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- Dec 30, 2010
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A new AnTuTu benchmark showed up online effectively crowning a new king of performance in mobile benchmarks. Someone tested a special version of the NVIDIA Tegra K1 that scored an astounding 44,000 AnTuTu benchmark, besting the Snapdragon 801 and unreleased 805 by over 6,000 points! What's really phenomenal about this chip is that it is actually only a dual-core. Of course, there's a catch... the chip is a special 64-bit version running at an unheard of (for a mobile CPU) 3GHz.
Now, keep in mind, these results are a bit misleading. First, as far as we know, there is no Android software currently available which is optimized for 64-bit code. This means NVIDIA needed to optimize software for the chip themselves for testing. Here's a quote with more of the details,
In the meantime, to run Android on a 64-bit chipset you need to do some optimization work of your own, which is undoubtedly what Nvidia did in order to get its Tegra K1 64-bit variant to get along with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It’s unclear what device Nvidia was using for this benchmark test, but that’s probably irrelevant since it’s more than likely we’re talking about a reference design or reference platform here. The model number of “T132ref” seems to confirm this.
The 64-bit Nvidia CPU is strangely a dual-core part, and not quad-core as most of the company’s recent efforts. It is, however, clocked at a jaw-breaking 3 GHz, a frequency not previously reached by a mobile chipset.
The reference board it was paired with had 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, and a 1080p Full HD screen. And with these specs, the 64-bit Tegra K1 was second only to the 32-bit quad-core Tegra K1 in the AnTuTu results database, beating the likes of the Snapdragon 805 and Snapdragon 801 from Qualcomm by a pretty wide margin.
Right now we haven't really heard much about this new deal-core chip from NVIDIA. It's interesting because it actually ousted its own brother, the quad-core K1 Tegra from NVIDIA. That chip has also not be released yet. More than likely the performance delta exists because the dual-core chip is clocked higher than the quad-core variant.
If NVIDIA can make these chips as energy efficient as they are powerful, then they might be able to jump back into a competitive advantage over Qualcomm. It would be nice to see some "fresh blood" in the arena.