NVIDIA Tegra 3

NVIDIA 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 Tegra
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

Vellamo 3.0: Metal
0% 100%
min: 442     avg: 442 (0%)     max: 442 Points
Vellamo 3.0: Multicore Beta
0% 100%
min: 1136     avg: 1136 (5.17%)     max: 1136 Points
Vellamo 3.0: Browser
0% 100%
min: 1084     avg: 1196 (4.33%)     max: 1308 Points
Octane V2: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 1741     avg: 1741 (7.27%)     max: 1741 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 18566     avg: 19762.7 (68.26%)     max: 20959.4 ms*
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 1019     avg: 1084 (8.45%)     max: 1149 Points
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Single-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 338     avg: 354.5 (10.11%)     max: 371 Points
AndEBench: Java
0% 100%
min: 259     avg: 278 (22.98%)     max: 297 Iter./s
AndEBench: Native
0% 100%
min: 8610     avg: 8987 (39.58%)     max: 9364 Iter./s
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 7037     avg: 7037 (8.35%)     max: 7037 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 6140     avg: 6390.3 (13.41%)     max: 6626 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5688     avg: 6236.7 (11.52%)     max: 6639 Points
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1: CPU Tests
0% 100%
min: 8094     avg: 8486.7 (21.08%)     max: 8728 Points
AnTuTu Benchmark v4: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 13935     avg: 14475 (33.49%)     max: 15015 points
AnTuTu Benchmark v3: CPU
0% 100%
min: 5141     avg: 6173 (40.12%)     max: 8550 points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Stream
0% 100%
min: 169     avg: 243.7 (1.98%)     max: 316 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Memory
0% 100%
min: 833     avg: 1131 (10.3%)     max: 1417 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Floating Point
0% 100%
min: 302     avg: 2085 (12.37%)     max: 2842 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Integer
0% 100%
min: 669     avg: 1189.2 (8.29%)     max: 1452 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 609     avg: 1395.9 (10.36%)     max: 1817 Points
Sunspider:
0% 100%
min: 1168.3     avg: 1287.9 (68.01%)     max: 1438.3 ms*
Sunspider:
0% 100%
min: 970.3     avg: 1573.7 (85.88%)     max: 2168.7 ms*
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0:
0% 100%
min: 3495     avg: 4282.8 (13.32%)     max: 7249 points
Linpack for Android: Multi Thread
0% 100%
min: 69.296     avg: 113.9 (9.89%)     max: 166.667 MFLOPS
Linpack for Android: Single Thread
0% 100%
min: 37.16     avg: 46.8 (5.84%)     max: 60.1 MFLOPS
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Linpack for Android in comparison
Snapdragon S1 MSM7227 (min)
7.4 
...
k3v2 Hi3620
44.2 
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225
45.3 
Samsung Exynos 4210 1.2 GHz
45.9 
NVIDIA Tegra 3
46.8 
Mediatek MT6589
46.8 
OMAP 4460
48.6 
RK3066
52.1 
...
NVIDIA Tegra 4 (max)
556.3 

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
   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
+ Mediatek MT8121
   1.3 GHz / 1024 KB
+ Mediatek MT6582
   1.3 GHz / 512 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-07-22)