A5 Vs. A5X Vs. Tegra 3
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Phil Schiller made sure to mention the A5X processor found in the new iPad performed 4x better than NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip. With a quad-core GPU, the new chip was also said to boast twice the graphics output compared with the iPad 2.
Although NVIDIA – along with some experts – were naturally skeptical, benchmarks taken just after the device was released to the public seemed to confirm Schiller’s claims weren’t unfounded, with the A5X outperforming a Transformer Prime running Tegra 3 in most of the key test.
IGN has provided further data, though, which actually pitches the iPad 2′s A5 chip as the a superior performer than both the A5X and Tegra 3. Of course, pound for pound, the A5X is a better chip, but finds itself sapped by powering the new iPad’s much-lauded Retina display. Indeed, the only time the A5X really gets an opportunity to shine and exercise its superiority over the iPad 2 and Tegra 3 is in "off-screen" benchmarks, whereby the chip isn’t obliged to power the Retina display.