NVidia Asks to See Apple's New iPad Benchmarks

Graphics chip vendor nVidia has asked Apple to provide information about how it carried out performance tests comparing the new iPad's A5X processor with the nVidia Tegra 3.

After Apple claimed last night that the new A5X chip was four times faster than the Tegra 3 in terms of graphics performance, ZDNet asked an nVidia spokesperson for his thoughts. (See also "Processors: What to Expect From CPUs in 2012.")

Though Ken Brown said that nVidia was flattered to be used as a comparison, it had not been provided with any data about which benchmarks had been run or how the tests were carried out.

"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," he told ZDNet.

nVidia will be among those buying a new iPad on launch day, Brown said, in order to better understand how Apple arrived at those conclusions, so expect to hear more about this story.

At a Glance
  • Apple's third-gen iPad is defined by its amazingly sharp and crisp high-resolution display, as well as its option for 4G. The heavier weight is a disappointment; but the display, coupled with Apple's solid app ecosystem, makes this tablet the one to beat. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Vivid, high-resolution display
    • 4G LTE option via Verizon

    Cons

    • Slightly increased weight
    • iOS 5.1 still lacks large-screen optimizations

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