Is It True That the A5X Processor is Four Times Faster Than Nvidia Tegra 3?
When the new iPad was unveiled earlier this month, Apple’s CEO claimed that the A5X processor is four times faster than the Nvidia Tegra 3. Now that Apple’s latest tablet has hit the street, it is a good time to make a direct comparison with the Asus Transformer Prime, the first mobile device with the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.
The GLbenchmark 2.1 app is available for both Android and iOS. When the 3D animation of ancient Egypt was rendered on both tablets, the Transformer Prime scores 53 fps, while the new iPad is slightly faster at 60 fps.
When the Geekbench was used, the Asus Transformer Prime simply blew its competitor away in integer, floating and memory subtests.
Since these tablets use different browsers, it is nearly impossible to isolate processor’s role in website rendering. However when opening an identical webpage, the Safari browser is noticeably faster than the stock browser of Ice Cream Sandwich.
Gaming performance is a subjective matter, because there is no FRAPS-like tool for both iOS and Android. However, due to the high resolution display, game graphics look significantly more colorful and sharper on the iPad; also edges on the objects look crisper and colors pop a lot more than on Asus’ tablet.
However, it appears that Nvidia added extra graphic effect on its GPU, water splashes look real and there are more water reflections, while the iPad only shows simple graphical elements. The Nvidia Tegra 3 can also show wind-related effects such as, billowing flags.
Overall, the new iPad could be slightly faster than tablets using Nvidia Tegra 3, but it appears that Apple’s claim on the performance level of A5X processor is somewhat inaccurate. In addition, as a major manufacturer of graphic solutions, Nvidia has the advantage of incorporating nice visual effects.
It is necessary to note that the next model in the Asus Transformer series (Transformer Prime TF701) will have 1920×1200 pixels resolution, which will bring the image crispness very close to the new iPad’s.