Raspberry Pi’s executive director, Eben Upton, said in a recent interview that the BCM2835 GPU powering the Raspberry Pi will not only beat the ’s graphics performance, but devices using NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor as well.
Upton has strong words proclaiming the BCM2835′s performance:
“What’s really striking is how badly Tegra 2 performs relative even to simple APs using licensed Imagination Technologies (TI and Apple) or ARM Mali (Samsung) graphics” Upton says. “To summarise, BCM2835 has a tile mode architecture – so it kills immediate-mode devices like Tegra on fill-rate – and we’ve chosen to configure it with a very large amount of shader performance, so it does very well on compute-intensive benchmarks, and should double4S performance across a range of content.”
This goes beyond this blogger’s technical knowledge regarding graphics processors, so I’ll take Upton’s word for it.
But we’ve already seen the Raspberry Pi do impressive things like seamlessly stream video from an iPad over AirPlay, or run XBMC and play 1080p HD video without a hitch. So while Upton’s words are strong, Raspberry Pi’s actions are stronger.
Unfortunately, this little wonder won’t be able to run Windows 8 whenever the build for ARM comes out because the minimum chip requirement is for an ARM 7 Cortex processor, while the Raspberry Pi is running a 700 MHz ARM 11 chip. But this isn’t to say that a newer version of the diminutive computer won’t be created for this task. Upton has said that many users have been asking for a version to run Windows software.