Performance Benchmarks

Though I already talked about the performance of the Tegra K1 SoC in our Xiaomi Mi Pad tablet review last week, it is worth revisiting a handful of CPU and GPU tests with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet directly. First up, let's look at the CPU performance. With a quad-core Cortex-A15 design that runs at 2.2 GHz (maximum) we should see at least modest improvements over the 1.9 GHz Tegra 4 implementation.

In the Mozilla Kraken, Google Octane and the MobileXPRT tests, the Tegra K1 comes in with the top score, beating out the other Android devices as well as the A7 SoC in the Apple iPad Air. In the SunSpider JavaScript test, the SHIELD Tablet places second behind only the iPad Air.

Clearly the GPU performance is what stands out with the Tegra K1, nothing else on the market today is really able to get even close. In 3DMark the SHIELD Tablet is 91% faster than the iPad Air and 122% faster than the Tegra 4, NVIDIA previous generation SoC. Those results are repeated (or extended) in BasemarkX and GFXBench, clearly making the Tegra K1 and the SHIELD Tablet the device with the most potential for mobile gaming.

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