NVIDIA SHIELD OTA Update & Performance Review

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android Performance

  NVIDIA SHIELD NVIDIA SHIELD Verizon Ellipsis 7 Google Nexus 7 Haier Digital2 D2-961G
Android Version 4.4.2 4.3 4.2.2 4.4.2 4.2.2
Antutu 38280 39069 13291 21034 10176
Quadrant 2.1.1  18289 18431 4822 5551 7778
SunSpider 1.0.2 519.7ms 518.2ms 1446.3ms 1004.5ms 2434.1ms
BrowserMark 2.0 2862 3229 1313 3013 1992
3DMark IceStorm Maxed out Maxed out 3184 Maxed out 2276
3DMark IceStorm Extreme  Maxed out Maxed out N/A 7730 1165
3DMark IceStorm Unlimited 16347 16407   10845  
Vellamo Metal  1222 1231 446 765 274
CF-Bench 76274 40549 12921 15009 11096
GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex Onscreen 1973(35.2FPS) 1964(35.1FPS) 265(4.7FPS) 844(15.1FPS) 479(8.6FPS)
GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex Offscreen  1272(22.7FPS) 1270(22.7FPS) 153(2.7FPS) 916(16.4FPS) 501(4.1FPS)
BaseMark X  20945 20806 963 13059 2566
Higher Scores are better in all but SunSpider, Lower is better there

It wasn’t exactly a surprise that the NVIDIA SHIELD pretty well tore apart the competition. After all the SHIELD is designed to be a mobile gaming system with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 core processor and the tablets are mobile devices that you can game on. The closest competition for the SHIELD was the Google Nexus 7 and even that didn’t hold a candle to the SHIELD in any of the tests. I was able to get the latest over the air update on the shield a couple days early so we tested the SHIELD with Android 4.3 and the latest version of Android Kit Kat 4.4.2. Many of the benchmarks between the two versions of Android were pretty close, however there was a certain consistency between the scores. On six of the ten benchmarks used, the SHIELD running KitKat saw a slight drop in performance. For the most part it was a difference in the realm of 1%-2%, though BrowserMark 2.0 saw a drop of ~11% while our other browser benchmark SunSpider 1.0.2 was a negligible (less than .1%) difference between the two. 3DMark IceStorm was virtually a wash between the two versions of Android as well, the SHIELD running 4.4.2 was 60 3DMarks or .37% behind the Shield running Jelly Bean (4.3). CF-Bench saw a huge increase in score over Jelly Bean. The SHIELD running Jelly Bean scored 40,549 and the updated SHIELD running 4.4.2 increased to 75987! That’s an increase of 87.4% between the two Android versions!

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