Apple has made an art form of selling their iDevices based on the user experience premise, rather than the numbers on the spec sheet – well, more often than not, anyway. When Cupertino does have the upper hand, it’s not shy to make often outrageous claims. This is what happened at the iPad launch event, when Apple’s Phil Chiller told spectators that the new iPad’s A5X SoC offers four times the graphics power of Nvidia Tegra 3. As the comment was met with a passive-aggressive retort from Nvidia, the whole tech world awaited impatiently to see how the two tablets perform in benchmarks.
Within days of the slate’s availability, Laptop Mag pitted the new iPad against the Asus Transformer Prime. The latter, of course, was the first tablet to be fitted with the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3. Here are the results of that benchmark tests you’ve been waiting to see.
In the GLBenchmark 2.1 fill test, the new iPad beats the Transformer Prime, performing more than four times faster than the Prime at rendering texture pixels. In layman’s term, the new iPad does have better 3D graphics performance. It seems that we can’t quite debunk Apple’s claim yet, at least not until more GPU benchmarks appear. If there’s any consolation, the Nvidia Tegra 3 did beat the new iPad’s A5X SoC on benchmarks that rely on CPU speed.
Given that the new iPad’s main selling point is its new Retina display, it seems only logical for Apple to be focusing more on the GPU speed of the tablet. But we have to tell you, it does not bode well for Nvidia. As we reported last week, Nvidia was even beaten by Huawei, the new kid on the SoC block. Better step up your game now, Nvidia.