NVIDIA Tegra K1 Compared To AMD AM1 APUs

Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 5 May 2014. Page 4 of 4. 68 Comments

The Jetson TK1 was doing poorly with the C-Ray multi-threaded ray-tracer relative to the quad-core APUs.

The Jetson TK1 ARMv7 development board with four Cortex-A15 cores managed to beat out all of the AMD Semprons and Athlons for FLAC audio encoding speed.

The Tegra K1 also performed well with MP3 encoding speeds and matched the Athlon 5350.

Well, for those that were anxious to see how Tegra's K1 performance does compared to the AM1 APUs, it does reasonably well in most workloads for processor-bound tasks. In many cases the Tegra K1 on the Jetson TK1 was competing with the AMD Athlon 5350 but in other cases the ARM SoC was struggling. When it came to HTPC-related tasks like audio/video encoding, the Tegra K1 did quite well, which paired with the TK1's Kepler graphics and NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver might make for some very decent HTPC systems. There's also some other interesting use-cases for the Tegra K1 and based upon these numbers would also make a hell of a tablet or other mobile devices with its speedy performance.

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