Apple iPad Air 2 GPU benchmarks are out: graphics neck and neck with Nexus 9's Tegra K1
Silicon battles have definitely heated up this fall as Apple’s A8X arrives with a whopping 3 billion transistors, and chances are that it is also one of the first to come with Imagination Technologies’ new PowerVR GX6650 GPU with six clusters (up from the four-cluster GX6450 on the A7).
The biggest rival on the GPU and gaming front on the Android side of the fence is the Tegra K1 chip with Kepler graphics, a chip used in the upcoming Google Nexus 9. Nvidia uses a different approach to graphics with Kepler so there is no use comparing the small, 192 shader cores directly with the large, hexa-cluster setup on the Img Tec’s GPU, but benchmarks do testify that performance-wise, the two are neck to neck. Take a look below:
Let’s also not forget that real-life performance is also dependant on software and here come APIs like Apple’s new Metal for graphics that promises to be up to 10x faster, and Nvidia’s CUDA. For all it’s worth, these two new chips are certainly setting a new standard for mobile graphics.
source: GFXBench via GSM Arena