The 10 Coolest CPUs, GPUs Of 2012 (So Far)

Apple A5X

With virtually all new smartphones coming with at least two cores these days, and some even with four, Apple's latest iPad 3 with just two application cores seems downright primitive. But, Apple's latest SoC -- the 1 GHz A5X -- is no slouch. Introduced in March with the new iPad, the A5X incorporates four discrete PowerVR graphics processor cores by Imagination Technologies, which develops hardware and software for 2-D and 3-D rendering for mobile and desktop applications.

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