Nvidia Tegra 4

NVIDIA Tegra 4

The NVIDIA Tegra 4 is an ARM-based SoC (System on a Chip) designed mainly for Android and Windows RT tablets and smartphones. It was formally announced on January 2013 and contains a quad-core CPU based on the Cortex-A15 architecture, a 72 core GeForce graphics card, a video engine, and a dual-channel DDR3L 1833 memory controller. It is manufactured at TSMC in 28nm HPL (low power with High-K + metal gates optimized for low leakage).

The so-called 4-plus-1 processor cores are in fact five ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores where the fifth core is used largely for power-saving purposes. As with the Tegra 3, this feature will not work with Windows RT as the four central cores are always active. The cores can be clocked up to 1.9 GHz (depending on the model, 1.8 GHz for T40S) and Nvidia claims performance levels above that of current high-end SoCs like the Apple A6, quad-core Krait or Exynos A15 dual-core.

The integrated GeForce ULP graphics card offers 72 cores that are still divided into distinct pixel and vertex shaders (no unified CUDA cores). Even so, the high number of cores should provide 6x the performance of a Tegra 3 and 1.6x the Apple A6 in GLBenchmark 2.5 according to Nvidia.

Furthermore, the video engine has been enhanced and now supports 1440p VP8 and H.264 HP encoding and decoding. Some models will support USB 3.0 while all are expected to support e.MMC 4.5.

Power consumption should be in the same ballpark as the Tegra 3 chip according to Nvidia. PRISM 2 color management can help save power by lowering display brightness without sacrificing viewability. Furthermore, the 28nm process allows for less power consumption overall.

The models T40S and T40K are intended for superphones, tablets, and clamshells, whereas the AP40 and AP43 are intended for mainstream smartphones. Differences in maximum clock speeds and connectivity features (such as USB 3.0) are expected.

SeriesNVIDIA
CodenameWayne Cortex A15
Clock Rate1800 - 1900 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Manufacturing Technology28 nm
Die Size~80-85 mm2
64 Bitno 64 Bit support
Announcement Date01/08/2013
Product Link (external)NVIDIA Tegra 4

CPU Benchmarks

Linpack for Android:
0% 100%
min: 211.167     avg: 556.3 (81.37%)     max: 682 MFLOPS
Linpack for Android:
0% 100%
min: 500.495     avg: 634 (57.64%)     max: 746.313 MFLOPS
Sunspider:
0% 100%
min: 390.8     avg: 659.7 (94.63%)     max: 837.1 ms*
Sunspider:
0% 100%
min: 384.5     avg: 621.5 (86.7%)     max: 959.9 ms*
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 2992     avg: 3514.3 (27.56%)     max: 3931 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Integer
0% 100%
min: 1811     avg: 2334.8 (17.03%)     max: 2611 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Floating Point
0% 100%
min: 4075     avg: 5354.5 (32.17%)     max: 6130 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Memory
0% 100%
min: 2753     avg: 3596.3 (41.09%)     max: 3899 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Stream
0% 100%
min: 1090     avg: 1228 (12.91%)     max: 1583 Points
AnTuTu Benchmark v3: CPU
0% 100%
min: 14971     avg: 14971 (97.3%)     max: 14971 points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 0     avg: 9205.2 (17%)     max: 13727 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7088     avg: 12435.3 (26.1%)     max: 14232 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 7265     avg: 13300.8 (20.21%)     max: 16579 Points
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Single-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 0     avg: 391.7 (11.68%)     max: 927 Points
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 0     avg: 1117.3 (8.7%)     max: 2797 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 4653.1     avg: 6576.9 (90.92%)     max: 10107.1 ms*
Octane V2: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 3368     avg: 4651.3 (19.42%)     max: 5247 Points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Octane V2 in comparison
MT6572 (min)
1317 
...
Qualcomm MSM8974
4027.4 
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa
4147 
Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexa
4316 
NVIDIA Tegra 4
4651.3 
Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual
4943 
Apple A7
5146.5 
Intel Core i5 3437U
6262 
...
Intel Core i7 4600U (max)
23947 

Reviews for the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor

Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 7.0")
» Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 - External Review

Asus Transformer Pad TF701T (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 10.1")
» Asus Transformer Pad TF701T - External Review

Gigabyte Tegra Note 7 (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 7.0")
» Gigabyte Tegra Note 7 - External Review

Gigaset QV1030 (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 10.1")
» Gigaset QV1030 - External Review

HP Slate 8 Pro (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 8.0")
» HP Slate 8 Pro - External Review

HP Slate 8 Pro 7600eg (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 8.0")
» Review HP Slate 8 Pro 7600eg Tablet - Review

HP SlateBook x2 (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 10.1")
» Review HP SlateBook x2 10-h010nr Tablet - Review
» HP SlateBook x2 - External Review

Microsoft Surface 2 (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 10.6")
» Review Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet - Review
» Microsoft Surface 2 - External Review

NVIDIA Note 7 (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 7")
» Review Nvidia Tegra Note 7 Tablet - Review

Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 10.1")
» Review Toshiba Excite Pro AT10LE-A-108 Tablet - Review
» Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 - External Review

Toshiba Excite Write AT10PE-A-105 (NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 10.1")
» Toshiba Excite Write AT10PE-A-105 - External Review

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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

- Qualcomm MSM8974
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
- Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400
   1.4 GHz / 3 MB
- Mediatek MT6595
   2 GHz / 0 MB
- Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB
- AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-58
   1.9 GHz / 1 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 4
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
+ AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-56
   1.8 GHz / 1024 KB
+ Intel Celeron Dual-Core T1600
   1.66 GHz / 1024 KB
+ Intel Celeron Dual-Core T1500
   1.87 GHz / 512 KB
+ Intel Pentium 977
   1.4 GHz / 512 KB + 2048 KB
+ Intel Celeron 877
   1.4 GHz / 512 KB + 2048 KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-01- 7)