The 2013 International CES may have seen the launch of three of the industry's biggest chipmakers launch ARM SoCs for high-end devices, the NVIDIA Tegra 4, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, and Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, but it turns out that Apple's homemade chip, the A6X will have the last laugh, at least in case of graphics performance.
According to an Anandtech report, Samsung's ARM big.LITTLE 4+4 core chip may score big in CPU performance, but it's not the fastest solution out there for graphics processing. The report claims the chip packs current-generation PowerVR SGX 544MP3 graphics, and not something cutting-edge such as ARM Mali-400.
Armed with no more than 12 SIMDs and 48 MADs, SGX 544MP3 will offer comparable graphics performance to Apple's A5/A5X chips, which drive the iPhone 4S and third-generation iPad. Last week, we received disappointing news that NVIDIA's Tegra 4 couldn't live up to Apple's A6X in the graphics department, which is a shame given NVIDIA's credentials in the field of consumer graphics processing.