3 GHz 64-bit dual-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor caught getting benchmarked
Nvidia may not have a lot of customers left for its mobile chipsets, but it’s not about to let everyone else have all the 64-bit fun either. The company is working on its own 64-bit solution based on the Tegra K1 architecture that it unveiled earlier this year. One of the processors that will make up this 64-bit line has been caught running the AnTuTu benchmark, which gives us a glimpse at what we should expect in terms of performance.
Ever since Apple launched the iPhone 5S, which has the first 64-bit processor seen in the mobile space, there’s been a competition amongst Android-focused chipset vendors to release their own such solutions. However, Android itself still isn’t optimized to run 64-bit code, so right now a 64-bit CPU powering an Android device is pointless. That said, Google may be working to add 64-bit support to Android, so when that version of the OS lands, we may see some big gains.
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. It’s also managed to be, unsurprisingly, better than the Samsung Exynos 5420, the original Snapdragon 800, MediaTek’s octa-core MT6592, as well as the Snapdragon 600.
Clearly then, this will be a great performer. The big question, though is this: will we ever see it in any mobile device not developed by Nvidia itself? That’s tough to say, at the moment.