Apple iPad 3 benchmark tests

Apple iPad 3 benchmark tests
Are you hungry for raw figures showing off the kind of processing power that’s possible with the new iPad? Well, we have the thing that might pique your interest, since we’ve taken some time out today to check out and run a few benchmark tests on Apple’s latest golden boy. Not only that, but we also have the iPad 2 as a comparison to see how much better that new Apple A5x SoC really is in the greater scheme of things.

Alright, let’s be frank here, we were perplexed right from the start with the results, and the more we thought about it, the figures put out by the new iPad simply goes to show why benchmark tests cannot all be trusted. As a matter of fact, it tells us why specs and hardware might not matter all that much with today’s modern gadgets. However, we have to admit again that the new iPad still delivers the goods in terms of intuitiveness and instant action with nearly all of its operations. So whether it’s opening up apps, pinch zooming, or kinetic scrolling, one this is absolutely certain – it maintains its lovable fluidity, which is impressive when we factor in its Retina display.

Enough of small talk, as we’ve mentioned, the results were rather confusing. So here are the results from our benchmark tests with both iPads:

  • Linpack:
Apple iPad 3: 896.998 Mflop/s at 0.7449 seconds
Apple iPad 2: 896.144 Mflop/s at 0.7456 seconds

  • 3D Benchmark:
Apple iPad 3: 60.203865 frames per second
Apple iPad 2: 60.26154 frames per second

  • CometBench:
Apple iPad 3: 40 FPS for 1 single comet, 40 FPS for 10 comets
Apple iPad 2: 55 FPS for 1 single comet, 60 FPS for 10 comets

Confused much? Well, we can’t argue that undeniable fact, mainly because it seems that the new iPad doesn’t go beyond its predecessor, and in the CometBench test, the iPad 2 actually produces the better results. Crazy, right? The more we you think about it, the figures simply lead us to believe that these benchmark apps haven’t been optimized – so yeah, they don’t necessarily tell the true tale.

In order to find that out, we decided to run and play a few graphically intensive games, and in our case, we used Grand Theft Auto 3 and Modern Combat 3. Initially, it was difficult to notice any difference in performance or gameplay, but as soon as we took control of a car in GTA 3, it was apparent that the controls were tighter on the new iPad. Moreover, it kept a solid frame rate as we cruised through the alleys and back-ways of the city – whereas on the iPad 2, we notice some skipped frames and less responsive controls. Conversely, we experienced the same results with Modern Combat 3, but honestly, it was only a tad bit better on the new iPad. So to tell you the truth, gaming is definitely one aspect where the new iPad shows its prowess, though, we’d suspect that developers would be fine-tuning titles in the future to take advantage of the quad-core GPU of the new iPad.

So there you go folks! There isn’t a whole lot of difference in terms of visual performance improvements with the new iPad with basic operations, but it is recognizable with some games. Naturally, some people will still be confused by it all, but think about this – the new iPad doubles the resolution of its predecessor. Therefore, it’s safe to say that the Apple A5x is doing its job in maintaining the iPad’s loveable performance.

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iPad 3
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5X, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh



1. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

I guess hardware isn't always the deciding factor on what the better device is

52. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

so you have no reason to buy iPad3 where nothing is better over iPad2 if you dont consider HW as you said :)

2. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

So much for the new and improved lolPad. (random lolpad pic here)

57. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Isn't the new iPad's CPU clocked at 1Ghz? But in the vid the guy says 1.5Ghz???

4. android_hitman unregistered

impressive when the pixels are so big ... don't want to sound as a hater but the games looks horrible... no antialiasing no sun flares .. nothing .. like i am playing a game from 2000... please have a good look how superb graphics a game has on a TEGRA2&3 cpu/gpu... i almost crapped myself laughing at the london benchmark.. the graphics looked horrible, like i almost went back in time .. in 1998

6. piggybomb

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

are u sure u didnt accidentally use two ipad 2's instead

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

They pretty much did only for the fact that one of the ipad 2's had a 'resolutionary' screen on it made by Samsung ;-)

58. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012


68. gwhyte01

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 09, 2008

I was thinking the same thing. cant tell them apart. and the so called ipad 2 looks superior.

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh so Benchmarks are suddenly full of s**t when it comes to the iPad huh? xD

28. Phonecall01 unregistered

Apple does it again! Same device with a few adjustments...people line up...they make billions... C'on people !!!

56. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I effing hate Apple products, but it isn't as simple as that. Apple have thrown in an awesome screen with an massive resolution, and I think Apple have simply worked out what is needed to power it without losing the fluid UI. Do you really need more processing or graphics power to run the apps available today? I don't think so.. So while I sit in my little Android corner waiting for a Tegra 3 tab with 3G, I gotta hand it to Apple for doing a decent job.

29. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Good article specs don't really matter if the device doesn't perform well. Apple devices shine in performance, stability and ease of use.

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The results are not that confusing really. it is using the same chip as the ipad 2.. which may or may not be clocked up a bit to compensate. the linpack is an I/O test of a very small part of the CPU, and thus not likely to see a difference between versions. Linpack is also not a direct indication of actual performance, and hasnt been for a long time. Its probably less relevant than Quadrant, which is saying something. 3D benchmark is a GPU heavy benchmark, so you would expect to see better results right? Not as much as u might think. That GPU is pushing a heck of a lot more pixels with the higher resolution... so while it may be a smidge better in numbers terms, its pushing a lot more power to get there. If it were running the same resolution as the ipad2, it would be a much bigger difference. Real world tests should still give better performance to the new chip though, and your in game playing of call of duty and GTA prove that to be true. It takes a lot more horsepower to get a ford F350 dually up to 100mph than it does to get a honda civic, but in the end they are both going 100mph. Dont let the fact that the end numbers arent some magical big jump dissuade you from the fact that its pushing a lot more weight in that screen resolution to achieve the same thing as the older ipad. If there wasnt a good jump in GPU power, u would see the ipad3 behind the ipad2 in performance. hey look, once again, im defending apple on something.

