For those of you following me, you know that I recently purchased a Nvidia Shield Tablet. This “ultimate” gaming device is powered by Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 processor and is looking to shake up the mobile industry. Now while I’m still working on the review for the Nvidia Shield Tablet, I thought I’d share with you my experience with the K1 so far.
Let me give you a bit of history on my dealings with Tegra chips. My first tablet was am Asus Transformer Prime. The Prime featured the all new Tegra 3 processor. A 1.3Ghz quad-core processor that promised unsurpassed performance in both gaming and regular use, but delivered neither. After dealing with multiple hardware defects, I was able to trade it in for a direct swap to for the Transformer Pad Infinity. This tablet was promised to make up for the shortcomings of the Transformer Prime. In most cases it did. It had better Wifi performance, GPS and Bluetooth worked and it had a better display. It was using the updated Tegra 3, clocked at 1.6 Ghz. Where it was lacking again was overall performance. In fact, the higher resolution display caused a dip in performance and the gaming experience suffered. The Transformer platform wasn’t the only tablet using the Tegra chips. The 2012 Nexus 7 was plagued with performance issues.
It was because of this that I swore off using a Tegra powered tablet ever again, until now.
While using the Shield tablet, I have been blown away by its performance. It’s screen transitions and overall snappiness is unrivaled. On the left you see its Antutu benchmark score and they are no joke. I normally dismiss benchmarks as being meaningless, real feel experience will always trump a number in a test, but I wanted to show all of you that do put a lot of stock into benchmanrks just where the K1 stands. The gaming performace on mobile games is nothing short of amazing. While I would never call a device “lag free” (there will always be a hiccup here or there regardless of platform), this is as close to “lag free” as I have seen on any tablet. My only gripe with the K1 is that it can get really hot with intense gaming, but that’s what controllers are for.
Nexus fans should rejoice as it is rumored that the next tablet will be powered by the same chip. That, along with Android L running ART, and you have the making of one of the best performing tablets yet.
Stay tuned for part one of my Shield Tablet review coming in the next few days.