The Nvidia Shield Gaming Tablet Benchmarks Remarkably Well At $199

By Patrick Moorhead - November 18, 2015
k1-e1447862315338-1200x1600 Yesterday, I wrote about how NVIDIA Shield Tablet has been my go-to 8″ tablet the last year. What I didn’t fully appreciate, however, was just how much NVIDIA has improved the software and drivers to keep it competitive with other tablets and leading edge SoCs from Samsung and Apple prior generation iPads. Very rarely if ever have I seen a manufacturer improve software over time and I think NVIDIA deserves some kudos for that. Here is a snapshot, but if you want details, you can find them here. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 versus $269 Apple iPad mini 2:
  • 3x-2x faster  on graphics and gaming benchmarks like 3DMARK, GFXBench and Basemark graphics.
  • 170% to 82% the performance CPU benchmarks like GeekBench, Kraken, Octane, Basemark Web.
  • The mini 2 ($269) isn’t the latest iPad mini, but it is the closes in pricing to the $199 Shield Tablet K1. Mini 4 is $369.
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 versus $369 Apple iPad Air:
  • 3x-2x faster  on graphics and gaming benchmarks like 3DMARK, GFXBench and Basemark graphics.
  • 157% to 80% the performance CPU benchmarks like GeekBench, Kraken, Octane, Basemark Web.
  • The iPad Air ($369) isn’t the latest iPad, but I thought it was illustrative to compare.
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 versus $699 Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+:
  • 6X to 74% the graphics performance of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ smartphone. This is, of course a phone, but I tested this as this is the state of the art SoC from Samsung.
  • 2X to 75% the CPU performance of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ smartphone. I tested this as this is the state of the art SoC from Samsung.

This data shows a few things. First, the Tegra K1 provides great performance on graphics and games in its price class and secondly, it’s incredible how a company like NVIDIA can improve performance so much over time. I am looking forward to a CPU and GPU upgrade from NVIDIA in the future.

Above is a snapshot, but if you want details, you can find them here.

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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.