54. thelegend6657 unregistered

I agree with you . Btw the performance difference between original and iPad 2 is huge . Isn't it better for quadrant to realease an iOS version so that we can compare devices between 2 platform ?

59. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats easy. The A5 chip is the Samsung Exynos chip with the powerVR GPU instead of the Mali. so the A5 chip would sit at the top of the pile with the other superchips. The only thing that is holding it back is the fact that Apple underclocks it to preserve battery life (iphone is clocked at 800mhz), which hurts performance. We havent gotten exact clock numbers on the new ipad yet though, so that probably changed.. especially since they increased the battery so much.

60. thelegend6657 unregistered

So Which GPU is better ? I think Mali cause i could make an android phone so smooth but i also wondered why the dont go ahead with the Mali

61. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

PowerVR is technically better by like a smidgin but that smoothness you see mostly comes from TW4.

62. thelegend6657 unregistered

Oh , but comparing the nexus and the s2 ? Still feel like the s2 is faster but if i buying an android phone my money goes to the nexus

63. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, like i said, mostly TW4.

64. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

my money would go to the SGS2 w/ exynos, every time. what you want is the different launcher and homescreens of stock ICS vs touchwiz4. If your not afraid of samsung's extremely easy root process, you can have all the power of exynos and the larger SGS2 camera and that stock ICS treatment you want. Remember, ALL ICS updates have stock ICS under there somewhere. Manufacturers are no longer allowed to remove the stock launchers, so it wont take XDA devs too long to replace TW4 with the stock Holo launcher. Hell, you could just get Nova launcher and be back to stock ICS look in 5 seconds.

65. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'd get the Nexus myself. it's worth it for LTE, the HDSA display and having the pure Google experience because the 4460 is really not that far behind the 4210 and when you remove TW4 from the equation the difference in snappiness is really neglegable especially being that the OMAP4 series is the reference platform for ICS.

66. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the smoothness isnt from TW4, its from the extra strength in the chip. going from 2.3 to ICS gains a huge boost by the use of GPU rendering, which android doesnt have without ICS. If i were on VZW, id be concerned about LTE, as otherwise id be stuck with VZW's super slow "3g", but 21mb/s HPSA+ is fine and dandy for me. SGS2 please :)

67. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, a lot of the smoothness does come from Samsung's TW4. look at phones like the Captivate Glide which uses a Tegra II and the T-Mobile Galaxy S II which uses a 3rd generation Crapdragon and feel how much smoother they are compared to rivaling phones with the same chipsets. they're not really great phones per say but i'd say TW4 actually does these chipsets some justice. i know that, i'm just saying that if it really came down to comparing the 2 with stock versions of ICS the difference in their performance would really be negligible because it's all pretty instantaneous from there save for the big boost in download speeds on the Nexus which would matter a bit. i've been rocking this Razr for two months now and i find 4G LTE to be pretty great. i can just turn it off in the settings when i really just want to conserve battery life and quickly turn it back on when i'm about to do something data intensive and as for losing coverage that rarely ever happens to me thanks to Verizon's aggressive roll out of the network which implies that they already had that concern of yours in mind and it's paying off so far. i'll get the occasional drop out but i rarely ever see 3G on my indicator. another factor probably is that it's a Motorola and Motorola devices can hold on to a signal to save your life but of course i was already given the choice between the Nexus and the Razr and i chose the Razr with that being one of the reasons.

69. thelegend6657 unregistered

Hey both of you . Sorry for not commenting for long cause I been busy lately but I made an amazing discovery . All GS2 sold in about 4 months back in Malaysia have its exynos replaced with TI Omap chip (same found with the nexus ) and now called GT-i9100G . And my father's model is the G model . Samsung Malaysia phased in the G model quietly so no one knows until some People wanted to flash custom tons and bricked the phone . Samsung Malaysia stated that The G model have the same performance as the exynos model but benchmarks have shown otherwise . So I am asking both of you , is it true that the TI Omap found in the nexus is just as fast as the exynos ? Why the hell Samubg Malaysia wanted to do that ? And Samsung Malaysia claims that the exynos is prone to overheating is that true ?

70. thelegend6657 unregistered

Btw both GT-i9100 and GT-i9100G are unlocked models as most Malaysian buys unlocked

71. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the OMAP4 is the closest in terms of raw power to the Exynos 4210. the 4460 is so close it's not even funny. like i said before TW4 probably adds a little more umph there.

72. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Lol its not touch wiz. Its just system optimization. Samsung doesn't spend Much time optimizing non flagship phones. The phone u mentioned uses an old file system (can't remember the name atm) and the sgs2 uses ext4 which is years faster. There is no magic in tw. Its just an overlay and a few Widgets Its nit nearly as involved as blur or sense. Of course thats what I like about it. The omap is a great chip. No worries. It would be my second choice after exynos.

73. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well if it's not TW it's something about TW4 skinned devices because they're consistantly smoother. TW to me pretty means all Samsung customization. just like how all the versions of Blur pretty much means any Motorola customization to me. the file system you were thinking about is RFS btw and don't all Samsungs with 2.3+ have ext4?

74. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its RFS.. thats the file system. Its an old ass file system that samsung still uses. They used it up and through the SGS1. Going to gingerbread forced them to use EXT4, which is leagues faster. On the SGS1, we call that the voodoo lagfix. manufacturer skins only slow things down. things like memory configuration, file systems, usage settings speed it up.

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