When Apple unveiled its the third generation iPad earlier this month, the company made the bold claim that the new tablet’s new Apple A5x processor offers 4 times the graphics performance available from NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, which is one of the fastest chips available for Android phones and tablets.
NVIDIA expressed some skepticism at the claim, but only the folks at Apple know how they tested the graphics performance.
But now that the new iPad is available to the public, anyone can run their own tests. And that’s just what Australian blog Ritchie’s Room has done.
As it turns out, the iPad 3 does come out way ahead of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime in the GLBenchmark graphics test. The Prime has NVIDA’s latest chip while the new iPad has Apple’s.
And while the iPad didn’t quite offer 4 times the performance of the Transformer Prime, it kind of trounced the Asus tablet with scores ranging from 2.3 to 3.5 times as high.
But that’s just graphics performance. Tests that look at other factors aren’t as clear-cut.
Benchmarks like these aren’t always indicative or real-world performance, and there are many differences in the iOS and Android operating systems that can affect real and perceived performance. But in a few tests where both tablets are competing on the same playing field, it looks like the latest iPad is more than capable of holding its own against the competition.
Long story short, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 may have four primary CPU cores and 12 graphics cores while the Apple A5x has 2 CPU cores and 4 graphics cores, but you can’t judge a chip by its core-count.