Apple iPad PowerVR GPU vs Intel's HD4000: new benchmarks compare both

Apple iPad PowerVR GPU vs Intel's HD4000: new benchmarks compare both
The iPhone brought the mobile revolution and Apple has continued its laser-focus on it with the iPad. Both devices are performing extremely well in the graphics department, and we’ve long been wondering whether one could replace a notebook with an iPad. Sure, for simple computing tasks it seems that question is solved by now, but what about games and other graphically demanding content?

Up until now we couldn’t measure the exact difference between the iPad’s A6X chip with PowerVR SGX554MP4 graphics running on the mobile iOS and a full-blown Core architecture on a tablet like the Surface Pro with a Core i3-3317U chip with HD 4000 graphics on a 64-bit Windows 8.

That changes now with the release of GLBenchmark 2.7 and DXBenchmark. The two benchmarking apps by Kishonti can now share performance information. It’s not exactly an apples to apples comparison - DXBenchmark relies on Microsoft’s DirectX API while GLBenchmark takes information from the Open GL ES.

The new benchmark that puts graphics to a real stress test is the T-Rex one with a tyrannosaur chasing a girl on a dirt bike.

The results are the juicy part as the iPad 4 is only two times less potent than the competing Surface Pro in terms of fill rate. In geometry performance the gap widens to 2.5 times.

When it comes to scenes rendering, things have really moved up quite fast with the Egypt HD scene from GLBenchmark 2.5 yielding results of 20fps at best at its launch. Now, we have 40 frames per second results, but the new T-Rex tests moves things back to start, and those same new architectures can barely put 15fps.

Here is when we see the big difference - Intel’s HD4000 delivers three times better frame rate.

We however should not forget the difference in power output. While the PowerVR SGX544MP4 is clearly a mobile chip consuming just about 5 watts, Ivy Bridge on the Surface Pro hits 17W.

As both ARM and Intel are fiercely trying to either boost performance (ARM) or lower power consumption (Intel), it’s really a question of who does it first to grab the crown in mobile.

source: Anand Tech

Related phones

iPad 4
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6X, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
Surface Pro
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. papss unregistered

The iPad does pretty well on a tablet for sure.. It best even the N10

3. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It does, but remember, the N10 pushes quite a few more pixels.

6. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

It's an offscreen benchmark, resolution doesn't affect the final score

12. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Doesn't it? I mean, vsync won't limit framerates if it's offscreen, but it's still pushing the tablets native res, isn't it? Or am i wrong?

14. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nevermind. I just checked the benchmark, and offscreen does output at 1080p with vsync disabled in all platforms, so tablet resolution isn't a factor. I'm a dumbass.

25. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

If only everyone would own up to their mistakes and be like you Mr.tedkord... The world would be a better place.

2. thelegend6657 unregistered

One day I am gonna make an android tablet with full Intel i5 with Intel HD4000 GPU . Its will destroy every other android tablets on the market . Multitask like a boss

10. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Did you even look at anandtech´s review, surface pro doesn´t last very long on battery. Ipad lasts like 2x or more. The performance is ofcourse very good but it compensates with being a battery hog.

16. thelegend6657 unregistered

Put in a larger battery for god's sake Also , android is more efficient on battery than windows 8

20. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

It's not that easy, an intel i5 with HD4000 graphics will be burning HOT, aso you'll need vents on your tablet, making them noisy, thicker and heavier and it's not what a tablet is meant to be, a tablet is meant to be thin, light, efficient, silent and has a battery that lasts at least 8Hrs, Intel should work on making more efficient processors

23. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

That's because Android is designed to be a mobile OS where as Windows has slowly been improved on through time and is not truly designed with mobility in mind, although it has gotten better with Windows 8. Also, have you seen the Surface Pro? It's very thick for a tablet. Microsoft had to sacrifice battery life for style, or else it would be too thick and no one would want that.

18. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Even though the iPad lasts much longer than the pro, I have no problem with the battery at all in terms of it lasting all day while I'm in school. I get a good 4 and a half hours on power save mode.

4. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Waiting for Surface with Haswell chip :D GG WP

5. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

This is not enough. In the future, I want to see a tablet powered with superconductor that could consume maybe 1w with a similar performance of intel Xeon Quadruple core.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

How long are you prepared to wait for your preferred architecture?

9. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

we may skip ur ideas and move to differnt technology

8. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

lol waiting for the intel 5nm processors... lol :D

11. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

From what I've read about the HD4600,it will bring only a modest improvement in comparison to 4000 (200mhz clock speed increase and 20 vs 16 PCUs) Also, it will NOT be nearly frugal enough in configuration with 22nm Haswell CPU to be put in a normal 500 gram tablet. On the other hand Rogue line of chips promise enormous leap in performance compared to even the SGX 554 MP4, and Mali 658/678 could also be up there, all that while keeping or even lowering the power consumption. In short, Intel is still far from getting competitive in true tablet space imo.

13. aphrophyre

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Compare it against the ATOM chipsets please

15. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

i dont know about PowerVR GPU but i can play crysis 3 on hd 4000

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

maybe at 20 FPS with lowest settings at 720p resolution. Tops. HD 4000 is crap chipset, even the budget NVidia and AMDs usually top it.

17. lolol

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Its obvious that Intel HD is better , I even played crysis 2 on a Intel HD 3000 :)

19. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Let's see how the next gen PowerVR GPUs will compare.

21. howardbarrett

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

with rogue 6, it will become more apparent ARM SoC is the king of performance/watt.

24. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

As far as I know the Surface Pro has an Intel i5 processor not an i3.

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