Nvidia answers Apple’s claim that the A5X is faster than its Tegra 3

Is the chip powering the new iPad 3 really four times faster than Nvidia's Tegra 3? Or is Cupertino dressing up the truth?

Nvidia has served up a riposte to Apple following last night’s new iPad announcement, which saw Tim Cook claiming that its A5X core was four times faster than the Nvidia Tegra 3.

Apple's attempt to focus on the A5X's quad-core graphics capabilities was a sly attempt to draw attention away from the fact that the A5X is a dual-core processor.

If you’re talking about GPU then the Tegra 3 (as Nvidia pointed out in a Tweet) has 12 cores. So, discounting the fact the new iPad has 1GB RAM, it’s tough to see how Apple could reach the conclusion that the A5X was four times faster than the Tegra 3. Benchmarking can be done on many different figures.

Until a new iPad is properly benchmarked Apple's claim will remain just that – a claim. But it’s hard to imagine Apple saying something so bold without backup. And since Apple is famous for staying out of the stats race – and ensuring that its gadget are faster than its rivals thanks to its complete control over software – the dual-core A5X may still live up to Apple's claims.

We’ll be getting our hands on the new iPad for a full review shortly, so stay tuned for the skinny on just how fast it really is.

UPDATE: Read our in depth new iPad 3 review here.

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