The fine folks at IGN have put together some benchmark tests comparing the new iPad’s A5X processing chip with the NVIDIA Tegra 3. The findings indicate that while the A5X falls below both the iPad 2 and Tegra 3-powered ASUS Transformer Prime in processing speed, the A5X did in fact perform better when it came to graphics processing.
If you recall, during the keynote, Apple claimed that the new chipset was four times as powerful as the Tegra 3. The claims brought with them quite a bit of skepticism from NVIDIA and critics. We don’t put too much emphasis on benchmarks around the blog, but the results from the IGN test show some interesting gains and more interesting losses when it comes to the new iPad. Geekbench, GLBenchmark 2.1 Egypt, and GLBenchmark 2.1 Pro scores actually show the new iPad underperforming the iPad 2, albeit slightly. However, once the playing field is leveled, and the resolution is tested at an even 720p between the iPad 2 and the new iPad, the new iPad actually wipes the floor with the iPad 2.
These benchmarks really lend some credence to the argument that Apple feels they’ve hit a homerun with the iPad, thereby naming the device the new iPad instead of iPad 3. The benchmarks also seem to show that Apple upgraded the device’s innards to solely drive the sexy Retina display. The processing power and net performance have pretty much remained the same between the two devices according to the benchmarks.