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Impressive Tegra K1 Benchmarks Hit the Web, Running Through Lenovo ThinkVision 28 4K Display

Early benchmarks for the Tegra K1 processor from NVIDIA are hitting the web this week, apparently running on a Lenovo ThinkVision 28 4K smart display which features the Android OS. The thing is, NVIDIA would state that these are just preliminary benchmarks, as the processor has unlikely been optimized for such testing, and these numbers shouldn’t be taken to heart quite yet. The new SoC is still unavailable to the public, so NVIDIA still has time to make these already-impressive numbers go up from here. 

As one would expect, the benchmarks clearly beat out all of last year’s top performing chips, such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800, Apple’s A7, and NVIDIA’s past Tegra 4. With the Tegra K1, NVIDIA is moving towards bringing console-like graphics to mobile processors, and if the new benchmarks are any indicator, they are moving towards the right direction.

Tom’s Hardware posted up a few benchmarks on their site, focusing primarily on the processor’s 192-core Kepler GPU. As stated by the site, the tests either don’t recognize the frequency at which the Tegra K1 operates at or Lenovo’s device is placing a 15% lower operating ceiling on the application processor than which it is capable of running. Regardless of which it is, it is still good to see that it performs just fine with said limitations.


3DMark is a multi-platform graphics benchmark that contains both graphics and physics tests, which is shown above. This versions runs at an off-screen resolution of 720p, so focus is solely on the processors, and the results won’t be affected by the device’s display. This would be your basic chip-to-chip comparison sheet.

GFXBench (shown below), is another multi-platform which renders a scene that features a lot of different effects, as well as additive lighting and physics. The off-screen results show performance for a display resolution of 1920 x 1080, while the on-screen results show for the device’s native display resolution. Since the Lenovo device is running a UHD display, that is why you see such a dip in performance (the black bar).

Again, since the chip has yet to be optimized for these benchmarks, we wouldn’t rely on their results too heavily quite yet. This is just a nice way to see what we should possibly expect from the processor.

Tegra K1 benchmark

What we have yet to see are benchmarks of actually released devices, featuring new chips from all makers, such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805, as well as new silicon from Intel going up against the Tegra K1. From the end-user point of view, a lot of these numbers won’t necessarily translate to real life scenarios, but your overall experience will be greatly affected.

Will the extra power consume battery quicker? Will your device overheat? Will games and apps lag? All of those questions won’t be answered until we see 2014 devices hit the market running this next generation of chips. And for that, we are excited for their release.

Via: Tom’s Hardware
  • Steve

    With this having an onscreen of 16fps on 4K screens, I think they should lower that to 1080p until Denver is released. Otherwise this thing would lag so hard.

  • chris125

    Well tegra always impresses before it launches but they usually wait so long that when it does launch it is no longer so spectacular. Plus if it did not really outperform these chips I would be worried since both will be creating new chips shortly (snap805 and apples A8)

  • Ken Bosse

    I cant buy into another Tegra processor, not after the Transformer prime

    • kyle

      I feel the same way but I ended up buying the Nexus 7 2013.. asus is very slowly gaining my trust again. I also had the Tegra 2 in the Atrix and that kind of sucked because quickly it went from your game can only play on this phone to your chip can’t run any ames.

      • Ken Bosse

        Everything about mine is slow. I’ve factory reset it a few times, for a while it works. Over time it just gets worse and worse. Everything about that device seemed to be a bust, to start off with the Wifi issues, but I’ll end it there.

        • Kevin

          You’re talking about the 2013 model right?

          • Ken Bosse

            I’m going back to my original TF Prime comment, I haven’t owned a Nexus tablet yet.

        • Braden Abbott

          Any device that is not on Android 4.3 or higher slows down a lot over time because of the lack of TRIM to keep your storage speed healthy. Flash it to 4.3 and give it a few days to TRIM the drive, good as new.

          • chris125

            Not to mention asus/google chose to use cheaper low end storage which makes the situation even worse.

      • Kevin

        I thought the Nexus 7 2013 came with Snapdragon?

    • Garrett Collins

      The Nexus 7 2012 is another prime example. It was good, but not great. Graphics performance was very good, but regular app performance was not. The need to work on things other than graphics. So far I will only buy and use the Qualcomm devices. The Moto G is a prime example of how smooth even an entry level chip can perform. The Qualcomm 400 is a very worthwhile experience.

      • Kevin

        That’s exactly the point I’m trying to make. Why would you think the Tegra 3 was even a decent processor? Did the rushed product not give it away? Did you even look at the benchmarks? I bought the Nexus 7 2013 knowing the processor was going to be weak but people ignored that and just drooled over it because it was a Nexus. And now they’re releasing a chip that’s as powerful as console games and now you decide to back off on it?

    • Kevin

      I seriously can’t understand why everyone is hating Tegra right now. When they finally release a processor that has potential. Yet everyone was on board with tegra 2, 3, 4, etc. The previous versions of Tegra were awful but people didn’t see that. They just saw more cores and they thought that was a good thing.

      • Mike Hilal

        Because it’s the same thing over and over again. The same crap was all over for the Tegra 3 and 4. Look where those went. Open GL will be updated on all of the other processors soon enough, so dont look at that rendering video and think it’s all to do with the SOC, it’s the SW more than the HW in this case.

        • Kevin

          I’m trying to say that this time it’s different were before they were just adding more cores and not really optimizing it. This time they were even able to surpass Apple’s A7 and Qualcom’s S800.

          • Mike Hilal

            Also, the A7 barely passes the S800 offscreen, and it was designed after. Onscreen isnt fair as it’s only pushing 1/4 the pixels. Look at the onscreen for the K1 at 4K if you dont believe me

        • Steve

          The Tegra 4 was actually faster than the S800.

  • MustWarnOthers

    If they don’t release open source drivers, it’s a few steps from useless anyway. Just like every other Tegra product, the manufacturers cannot be relied upon to release software updates and it will be especially harder for the manufacturer if the drivers aren’t there. The dev community doesn’t have much to work on either, since they are usually the selfless folks attempting to provide the user experience that the manufacturer/carrier leave flat after a few months.

  • John Legere

    I remember Tegra benchmarks. ..and my Nexus 7….and Surface RT..

  • Rock_Kickass

    Other benchmarks show it outperforming the intel HD 4400 graphics. Let me say that again, it outperforms a top of the line desktop grade intergrated graphics!!!! (I understand these are just pre-release benchmarks that can be not fully trusted to some degree, but still. Hot Damn!)

    • Adrynalyne

      4400 isn’t top of the line IGP.

      The Iris Pro series is (Intel HD 5200) and it stomps the 4400 pretty hard too.

      • Rock_Kickass

        Oh solid point, my mistake. Still cool though.

      • michael arazan

        I used the 4400 to play cod and battlefield on line with a pc, It handles those games perfectly. Hard to find a game with more graphics than those two with online multiplayer. Add that to a phone with 3 ghz and 4 gb of ram and you could take desktop games every where you go.

    • John Legere

      Well. Integrated graphics aren’t made for anything

  • Thomas Su