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NVIDIA Tegra 5 More Powerful than Sony PS3

Many people will tell you that the traditional video game console is on its last legs, because everyone is just playing games on smartphones and tablets now. The horsepower is there, but purists will still tell you that an Xbox 360 or a PS3 still offers a superior gaming experience over an iPhone or Android device. But what about the NVIDIA Tegra 5 chip? How powerful is that thing?

According to NVIDIA, the upcoming Tegra 5 will be able to “outperform” the likes of the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. This comes by way of senior vice president of content and technology Tony Tamsai. The gaming performance is certainly improving, as evidenced by Tegra 4 and Project SHIELD. But can we put this in more quantitative terms?

Well, if you take the current PlayStation 3, you’ll find that it is rated at 200 GFLOPS. By comparison, the Tegra 3 is just 12 GFLOPS. However, the Tegra 4 is said to bring a seven-fold increase to that, increasing performance to about 80 FLOPS. With the Tegra 5 improving on that even further, it’s not that far-fetched to see it break the 200 GFLOPS threshold.

That being said, by the time it’s ready, the PS4 will likely already be out and that’s being rated at 1800 GFLOPS, still putting the mobile chip behind. If we assume the evolution keeps up its current pace, though, a Tegra 6 could be comparable to what we see in the PS4, possibly some time in 2016 or so.




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  1. Sorry but that’s not true. Tegra 5 can’t compare with the PS3!… It’s not powerful enough. It’s not even powerful enough to beat the Xbox 360. But Tegra 6! Yeah, if they make it in 14-16 nm with finfet, a 64 bit cpu like Denver or arm cortex a 57 and maxwell gpu with shared memory like hUMA THEN it will be more powerful then PS3…
    And to beat a PS4 we would at least need a Tegra 9! and that if the power level keeps up to rise at this pace… I really would like to see a Tegra 6 console… that would be really great… but its like 3 years from now..

  2. You mean technology has actually improved in the past decade? Amazing!

  3. Nvidia is just hurt over losing the contract to AMD to provide chips for the PS4. In other words, they are completely full of it, especially since they aren’t taking the PS3’s cell processor into account which contributes a great deal to game design.

    • While it was very powerfull (at the time), it was really hard to code for it. Developers should be really happy that the PS4 will be based off of a PC CPU and GPU.

    • nvidia leave the contract to amd and they say because we have other project.

  4. they haven’t even released the tegra 4 yet how are you getting this information, yes they would have started designing it now but come on they aren’t going to be able to give you that much information

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