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Benchmarks or GTFO!

Yesterday when Apple unveiled the new iPad, the crew from Cupertino took some time to brag about its new A5X processor in comparison to NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. Apple certainly isn't widely known for offering up benchmarks on its own, so we'll likely have to wait until iPads land in the hands of reviewers and geeks around the web.
Apple used the iPad unveiling to boast that the A5X chip inside the new iPad is two times faster than A5, and four times more powerful in graphics performance than the Tegra 3.
NVIDIA isn't buying those claims without proof. The graphics company wants to know how Apple came by that number. Ken Brown, a spokesman for NVIDIA, stated, "[It was] certainly flattering " for Apple to compare its newest chip to their part.
Brown continued, “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.”
Anyone that follows tech knows benchmarks are often handpicked to favor one particular brand over another when it comes to claims such as these. So it should be interesting to see if the new iPad’s performance lives up to the claims.

Source: ZDNet

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RE: Proof
By nafhan on 3/8/2012 3:57:00 PM , Rating: 2
any CPU operations will be in favor of the Tegra 3
Eh... maybe. I think the A5 has better memory throughput than Tegra, and I haven't seen confirmation on the CPU clocks. We can be fairly certain that Tegra 3 will run computationally intensive heavily threaded code better than the A5X. Beyond that, we'll find out for sure in about a week!

As an aside, I think that fast dual core plus a fast GPU is the way to go for this generation, and it seems like SOC vendors other than nVidia agree with me.

RE: Proof
By theapparition on 3/8/2012 4:17:03 PM , Rating: 3
As an aside, I think that fast dual core plus a fast GPU is the way to go for this generation, and it seems like SOC vendors other than nVidia agree with me.

But you forgot Qualcomm's imminent release of a quadcore part. Oh and TI and Samsung have quad core products in the pipeline as well.


RE: Proof
By nafhan on 3/9/2012 10:18:37 AM , Rating: 2
You mean the APQ8064? The only dates I can find for that indicate products shipping in 1Q 2013. And of course they're all developing quadcore parts, they'd be stupid not to. I said quadcore doesn't make sense now, not that it will never happen...

Right now, the products being shipped and the products that are about to start shipping will mostly have fast dual cores and beefed up GPU's (even ones using Qualcomm SoC's), like I said. 2 X A15 at 1.5Ghz with an Adreno 320 would be in my ideal device at this point.

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