“Last year, NVIDIA opened CES with its pre-show keynote and the Tegra K1; for CES 2015, it’s the turn of the Tegra X1. NVIDIA’s latest mobile super-chip takes the Maxwell GPU as one half of its beating heart, paired with an 8-core, 64-bit ARM processor,” Chris Davies reports for SlashGear. “It’s arriving in devices like smartphones, tablets, and car dashboards this year, but we grabbed some early hands-on time to get a taste of what NVIDIA believes will thoroughly squash Apple’s A8x.”
“The full potency of the Tegra X1 will have to wait to reveal itself in practice until it’s actually in some production hardware. However, NVIDIA invited us along to sample some benchmarks and see the raw performance ahead of its press conference today,” Davies reports. “Going by early impressions the Tegra X1 doesn’t just show up the A8x but NVIDIA’s own K1 too. Depending on the task, graphics performance is effectively doubled over the K1.”
“For about the same power consumption, the Tegra X1 will offer roughly double the performance of the K1,” Davies reports. “Throttled back to match the graphics performance of Apple’s A8x in the iPad Air 2, meanwhile, the X1 supposedly delivers 1.7x the power efficiency.”
“Of course, raw potency is only part of the equation: it’s up to device manufacturers and software developers to actually use it,” Davies reports. “There, Apple does have something of an advantage in that it holds the keys to the kingdom for both hardware and software.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in October:
Apple, the only smartphone maker who’s not saddled with off-the-shelf processors and an off-the-shelf operating system, tailors the hardware to the software and vice versa. The wannabes simply have no hope to match Apple’s iPhone with their mismatched, off-the-rack commodity hardware and lowest common denominator software.
The gulf between Apple’s revolutionary iPhone and the consumer-grade knockoffs only grows wider with each successive iPhone generation.
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