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Breakdown of the Apple A5X vs NVIDIA Tegra 3 benchmarks

0. phoneArena 19 Mar 2012, 16:56 posted on

Apple made some bold claims about the processing chops of its newest processor, the A5X, which can be found in the new iPad. Apple specifically targeted NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor in the claims. Not surprisingly, NVIDIA...

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posted on 19 Mar 2012, 17:01 7

1. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

the tegra 3 comes with 12-core GPU i think??
or m i mistaken?

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 17:18 5

2. skaar18 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

yeah 12 core

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 17:33 4

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Thanks for the catch!

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 20:26 8

12. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

Funny how apple is making such a big fuss over quad core GPU, Huawei's quad core processor also has either 16 or 18 coores

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 03:55

33. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Those cores are different. ULP Geforce cores are like the CUDA cores on the PC GPU series. SGX MP-core is like a 590, but with no loss in power, four SGX543 GPUs on one die. PSVita has this GPU clocked higher and rendering Uncharted graphics at a lower resolution.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 17:26 2

3. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Reading the Laptop Mag version ... A5X did better in the SunSpider/Java test (lower is better).

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 17:33

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Fixed, sorry about that.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 17:29 5

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

NOW does everyone get it?

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 02:42 4

29. cheetah2k (Posts: 1671; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


So... the A5X is a budget-centric low power dual core CPU with 4 core GPU which would suck on an Android tablet


...the Tegra 3 is a high end behemoth quad core CPU with 12 core GPU that would suck too much power on an iPad

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 03:56

34. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

You got it all wrong. A5X is much more power hungry.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 11:03

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

...smh. i should've known that's all you would've gotten out of this article. if there was a Tegra III in the new iPad it wouldn't handle it's Retina Display well at all and would probably lag up the Tablet. like PA said each SoC is specifically designed for each Tablet and OS but if you ask me which SoC i think is more impressive i'd say the A5X.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 13:50 2

47. remixfa (Posts: 14464; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

i dont know why you think the T3 would lag up the tablet. The T3 has more raw horsepower, the A5X has more GPU power... which like you said, is a design need. Android requires more horsepower to run. If it can run android smoothly, it can most definitely run iOS smoothly.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 16:26

51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i'm saying there's a chance that it would lag it up because the GPU isn't anywhere near as powerful as the PowerVR in the A5X. there's a good chance pushing the kind of pixels that the iPad version of the Retina Display has will make the Tegra III struggle. why do you think Apple would make such a signifigant boost in GPU power being as conservative as they are? my statement was purely about the GPU, i'm well aware that the Tegra III's CPU manhandles the CPU in the A5X.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 17:26

53. remixfa (Posts: 14464; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

a few chip cycles ago maybe.. but now adays all the top end chips are more than powerful enough to run that resolution on iOS. the t3 beat the s4 while it was pushing 75% more pixels in the OneS vs oneX head to head.
iOS is just a bunch of icons. were it running Android 2.1 (and its lack of CPU optimization) instead at that resolution it would probably a different story.

that jump in GPU is purely for gaming and to help justify the new ipad's existence.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 18:27

55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

yeah, iOS changes things for sure but i was just using that simple little fact as an example of why these chips are best for their respective devices.

sure we're talking about immensly powerful GPUs here but we're also talking about an immensely high resolution too. for an Android Tablet with that Resolution i don't think a Tegra III would cut it. at least not with a Live Wallpaper or anything of the sort.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 17:53 8

7. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

Great article as always Michael. I love it when I here an Apple salesman answer is it faster with yes it has quad core graphics. Its like a politician answering about the economy.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 18:16 12

8. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Again, I get that it's cool to hate Apple, but my God, give credit where credit is due...or just ignore the article/story all together. It's like, "Hey, I've made it so that a person with HIV can't spread the disease at all..." and folks reply, "But you didn't CURE it." It gets so old. The new iPad is a pretty solid product and does far more than what average (not nerds) folks want it for. iPods and iPads are some folks' first steps into technology because they are afraid of technology. We forget that sometimes, but Apple hasn't. That's why they've been able to capture the consumer market. If that pisses you off, ignore it. Or be a grown up and accept it and know that Samsung or Motorola is are going to try to top it and give you a better Android device.

