When Nvidia talked quad-core Tegra 3 processors at Mobile World Congress, and earlier in the year when they showed off the Asus Eee Pad Tranformer Prime, they knew there would be challengers. Huawei claimed at MWC that their new K3V2 processor was 49% faster than Tegra 3. Today, as Apple was unveiling the new iPad, they claimed their A5X processor with quad-core GPU was “four times the performance of an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor”.
That claim isn’t sitting right with Nvidia’s Ken Brown. Obviously Apple didn’t send out field test units to competitors and there was no way for Nvidia to verify Apple’s claims. Brown suggests that Apple used specific apps to demonstrate the performance of the A5X vs the Nvidia Tegra 3. Perhaps Apple just said it without checking anything.
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Phonearena points out that the iPad 2 outperformed the Asus Transformer Prime with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor in benchmark tests. So Apple’s claims may be true. Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual core processor was all the rage last year around this time, however when devices started releasing with TI’s OMAP 4430 processor the Nvidia Tegra 2 started to seem sluggish.
Apple is not one to publicly engage in battle so Brown’s invitation to test the two processors publicly may never get answered. Nvidia could go stand in line next Friday when the new iPad is released and do the videos themselves.
In our consumer level tests between Tegra 2 devices, OMAP devices and even some Qualcomm SnapDragon devices, we always found that the Tegra 2 was a little latent and sluggish. It could just be us but Nvidia does a great job building up and then what…
We’ll see if a public showdown comes between the two companies.