Microsoft Surface for Windows RT features a NVIDIA Tegra processor

Good news! The Windows RT version of the Microsoft Surface tablet will feature no less than the latest and greatest NVIDIA Tegra chip, according to The Verge. Nvidia sent around a short note today touting the new devices' internals, and they aren't disappointing by any measure.

All bets are on the Tegra 3+ that NVIDIA confirmed is coming to Windows 8 being what's at the Surface's heart, but we'll know soon enough.

Windows RT devices are due to be released "around the time of RTM of Windows 8" with Windows 8 Pro devices (like the Intel Surface) being released 3 months later. The question is, which one will you buy?

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Cant wait for a tablet with a real OS. I love Android, in my phone, but I want all my software and games in a tablet.

I find it hilarious that Microsoft, being a software company, designs better hardware than software.

That said, it can't compete with the new iPad's resolution.

sexypepperoni said,
I find it hilarious that Microsoft, being a software company, designs better hardware than software.

That said, it can't compete with the new iPad's resolution.


I've never seen how much video memory the iPad has but with 2048x1536 @ 24bpp it would have to have a lot to actually run at that resolution. The pixels may be closer together but that's a DPI change, not a dimension change.

sexypepperoni said,
I find it hilarious that Microsoft, being a software company, designs better hardware than software.

That said, it can't compete with the new iPad's resolution.

how do you know it cant compete with the ipads retina display?? what was on show today were protypes,, we will have to wait and see what they look like close up and personal. MS were keeping everyone at a distance to the surfaces that were running today.

GreyWolf said,

I've never seen how much video memory the iPad has but with 2048x1536 @ 24bpp it would have to have a lot to actually run at that resolution. The pixels may be closer together but that's a DPI change, not a dimension change.

I do notice it doesn't take a lot of Safari tabs to be open before the reload phenomenon occurs (switch to a tab, and you find the contents were thrown out so the webpage is forced to reload). Given the device has 1 GB of memory (and I see no evidence of dedicated VRAM), I'd wager a sizeable chunk of that is reserved for drawing operations.

Though given the iPad's resolution, a rough calculation of the resolution * 24 bpp, that means at minimum 72 MB of video memory for a given frame, and multiply that by maybe 2 or 3 if there's buffering. If that's the case, yeah that's quite a significant amount.

sexypepperoni said,
I find it hilarious that Microsoft, being a software company, designs better hardware than software.

Considering it's not been released yet, I'd love to know how you came to your seemingly well-informed conclusion.

mikeyx12 said,

Considering it's not been released yet, I'd love to know how you came to your seemingly well-informed conclusion.

Look at the pictures?

IvoFajardo said,
I'm not the only who see's a new "Store" Icon diferent from Xbox and Windows Phone Marketplace?

I noticed that too.