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Nvidia publishes more Tegra 4 benchmarks

Tegra 4 vs. Snapdragon 600/800: Nvidia presents additional benchmarks for its upcoming smartphone and tablet APU in an attempt to one-up Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon

It has been well over a month since the official revealing of Nvidia's latest ARM SoC, but not much has been shown ever since. The company is expected to begin shipping large quantities of its Tegra 4 APU to power not only its upcoming Project Shield platform, but also the latest tablets and smartphones beginning Q2 2013.

Now that MWC is underway this week, Nvidia has revealed additional benchmarks to compare the Tegra 4 to Qualcomm's S600/S800 series of competing Snapdragon APUs.

Even though said benchmarks are more than likely bias to some degree, they do shed some light to what the Tegra 4 is expected to excel at. Compared to the S600 as found on the HTC One and Asus PadFone Infinity, Nvidia promises more than twice the processing power in Specint2000 and SunSpider JavaScript benchmarks as well as overall browser loading times. Even Qualcomm's highly regarded Krait architecture was not quite able to deliver the same performance-per-MHz as Nvidia's Cortex-A15-driven APU.

Of course, it is almost a certainty that the company had pre-selected conditions in order to favor the performance of the Tegra 4 APU. Perhaps an even more important aspect is the missing TDP rating; the presumably more powerful Tegra 4 could potentially be much more power-hungry than the APUs from Qualcomm.

Regardless, the upcoming Tegra 4 chip will be setting new standards upon launch for the mobile world. Nvidia boasts an impressive 57 FPS in GLBenchmark Egypt 2.5 (1080p offscreen), or about 20 percent higher than the Snapdragon S800. The Snapdragon S4 (as found on the Nexus 4 smartphone) was shown to be surpassed by an even wider margin. Notebookcheck will certainly update with further benchmarks of our own once mobile devices with the Tegra 4 APU are finally made available.


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Till Schönborn/ Allen Ngo, 2013-02-26 (Update: 2013-02-26)