If you remember, when the iPad 3 was announced officially on stage by Tim Cook and co, Apple said that the new A5X processor inside it is 4 times faster than Nvidia’s Tegra 3 solution released last year. Now that the new iPad is out, the folks of LaptopMag decided to put these claims to the test, through some benchmarks.

Four tests were run in order to determine if the A5X really is superior to the Nvidia Tegra 3. These tests are GLBenchmark 2.1, Geek bench plus the web browsing tests Peacekeeper and Sunspider. In GLBenchmark 2.1 graphics performance is the key and it was one of the few tests with versions for both Android and iOS, so that’s why it was chosen. In this benchmark, the iPad won clearly, as shown in the image above. If you go past the beautiful screen, however, you’ll notice that the Transformer Prime (Tegra 3 tablet used for the test) offers some extra visual effects that aren’t shown on the new iPad. The game Riptide, for example showed some very cool water reflections and a splashing effect that was very cool.

The Geekbench is a cross platform benchmark, that measures raw processing power and not graphics. In this one, Tegra 3 came out victorious and achieved a score of 1,571, compared to the mere 692 points of the A5X. As far as the browser tests go, Safari and the Android browser were pretty close with 386 points for the iPad and 387 for the prime in Peacekeeper, at least. The Apple slate won a last round in Sunspider, as the it completed the Javascript rendering in just 1810 milliseconds, compared to the Prime’s 2216 ms.

There’s also a comparison video from LaptopMag shown below, in order to highlight those extra effects on Tegra 3. In the end I can say that the Apple A5X isn’t that good when compared to the Tegra 3, but it’s still a pretty good chipset:

  • Weakenfalls

    apple fan boy huh……….I own both tablets, and I wouldn’t give away my prime for apple new iPad or whatever u call it. Brighter screen don’t impress me whatsoever…….if u ask me 1200 x 800 is pretty darn good with already 1080p something apple seems to make a big deal bout.

  • Mario Irelan

    I have a prime and i totally agree. The ipad is still litterally a big iPod touch. No big difference in s compared and no freedom

  • I own both iPad and a Galaxy Tab 7.7. I had a Prime, but ditched it because lack of 3G support. The bitten apple tablet is much better at gaming, but lack of Adobe Flash and a microSD support, makes me angry at Apple. Good Android games are only few, good iPad games are thousands.

    Apple A5X has great potential, but is unexplored yet. The GPU is PowerVR SGX543MP4, double that of 543MP2 which was already better than Tegra 3.

    A5X is not four times faster, but it’s faster. Wait and see for new 1920×1080 Android games, then you’ll see that Tegra 3 will struggle.

    I’m not an Apple fanboy, don’t flame if not documented enough. I just want to point the differences between platforms and for some Apple suit better. For others, Android tablets offer much more and Asus is the best so far. Hopefully they will add 3G support soon to Infinity series.

  • ikkuh

    Freedom to me is most important. I dont care much for games. Besides that, here in europe you get a 32 gb, 3g Asus prime with keyboard and second battery for 599,00. To me this is a bargain.

  • This is a lie. There is no Prime with 3G. Infinity will have 4G, with a different CPU.