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New iPad A5X vs NVIDIA Tegra 3 Chip Comparison

by on March 19th, 2012

A new comparison by Laptop Mag regarding the new A5X chip in the iPad shows some interesting results given Apple’s position during the new iPad media event which stated the A5x had “4x the performance of the Nvidia Tegra 3.”

The test was run using the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime which used the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor against the new iPad and used GLBenchmark 2.1, Geekbench, browser benchmarks Peacekeeper and Sunspider as well as a subjective viewing of Riptide GP and Shadowgun for an eyes on comparison.

The new iPad outperformed the Transformer in all of the GLBenchmark 2.1,but the Transformer handily bested the iPad when using Geekbench (which measures the raw processing power). This makes sense as the iPad is still a dual core compared to the quad core powering the Transformer.

As for the browser benchmarks, when using Peacekeeper the results were almost identical however the iPad was able to render javascript better when using the Sunspider test. When comparing the games it was difficult for the reviewers to judge as the iPad’s screen resolution (2048 x 1536) was higher compared to the Transformer Prime (1200 x 800) but is comes down to what you’d expect with images being sharper on the iPad and more detail and visual effects, such as waving flags and water droplets, on the Transformer Prime.

Does the A5X’s better benchmark tests float your boat or are you more impressed with the Tegra 3′s better graphics and visual effects? We still think it’s too early to tell as we need to wait for developers to update their games for the A5x and the Retina Display.

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  • Mark Charko

    Are these comparisons all that valid? How about using a game on both devices where it was actually updated to utilize the increased resolution of the retina display?