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New iPad’s A5X Vs. iPad 2′s A5 Vs. Tegra 3 [Benchmarks]

by on March 30th, 2012

While Apple claims that the new iPad’s A5X processor with quad-core graphics provides up to 4x the graphics performance of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip and 2x the performance of the iPad 2′s A5 chip, latest benchmark data provided by IGN (via 9to5Mac) shows a pretty different story. New benchmark scores have revealed that iPad 2′s A5 chip outperforms both the A5X and Tegra 3 chips with the A5X’s improved graphics going largely towards powering the new iPad’s high-resolution Retina display. The A5X did show significant increase in performance over both when the chip is not forced to power the Retina display in “off-screen” benchmarks.

Detailing from the source:

Tegra 3′s quad-core configuration blazes past the dual-core A5X, garnering GeekBench scores of 1540 and 750, respectively. Interestingly, the A5X’s average score fell a few points short of the iPad 2′s standard A5 chip, 753. Both the A5X and the A5 also fell shy of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s Tegra 2, which received an overall score 905. The gains made by the Tegra 3 are easily chalked up to its two extra cores, but it is also boasts the highest clocking speed of the group at 1.6GHz, compared to the 1GHz clock of the A5X, A5 and Tegra 2.

While the off-screen tests (shown below) show the A5X outperforming A5 and Tegra 3 when not powering the Retina display, it did not quite provide the 4x performance that Apple’s stats claimed.

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  • Yep

    So when the IPad 3 does double the resolution it does half the score of the competition.

    Makes sense.

  • Greed

    less is more 😉

  • Mark

    Was kind of torn between upgrading to the iPad 2 or the 3.  This isn’t helping sway me either way….  Just upgraded wife to a 2 so I’ll play with it and see.  Since they are nearly identical performance wise, is the retina screen really worth the extra $150 is the only question.

  • JH

    Geekbench only measures CPU not GPU which is why it is the same as the iPad 2 score because it is the same dual core CPU.  It’s the GPU that is different which is why the GLbenchmarks are better which actually does use the GPU.

  • All these test really don’t mean anything, to the general customer. It’s all about the user experience. When I pick up my iPad 3, and look at the retina display, I still can’t believe my eyes. Sure, the performance isn’t really any different then the iPad2, but the iPad2 was awesome. So, the iPad3 is awesome, plus a retina display! Just my opinion.

  • Paul

    Um, the Geekbench score, well, give yourself the finger in the mirror and tell me what you see… – the Geekbench score chart?  Hmmmmmmm….