CES 2015 may not be officially underway quite yet, but NVIDIA doesn’t care, because it’s kicking things off early with a shiny new superchip.
The Tegra X1 is NVIDIA’s newer mobile chip, sporting a 64-bit CPU with eight cores as well as a 256-core Maxwell GPU. NVIDIA says that the X1 offers more than a teraflop of processing power and that it’s twice as powerful as its Tegra K1 predecessor. The Tegra X1 can also do 4K video at 60 frames per second.
In addition to beating the Tegra K1 in terms of raw performance, the Tegra X1 also bests it in energy efficiency. NVIDIA says that according to the GFXBench 3.0 benchmark test, its Tegra X1 is twice as energy efficient as the K1.
So that’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that there’s no word yet on when we’ll see the Tegra X1 begin to pop up in mobile hardware. However, NVIDIA also announced the NVIDIA DRIVE PX, a dual Tegra X1 setup for vehicles that offers 2.3 teraflops of processing power, so that may give us a chance to play with the X1 sooner.