Well, Apple certainly pissed off our friends at NVIDIA yesterday when they claimed the quad-core graphics in the A5X processor found in the new iPad offers 4 times the graphical prowess of the 12-core GPU in NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 platform. Since Apple failed to produce any benchmarking data on which they’re basing their claims, NVIDIA is taking matters into their own hands by purchasing an iPad when it goes on sale next Friday to put the two GPUs to the test.
Personally, I have a hard time believing that a 12-core GPU from the industry-leaders in graphics could be bested by a quad-core GPU. Perhaps Apple was simply sitting there running various benchmarks until they were able to find one or two that supported these lofty performance claims. Alas, we’ll have to wait and see what nVidia fires back at Apple, hopefully later this month.
We’ll be prodding our contacts at NVIDIA to share their information as soon as they have it finalized. Meanwhile, we’ll keep enjoying our Tegra 3 games, which match and sometimes surpass the quality of those found in current consoles.