Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Tegra 3 Unleashed

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As we mentioned early, the game demos that NVIDIA installed on our Transformer Prime system offer some of the best visuals we've seen on the tablet to date, rivaling console gaming image quality in some cases.  NVIDIA's claims the GPU engine in Tegra 3 delivers almost three times the performance of their previous generation Tegra 2 device.  We'll look at the numbers in our benchmarks but the following screen shots from the various Tegra-optimized game demos we ran certainly do impress.


Tegra 3 Optimized - ShadowGun




Tegra 3 Optimized - RipTide


Tegra 3 Optimized - BladeSlinger



Of all the game demos we've played so far on the Prime, the most impressive would have to be ShadowGun. Lighting and reflection effects are impressive in the game's environment and the overall image quality easily competes with modern consoles.  Even the edge aliasing in this game engine doesn't offend all that much, though in some areas of these still shots, the capture doesn't do image quality of the in-game action justice.

NVIDIA is always good about pulling together showcases for their new technology and they didn't disappoint this time.  If this is a sign of the future of tablet gaming, we have a lot to look forward to in the months ahead.  We'd like to see how these game demos would run on Tegra 2 as well but we'll have to revisit that some day down the road.  For now, let's light up the benchmark test suite.

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