On Monday, NVIDIA introduced the Tegra 4 mobile processor which is intended for high-end smartphones and tablets. However, even NVIDIA promising performance improvement due to its Cortex-A15 CPU and the 72-core GeForce GPU, latest leaked benchmarks shows opposite. Apparently Tegra 4 is even slower than the Nexus 10 and iPad 4.
This comes as a little bit surprise and looks like it could not be true. On the other side, Qualcomm's CEO Paul Jacobs also stated that he is not impressed by Nvidia's new Tegra 4 SoC and that even the slower Snapdragon 600 series parts should provide "much higher performance than Tegra 4." He also added that the 800 will be the only product in its class for some time.
That statement could confirm first allegedly benchmarks of Tegra 4. The results were entered by a user called "Buildbrain" which is the name of automated test system for NVIDIA developers. The Tegra 4 is tested in popular graphics GLBenchmark 2.5 benchmark, and it looks slower by more than 60% than iPad 4. In the benchmark Egypt HD, it achieved 32.6 fps against iPad's 52 fps while the Nexus 10 achieved 36 fps.
At CES, NVIDIA's marketing director Nick Stam mentioned that that the integrated GPU in the Apple A6X does make up a large portion of the SoC, but that NVIDIA is working very closely with software and game developers on optimizing drivers which should bring the performance crown to their side. Though NVIDIA did not make any official comments on the results. Also, this should be taken with a pinch of salt because NVIDIA did not yet complete the optimization of hardware and software.