NVIDIA Tells Apple to "Prove It" on A5X Performance Claims
March 8, 2012 10:23 AM
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Benchmarks or GTFO!
Yesterday when Apple
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.
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NVIDIA should focus on improving their mobile SoCs
3/8/2012 7:13:16 PM
The Tegra 3 was barely competitive with the A5 that was nearly a year old by the time it came out, and it had half the GPU performance. Anandtech and other sites proved this over and over.
Burden of proof is in NVIDIA's court. PowerVR GPUs have been trouncing NVIDIA's mobile GPUs for a while now and the Tegra 4 needs a multi-generational leap if it wants to remain competitive in graphics performance. They shouldn't act so shocked. Anandtech's inevitable iPad review should put this all to rest.
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