I'm an Apple guy and I LOVE when Samsung tops Apple's last release because Apple has to come back with something better. We all win.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 23:20 1

16. frydaexiii (Posts: 1464; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

I have no problem with iDevices being products for idiots...But I do have a problem with Apple trying to get rid of all the others that, we,who don't want to use their idiot products, use.

In the past, where they just stfu and sit in a corner selling their s**tty Macs, the only people who hated them where those who used Macs and iPods and had a problem with them. Now, everyone and anyone who loves technology will understand the impact of what Apple is doing to the mobile industry with their sueing and their brainwashing. Did you know because of Apple, Samsung had to push an update just to replace that overbounce effect with that ugly blue glow on the SGS2, which imo ruins the user experience quite a bit?

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 01:15 4

20. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Only idiot is you for calling people idiots because they have a preference different than you

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 01:28

21. frydaexiii (Posts: 1464; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Yes, because liking a mobile OS that a 3 year old can master and a PC OS which does practically nothing is totally a preference, not the lack of mental capacity...

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 01:31

22. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Hello ics have that blue tint too and it's all about personal
Preference ! If you like iPad more get iPad if you like prime more get prime nobody will blame you for your choice except some Fandroids that claims that people that buy apple is stupid

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 01:52 2

25. frydaexiii (Posts: 1464; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

What does blue tint have to do with anything? I'm talking about the overscroll effect, not the color scheme of the OS. And please, even before iOS devices came along it's been established that Apple computers are for idiots who can't handle real PCs because they're so afraid of "viruses and headaches" because they download and click every ad in sight.

iOS is no different, they lock the user up in this little sandbox and so little functions and claim it's stable, safer and easy to use. Well duh, If I'm comparing a rock to a car of cause the rock is more stable and safer than the car. But if you learn to drive a car and bother to take precaution, you're pretty much as safe as the idiot sitting on a rock to be safe and stable. So no, I don't believe it's a personal preference, more like if your brain can handle it or not...

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 03:10

31. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Ok man we get it. You're practically a genius because you like to put widgets and live wallpaper on your phone.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 03:21

32. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

17. frydaexiii posted on 17 hours ago 5 1
Yeah, nice try Tim Cook...

Hmm looks like someone is a troll. You've been proven an idiot earlier today and here you are trolling on acting like it never happened. Looks like you were wrong and Apple broke sales records.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 04:20 1

36. rudlie (Posts: 205; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

look who is the idiot one. samsung is the greatest apple fanboy. they were not only copied apple product design and os navigation. they also copied apple's marketing : strategy, advertisement style and apple store. the only one samsung can not do is they don't have a figure. samsung wanna be an apple. so, the truly idiot is u.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 07:18

38. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

But the galaxy s2 and the iPhone look very different . And all the samsung bloat that comes with the phone sucks ! Unlike iPhone that is bloat free . Oh do you notice ? Most Fandroids love Samsung only

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 07:15

37. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

There is something called jailbreak . A lot of my Fandroid friends (yes , taste is different but still friends in real life ) say iOS is like a prison , can't do anything except you jailbreak . Well in android give you more freedom . Then I asked where ? He say if you root and blah blah blah but isn't jailbreak and rooting the samething ? Btw I tried root my father's galaxy s1 with superoneclick it just keep saying rooting failed I swear jail breaking is more simple . Oh and my dad love android phone a lot too , just that he still like his iPad so he isn't a Fandroid . Unfortunately android is just wasn't my cup of tea , I don't hate it unlike some Fandroids that love iOS a lot

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 11:07

45. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

you probably didn't much care enough for the rooting process to work so it didn't. rooting is simple when you figure out what you're doing and the difference between rooting and jailbreaking is you don't completely relinquish your support from Google or the Manufacturer by rooting unlike what happens when you jailbreak. you're trash in Apple's eyes when you jailbreak.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 13:52

48. remixfa (Posts: 14464; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

there is no such thing as bloat free. that lovely tracking software that apple includes is bloat. any unwanted stock apps are bloat. dont kid your self.

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 16:25

50. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

Finaly! an apple fan who is not an idiot...

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