Nvidia takes exception to Apple’s iPad CPU and GPU claims

March 8, 2012

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By now you've probably heard about "the new iPad", even if you've been studiously avoiding it - more testament to the awesome power of the Apple media machine. One of the more surprising claims to come out of San Francisco was that the iPad's A6 A5X processor and new GPU could perform four times as well as Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core processor, illustrated with a highly technical (and typically Apple) glowing blue line. An Nvidia spokesman took exception to this, pointing out that Apple's claims are far from scientific.

Ken Brown noted that Apple provided its graphics performance claims with essentially zero context. "We don’t have the benchmark information," said Brown. "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." Nvidia will be doing its own testing when the iPad is released, at which point it will have some hard data - whether or not they choose to publicize it will probably depend upon the results.

Even a casual observation of Apple's presentation can reveal a few holes. One, they're claiming "graphics performance", not overall performance, where the quad-core Tegra 3 may have a distinct advantage. While it's true that the iPhone 4S (which shares almost all of its internal hardware with the new iPad) is generally better than high-end Android phones and tablets for graphics, Tegra 3 is the exception - and Nvidia doesn't intend to take the latest slight sitting down.

[via ZDNet]

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  • TK

    Oh Apple…….  

    …… When will your users learn??………

    • Spamlover69

      If they learned they would no longer be Apple users

      • alex2792

        They still wouldn’t be Android users seeing how it’s a steaming pile of dung. Get back to me when you can scroll between homescreens without bring a dual core CPU to its knees. But I guess I’d be bitter too if I had to wait a year for an OS update.

  • Colin

    Best part about this article? “iPad’s A6 A5X processor.” I lol’d.

  • Even if it was 4X slower iSheeps will buy lol…Way too many dumb f*cks in this world, this is too easy for Apple.

  • Demonminions

    All negative comments, Apple does not deserve all of it’s success.

  • EP

    I doubt they could produce a GPU faster than that of one of the main GPU producers in the world…

    • alex2792

      Well apparently they did since A5 spanks Tegra 3 in every graphics benchmark.


    A casual observer to your posts will notice plenty of fallacies, but that doesn’t stop you from repeatedly posting moronic things.

  • firethorn

    I almost spit my cereal onto my keyboard when I first read this.
    Apple is certainly no stranger to blatant lies and fake marketing schemes. In fact, Jobs was the undisputed master in that field. I had hoped, now they get a bit more mellow with their bullshitting, FUD and general lies about their competition… but well, that hope was sorely misplaced it seems.

  • godrilla

    Based on anandtech the a5 beats tegra 3 sometimes by double in graphics, so im assuming they might notbe far off on their claims


  • hahaa 

  • Sperrybird

    If this turned out to be a blatant lie, i hope nvidia  sue the crap out of them. I mean, advertising to the world how better their processor is compared to nvidia’s quadcore and yet can’t back up or publish any test data. That should be grounds for a lawsuit. 

  • alex2792

    The writer of this article needs some psychological help, you have been completely brainwashed by Google’s “free, open har har” BS. Benchmarks show that A5 doubles Tegra 3 performance in certain graphical benches, and even when it doesn’t it still outperforms it by a pretty good margin. Once the new iPad is benchmarked and we find out that it does indeed offer 4X performance over Tegra 3 I’m sure that we won’t be hearing a peep from any fandroid websites.

  • ultimatedroidfanz

    I’m a self professed apple hater. Android is the best and stfu to the rest

  • ovistagggg

    The author of this article needs some psychological help, which has completelybrainwashed “free, open, Har Har” Google OS. The benchmarks show that the range A5Tegra doubled the performance of three banks of some graphics, and even if it does, it is still more than a very good one. Once the new iPad will be taken as a reference and we realize that actually provide a return on Tegra 3 4x I’m not sure to hear a sound from any website ….  macbook pro apple