NVIDIA Reveals Tegra X1, Fastest Mobile GPU, Runs Epic’s Elemental Tech Demo In Real-Time

During this year’s CES, NVIDIA revealed Tegra X1. Tegra X1 is based on the Maxwell architecture, supports OpenGL ES 3.1, Open GL4.5, DirectX 12 and AEP, and comes with 256 stream processors. And in order to demonstrate the chip’s power, NVIDIA showcased Epic’s Elemental Tech Demo running in real-time on that new mobile GPU.

Naturally, the Elemental Tech Demo has been ‘downgraded’ in some areas, especially when it comes to its on screen particles effects. Still, it’s amazing witnessing a mobile GPU offering console-like visuals.

Linley Gwennap, founder and principal analyst of the Linley Group, said:

“Tegra K1 set a new bar for GPU compute performance, and now just a year later Tegra X1 delivers twice that. This impressive technical achievement benefits both 3D graphics, particularly on devices with high-resolution screens, as well as GPGPU software that is becoming more prevalent, particularly in automotive applications.”

NVIDIA’s Tegra X1 integrates four high-performance ARM Cortex-A57 cores with 512KB L2 cache, 48KB L1 instruction cache and 32KB L1 data cache per core as well as four low-power ARM Cortex-A53 cores with 128KB L2 cache, 32KB L1 instruction cache and 32KB L1 data cache per core.

NVIDIA’s Tegra X1’s technical specifications include:

  • 256-core Maxwell GPU
  • 8 CPU cores (4x ARM Cortex A57 + 4x ARM Cortex A53)
  • 60 fps 4K video (H.265, H.264, VP9)
  • 1.3 gigapixel of camera throughput
  • 20nm process

Enjoy (the Elemental Tech Demo starts at 6:40)!

NVIDIA CES 2015 press conference: Tegra X1 (part 1)