iPad 2 Graphics Performance Benchmarked: Blows Away iPad 1 And Tegra 2 Powered Motorola Xoom

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Apple’s iPad 2 comes with a faster 1 GHz dual-core A5 chip, which can do twice the work of the original iPad and up to 9 times graphics performance.

According to a report by AnandTech, Apple’s new A5 System on a Chip (SoC) includes a more powerful PowerVR SGX 543MP2 instead of the PowerVR SGX 535 used in the original A4.

AnandTech explains:

Architecturally the 543MP2 has more than twice the compute horsepower of the SGX 535 used in Apple’s A4. Each shader pipeline can execute twice the number of instructions per clock as the SGX 535, and then there are four times as many pipes in an SGX 543MP2 as there are in a 535. There are also efficiency improvements as well. Hidden surface removal works at twice the rate in the 543MP2 as it did in the 535. There’s also a big boost in texture filtering performance.

AnandTech conducted GLBenchmark 2.0 tests to find out the triangle throughput tests and observed that iPad 2 delivered results 3 to 5 times faster than iPad 1 and 2 to nearly 7 times faster than Motorola Xoom.

AnandTech also found that iPad 2 ran at 5.4 times the framerate of iPad 1, which grows to 7 times if anti-aliasing is turned on and 3.7 times the framerate of the Xoom.

The Pro tests showed a 3 to 5 times performance improvement compared to iPad 1.

To understand what it means from a user point of view, checkout the in-game screenshots of Infinity Blade iPad game by Epic Games optimized for iPad 2. You can see the improvement in graphics quality on iPad 2 compared to iPad 1:

Infinity Blade on the iPad 1

Infinity Blade on iPad 2

Infinity Blade on iPad 1

Infinity Blade On iPad 2

If there were any doubts, the results clearly show that Apple’s new A5 chip blows away Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chip that powers Motorola Xoom, which will also be used in a number of tablets that will be released this year such as Dell Streak 7, G-Slate, Acer ICONIA Tab A500, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Asus Eee Pad Slider.

We expect the new A5 chip with the more powerful PowerVR SGX 543MP2 to used in the next generation iPhone – iPhone 5.

Are you still thinking of buying a Tegra 2 powered tablet instead of iPad 2?

[via AnandTech]

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  • Stop with the comparison!!! There all great devices!!!

    • jdb

      That may be true, but comparison is what allows you to make the best possible decision for yourself. I don’t understand why you’re so upset about someone offering you information. I know if I’m going to make a big purchase, I want as much information as possible so I know I got what’s best for me.

      So suck it.

      • he just wasted his money and now he wishes he waited… I didn’t get the iPad 1 knowing that the 2 would be out and there would be major difference… Apple trends is to surpass the past and rival the competition.

        • Lou

          Well I have an iPad 1 and have been very happy with it the past 6 months you waited. Now I am waiting for the ipad 3 which will be out before christmas because I know it will be way better than YOUR iPad 2. Maybe not every one else’s iPad 2 but definitely better than yours!

          • John

            No one knows for certain when the iPad 3 will be out. Most likely next year, following the same release schedule. Everything else is just a rumor.

  • pacomac

    Finally a true test of speed instead of these idiotic browser tests which prove nothing!

  • The GeForce ULP GPU in Tegra 2 is more weaker than the SGX543MP2 in the A5, this is fact!

    Remember: the nVidia’s GeForce GTX 580 is a GPU for desktops only and the company is a novice in ARM mobile devices.

    • Dustin

      It’s funny how they forget to mention that the XOOM’s display operates at at 16% greater resolution than the IPad2’s. Of course the iPad2 will have better framerates with less pixels to render. Nice slight of hand Apple….

      • aizen


      • Anthony

        If you feel that way just add 16% to all of the Xoom scores to make the pixel amount fair between the two tablets. The iPad 2 is STILL at least twice at fast as the Xoom regardless of pixels. Maybe Tegra 3 will be better lol

  • Ciprian Biris

    We should pay respect to iPad 2.
    i thought it is a piece of crap but now I see the reality. it’s the best table available.
    it’s a pity that i can’t afford it 😛

  • Ciprian Biris

    i meant “tablet” instead of “table” 😀

  • fas

    This chip in the iPhone will really make crazy improvements.

  • True

  • poop

    Apple made a good move when they decided to go inhouse with their processor development. It makes their device nearly impossible to mimic. Not to mention they can customize the processor to completely satisfy the needs of the device

  • Dempa

    Great to read about the improvements! I will probably buy the ‘2’ when it arrives in EU but still hope NVidias next Tegra will be even faster. Otherwise Apple won’t push more hp in the next chip. I believe the best for us iDevice users is when competition ups the heat as it forces Apple to give us more for our $$$ 🙂

    Anyway, I do notice AnandTech ran the demos on different resolutions (Xoom vs iPad) which obviously affects the numbers but not more than keeping iPad2 on the gfx top!

  • Is it just me? The only difference I see in those pics is that iPad 1 looks a little darker. That’s it.

    Honestly, even the comparison I saw where the guy had 9 webpages open on each device and the iPad 1 refreshed half the pages when switched to? Lame. I don’t think I’ve EVER had 9 pages open at once. Maybe 6. Usually just 4, and even then it’s not cuz I needed each page. That test really seemed bogus to me. Who keeps that many pages open? Ever?

    • fluffy

      I keep at least 10 tabs open on my web browser when looking at porn.

  • CheeseEater

    I got an ipad 2 and there is a noticeable speed difference between my old ipad (now my wife’s) and my shiny new one. I would compare it to the difference in speed between the first iPhone and the 3GS. It’s very nice.

  • olivenoire

    Yes I will, because tegra is not an apple product.