18 Nov The Nvidia Shield Gaming Tablet Benchmarks Remarkably Well At $199

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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.