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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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Moore's Law sez this surprises exactly zero people. But it's pretty cool that we are finally here.

Also, that article supposes linearity of increase, but that several-fold improvement differential is not going to keep up. Tegra 6 will be nowhere near as powerful as a PS4, unless it comes out several years in the future and Nvidia releases nothing between now and then.
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Moore's Law sez this surprises exactly zero people. But it's pretty cool that we are finally here.

Also, that article supposes linearity of increase, but that several-fold improvement differential is not going to keep up. Tegra 6 will be nowhere near as powerful as a PS4, unless it comes out several years in the future and Nvidia releases nothing between now and then.

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PS3 will be what? 12 years old...
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I just love it how they act like the GFLOPS is the definite measure of performance. A GTX 580 with a peak of 1581 GFLOPS is still faster then a radeon 5870 that tops out at 2720 GFLOPS.




There are many other factors that effect end performance starting with scheduling efficiency and none shader related things like memory bandwidth.

As for Tegra 5 being better then a PS3? Yes I can believe that. The PS3 will by that time be what, 8 years old? Its more interesting to see how fast mobile parts will overtake the next gen consoles now that the ball is rolling.
    
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Well, they are going to need DDR4 to make this work. Flops are not the only indicator

Consider a mobile chip uses two 32-bit lanes, and the 360 Xenos has eight of them

PS3 never had much bandwidth to begin, but the 360 has more
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I just love it how they act like the GFLOPS is the definite measure of performance. A GTX 580 with a peak of 1581 GFLOPS is still faster then a radeon 5870 that tops out at 2720 GFLOPS.

There are many other factors that effect end performance starting with scheduling efficiency and none shader related things like memory bandwidth.

As for Tegra 5 being better then a PS3? Yes I can believe that. The PS3 will by that time be what, 8 years old? Its more interesting to see how fast mobile parts will overtake the next gen consoles now that the ball is rolling.

Exactly. I was wondering the same thing, GFLOPS is not the only factor that defines a GPU's true potential.
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