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NVIDIA Tegra 3

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

Benchmarks

Vellamo 3.x - Metal
0% 100%
min: 442      avg: 442 (16%)     median: 442 (16%)     max: 442 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Multicore Beta
0% 100%
min: 1136      avg: 1136 (43%)     median: 1136 (43%)     max: 1136 Points
Vellamo 3.x - Browser
0% 100%
min: 1084      avg: 1196 (19%)     median: 1196 (19%)     max: 1308 Points
Octane V2 - Total Score
0% 100%
min: 1741      avg: 1741 (5%)     median: 1741 (5%)     max: 1741 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
0% 100%
min: 18566      avg: 19762.7 (33%)     median: 19762.7 (33%)     max: 20959.4 ms
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 1019      avg: 1084 (7%)     median: 1084 (7%)     max: 1149 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 338      avg: 354.5 (8%)     median: 354.5 (8%)     max: 371 Points
AndEBench - Native
0% 100%
min: 8610      avg: 8987 (42%)     median: 8987 (42%)     max: 9364 Iter./s
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 7037      avg: 7037 (12%)     median: 7037 (12%)     max: 7037 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 6140      avg: 6390.3 (12%)     median: 6405 (12%)     max: 6626 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5688      avg: 6236.7 (12%)     median: 6276.5 (12%)     max: 6639 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1 - CPU Tests
0% 100%
min: 8094      avg: 8486.7 (12%)     median: 8638 (12%)     max: 8728 Points
AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score
0% 100%
min: 13935      avg: 14475 (34%)     median: 14475 (34%)     max: 15015 points
AnTuTu Benchmark v3 - CPU
0% 100%
min: 5141      avg: 6173 (40%)     median: 5783.5 (38%)     max: 8550 points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Stream
0% 100%
min: 169      avg: 243.7 (3%)     median: 266.5 (3%)     max: 316 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Memory
0% 100%
min: 833      avg: 1131 (13%)     median: 1153 (13%)     max: 1417 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Floating Point
0% 100%
min: 302      avg: 2085 (12%)     median: 2254 (13%)     max: 2842 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Integer
0% 100%
min: 669      avg: 1189.2 (8%)     median: 1200 (8%)     max: 1452 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
0% 100%
min: 609      avg: 1395.9 (10%)     median: 1455.5 (10%)     max: 1817 Points
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
0% 100%
min: 1168.3      avg: 1287.9 (32%)     median: 1257 (31%)     max: 1438.3 ms
Sunspider - 0.9.1 Total Score
0% 100%
min: 970.3      avg: 1573.7 (15%)     median: 1736.6 (16%)     max: 2168.7 ms
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 -
0% 100%
min: 3495      avg: 4282.8 (18%)     median: 4101.5 (17%)     max: 7249 points
Linpack Android / IOS - Multi Thread
0% 100%
min: 69.296      avg: 113.9 (5%)     median: 107.3 (4%)     max: 166.667 MFLOPS
Linpack Android / IOS - Single Thread
0% 100%
min: 37.16      avg: 46.8 (5%)     median: 47.2 (5%)     max: 60.1 MFLOPS
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

#0 Did not recreate cache, as it is less than 5 days old +0.001s ... 0.001s

#1 min, max, avg, median took 0.00038337707519531s +0.202s ... 0.203s

#2 return log +0.001s ... 0.204s

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

Viewsonic VSD241 (NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 24.0")
» Viewsonic VSD241 - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series NVIDIA Tegra

» NVIDIA Tegra K1 (Denver)
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra K1
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 4
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 3
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 2 (250)
   1 GHz / 1 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
+ Samsung Exynos 3470 Quad
   1.4 GHz / KB
+ Mediatek MT8121
   1.3 GHz / 1024 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-07-22)