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NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Outruns Apple's A5 In First Benchmarks 390

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MojoKid writes "NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 SoC (System on a Chip) has recently been released for performance reviews in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android tablet. Tegra 3 is comprised of a quad-core primary CPU complex with a 5th companion core for lower-end processing requirements and power management. The chip can scale up to 1.4GHz on a single core and 1.3GHz on up to four of its cores, while the companion core operates at 500MHz. It makes for a fairly impressive new tablet platform and offers performance that bests Apple's A5 dual-core processor in more than a few tests. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime with optional keyboard dock and NVIDIA's Tegra 3 is set to be available in volume sometime around December 19th."
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NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Outruns Apple's A5 In First Benchmarks

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  • Transformer Rocks... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Tsingi (870990) <graham@rick.gmail@com> on Thursday December 01, 2011 @11:24AM (#38226192)
    I have the first Transformer, I'm very pleased with it.
  • by Totenglocke (1291680) on Thursday December 01, 2011 @11:27AM (#38226222)
    A quad-core (technically quint-core) processor with 30% higher clock rates (40% higher for single core applications) is faster than a dual-core processor - I think saying "stating the obvious" is beyond redundant.
  • Misleading summary (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 01, 2011 @11:30AM (#38226250)

    Of the linked benchmarks:

    LINPACK: "Unfortunately, the iOS version of Linpack is different enough that we couldn't compare iPad 2 numbers in this test, and still get an apples-to-apples match-up (no pun intended)."
    BrowserMark: Transformer is 11% faster than iPad2
    SunSpider: iPad2 is 9% faster than Transformer
    GLBenchmark Fill: iPad2 is 230% faster than Transformer
    GLBenchmark Egypt: Transformer is 25% faster than iPad2
    An3DBench: "This is an Android-only benchmark, so unfortunately the iPad 2 couldn't play here."

  • Slow news day? (Score:5, Informative)

    by dswskinner (630472) on Thursday December 01, 2011 @11:30AM (#38226254) Homepage
    So a new chip beats a 9 month old chip in more than a few tests? What a shocker.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 01, 2011 @11:42AM (#38226378)

    They are. They make the most profits and are single most successful vendor. All Android enthusiasts seem to make the same logical fallacy over and over again.
    Android is not a company. It's completely irrelevant if 200 companies combined can outsell one (1) company if that single company outsells each of them individually. Just because Motorola and Samsung makes Android phones doesn't mean they are BFFs. Every single Android phone maker competes with all the other Android vendors. Apple makes 52% of all the whole phone profits. All the other 200 phone maker have to share the remaining 48%.
    Apple IS winning. No one except Fanbois is interested in combined market share of some random companies. Companies thrive for profits, not marketshare. They are often correlated, but not necessarily.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 01, 2011 @11:44AM (#38226424)

    If you're one of Apple's phone competitors, these charts [asymco.com] should make you burst into tears. Apple is making 2/3 of the total profits in the entire industry, even if they aren't selling 2/3s of the phones.

  • by nedwidek (98930) on Thursday December 01, 2011 @11:52AM (#38226516)

    It's about user experience. And Apple's got that all wrapped up in a pretty little bow. Whereas none of their competitors do (HP came close, and we'll see about Ice Cream Sandwich but my educated guess is "probably not good enough for the average person").

    I keep trying to figure out what people mean by iOS's user experience. I've got a transformer with the dock. Absolutely love it. Notifications are simple and unobtrusive. There is a back button that works.

    I borrowed an iPad for a week and had to keep reminding myself NOT to throw it against the wall since it wasn't mine. At any point the damned thing needed to open a browser or map from one app the way back was not apparent and I ended up hitting the home button and needing to navigate back to where I was in the original app. In Honeycomb, I just hit the back button and I'm back. I guess if all you do is play Angry Birds it would seem pretty simple.

    Don't take this as a flame. I'm really interested in why someone who uses both iOS and Android on a regular basis would say that iOS has a better user experience. I develop on and use both, but my personal iPod Touch is used for nothing more than a source of music on my alarm clock and in my Jeep. I dread using it for anything else.

    And as an owner of the original Palm Pre I can certainly say that WebOS beats them both by a mile. Too bad the hardware was such shite and the limitations in the API were woeful.

  • by Andy Dodd (701) <atd7@@@cornell...edu> on Thursday December 01, 2011 @11:56AM (#38226552) Homepage

    Yeah, Android is doing very well on Verizon because VZW put more effort into Android back when AT&T had iPhone exclusivity.

    For a LONG time it was clear that AT&T was intentionally holding back Android device releases to avoid pissing off Apple. What Android devices AT&T had were either way underspecced or had massive carrier crippling.

    AT&T is still pretty bad in this regard. What Apple's worst nightmare should be is some manufacturer growing big enough balls to tell AT&T to go fuck themselves as far as carrier mangling goes.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 01, 2011 @12:08PM (#38226704)
    All true, but it turns out the manufacturers like to mangle the phones too. Sure, they don't want to put VCAST this, V-CRAP that on it. But they want to put Blur, TouchWiz, and Sense on them (plus whatever the garbage one that LG uses). All of these are annoyances that just add bugs. They don't believe they can differentiate themselves sufficiently by just making good hardware. They have to crap the phones up, make them slow, etc. and compete on "whose is the least f'ed up" instead.

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