CPU Wars: NVIDIA questions Apple’s claim on the A5X vs the Tegra 3

Whenever Apple announces a new product, immediately the infographic comparisons and/or questions about what Apple said come out. Yesterday, Apple announced the new iPad 3, and we already showed you comparisons against the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, but now NVIDIA is questioning Apple’s claim that their A5X processor is 4 times faster than the NVIDIA Tegra 3 in terms of graphics performance.

Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA thought it was “certainly flattering” that Apple called them out, but the lack of any data to backup their claim is “sketchy.” He went on to say, “We don’t have the benchmark information. We have to understand what the application was that was used. Was it one or a variety of applications? What drivers were used? There are so many issues to get into with benchmark.”

Since it’s highly unlikely Apple will provide any benchmarks, you can expect NVIDIA to prove or disprove Apple’s claims by purchasing the new iPad and conducting their own tests.

So what do you guys think? Is Apple right or are they playing their usual games?

source: zdnet


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • http://about.me/joelinux Joey “JoeLinux” Espinosa

    I think there’s no way to know without Apple providing some references (as we’re all REQUIRED to do in school when we present something like this). This is nothing more than blind marketing, much like politics, and most people will eat it up. I’ll wait for nVidia to post a real paper with stats, references, and metrics used. Then I’ll believe it.

  • Greg Wirtz

    I find it even odder that they’re saying the standard A5 is 2x as fast as the Tegra 3…

    such round numbers…

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Wirtz, 2x and 4x.  Such round numbers, it looks like some intern put together a crappy fake excel graph for this.  The tegra 3 has 12 GPU cores, how many does the a5x have?