GHz / 0 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Apple A6
   1 GHz / 0 MB
- AMD E-Series E-240
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB
- Intel Pentium M 753
   1.2 GHz / 2 MB
- Intel Celeron M 723
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
- Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 3
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
+ Mediatek MT6589T
   1.5 GHz / 2048 KB
+ Mediatek MT8389
   1.2 GHz / 1024 KB
+ Mediatek MT8125
   1.2 GHz / 1024 KB
+ Mediatek MT6582M
   1.3 GHz / 512 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-07-22)