Apple's new iPad graphics benchmarked, beats every mobile device out there

Apple's new iPad graphics benchmarked, beats every mobile device out there
We just noticed that the GLBenchmark 2.1 scores of the new iPad have appeared in the top 5 list of the graphics performance measurement software, perhaps uploaded by those same Vietnamese guys that did the first unboxing today.

We kid, but it is referred to as Apple iPad 3 and, needless to say, occupies the top spot, which all but confirms our new iPad specs review suspicion that the "quad-core graphics" Apple bragged about at the unveiling are none other than the mighty PowerVR SGX543 MP4 chip.

The new iPad scored the breathtaking 15, 924 points, 50% more than the dual-core version of the same GPU that is in the Apple iPad 2, and which was the previous graphics champion. Apple iPhone 4S, which also sports the iPad 2's dual-core PowerVR is third, trailed closely by the best Android representative - the quad-core Acer Iconia Tab A510 with NVIDIA's Tegra 3.

NVIDIA argued that the claim "the new iPad's graphics are 4x those of Tegra 3" Apple threw out at the announcement is not substantiated by anything, but now we have something more tangible to lean on. Well, it's not 4x, and yet 2x faster than Tegra 3 in a synthetic benchmark is still pretty impressive. 

We can only imagine what will happen with gadgets that use the recently announced Series 6 of PowerVR that has 20x the performance of the Series 5 in the new iPad at 5x less energy consumption. 

These PowerVR Series 6 GPUs from Imagination Technologies will likely be appearing in phones and tablets next year at the earliest, though, so for now the new iPad takes the graphics cake.

source: GLBenchmark

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  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh



1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Apple is kicking some ass again.. I'll definitely get one of these soon..

17. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

more more more pixels, more more more GPU cores......welcome the New generation amazing iPad :) and a next generation, the New New iPad. "more more more and More pixels and more more more and More GPU is amazing" great progress Apple :)

91. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

To All User, I have only One question Apple devices have more powerfull GPU in it, but they do not make it..they buy it from imagination tech... Then why are not samsung, lg, motorola doing the same just plug the best gpu in ur SOC and apple will have nothing to prove...?

44. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Yeah, I'm getting mine this Friday. So excited!

79. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I just wish Apple ditched the 4:3 screen shape and went with a more wide screen shape like most android tabs.. Anyways, I'll probably take a look at the 7.85" when it hits shelves as this will be way more portable.

104. weirdfisher

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

if they change it, it's not apple

53. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

It is definitely a "game" changer again, since the new horsepower will address the next wave of digital textbooks, the new Apple iTV, and other applications that need more graphics capabilities. The New iPad is again one step closer to replacing the laptop. 11,666 mAH battery, 4G, multitasking, virtual keyboard or voice dictation, with a display with over 3 million pixels, etc. on a package that is about 1.5 pounds. Btw, the highest resolution on my laptop is only 1920x1080. Just food for thought.

59. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

This is a great step, but lets not be too quick to say everything Apple comes out with is a game changer. It not really changing anything here. One thing I will say is they are kicking Android's but in the tablet race. It seems, the Android OEMs never take the lead on anything . Sure they were first with quad core chips but it's still as though thy do just enough to keep up with last years iDevices. They never set out to game changer of their own.

61. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Apple finally pulled the first punch. But dont think Samsung is sitting around. Lets wait to see what they unviel at their samsung party for the SGS3 and flagship tablet before we start handing out crowns. You also have OMAP5 and T4 out this year. Besides, this is just a GPU test. Apple didnt do anything to the GPU, they just got a new one from PowerVR which is the dominating leader in mobile GPU tech right now. The CPU itself is not at the head of the pack.

93. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

wait a sec.. so apple didnt pull the first punch with the original ipad? was there some successful android tablet i am unaware of? and the gpu is more important for the graphics part i believeā€¦ the cpu will run ios smoothly but the gpu gets the good games and heavy tasks going i think..

94. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

as my mama would say "all up in our Kool-Aid, don't even know the Flavor." :P

76. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

>It not really changing anything here. Apple iPhone -- game changer (it crushed RIMM and any of those Palm Treo type smartphones with stylus) iPod Touch 4G & iPhone - helps destroys digital camera market and portable camcorder like Flip, etc. iPad -- in its first year, outsold all the MS-Intel tablets that have been in the market for about 10 years, and quickly displaces the netbook as a portable computing device. Apple 4 - retina display 300+ pixel per inch Those were just some example and if they are game changers, just ask yourself why is the market following Apple's footsteps. People like videos and pictures meaning the New iPad will allow the users to have more fun editing their files. The days of polaroid and b&W and color photo albums are over. People now want memories in multimedia in a simple, easy to use package and the New iPad delivers on this front.

84. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Youre going through Apple's entire history to proove that this one particular product is a game changer? I still have to disagree. The original ipad was a game changer becuase it got everyone to think differently about what a tablet should be. This is just another version of that same product with bumped up specs. People are gonna do the exact same things with this ipad that the did with the othet ipads.

97. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Ardent.. quit thumbing yourself up.. for real.. its sad. Game changers? the first iphone was a game changer. it was. ipod touch wasnt a game changer, it was an iphone without a radio.. kind of stupid waist of money if u ask me, since they were just about the same price. the ipad was a segment changer, not a game changer. it created its own segment "large freakin media device". MS's tablets were full computers. Big difference between the two. And yea, MS's tablets sucked because mobile technology wasnt at a point to handle what MS wanted to do. My how thats changed. The "game changer" this year is going to be full PC compatibility on the mobile tablet space.. brought to you by MS, not apple's over sized ipod. Apple didnt invent retina, LG did, so technically an android manufacturer was the "game changer". And the iphone4 was powered by a Samsung Hummingbird chipset which was best in class. All the "game changing" came from android manufacturers that were willing to sell to Apple. Your a fool. Plain and simple. "high sales" dont equate to "game changer".

100. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

remixfa, you're fanboy is showing again. Basically you're saying that Android is the real game changer. What you need to start doing is separate Android and the manufacturers. Everything Samsung/LG produces/engineers does not equate to Android. Sadly, I'm sure you already know this but you probably just couldn't help yourself when it comes to taking another jab at Apple. You could have left it as LG technically created the screen, but you had to add "an android manufacturer" as if the two were directly related, suggesting the android is the better and more innovate OS, which is pretty stupid in this discussion. Apple's engineers aren't just sitting around doing nothing, so I'm pretty sure that the retina display and/or the A processors have to have some kind of significant difference/addition for them to call it their own without getting sued. If the display was completely LGs technology, they would have used it first in their devices, plain and simple. When the Apple first unveiled their retina display to the public, they said that it took them years to develop and that it would possibly take years for their competitors to match it. That statement alone should be proof enough that Apple is the mastermind behind some of these technology, even if they're not directly manufacturing them. If Apple was just buying screens, why would it take years for the competitors to match?

103. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

did i say anything about android in my statement? you sure are inferring a whole hell of a lot to write that

106. darkkjedii

Posts: 31599; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

awwww shutup. u sound like a jealous old whinny lady.shut the heck up,and go get laid. apple,and google don't need ur compliments and disses. get off androids d**k for crying out loud.

69. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

not quite, the title states that it "beats every moblie device out there" but there is no metion of the PS Vita, which may be even more portable than the iPad and other tablets.

2. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

sorry i dont thinks it beats tegra 3 will wait for other source

8. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

A5X only beats Tegra-3 in graphics, only the scrolling between homepages and games are smoother (something iFans care alot about). Which further iterates what I've been saying, the iPad is a game console that can't do anything else but play half baked games and videos. The improved graphics won't do the iPad any good for anything else, etc. multi-tasking (which iOS still can't do)

38. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, it was really the only boost that was practical for something running iOS and also for something pushing that many pixels.

48. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

lol okay hate the King much? DEFINITELY not a bad comment. xD

70. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

(aka PS Vita owns all)... till next year......

37. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yessir! this GPU beats the pants off of Nvidia's Geforce and anything else for that matter. let's hope that Samsung is using PowerVR again in the new Exynos. o:

49. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

and again! :P

62. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i hope they switch back to powerVR as well. I dont understand why they ever left them, unless Apple pulled some sort of exclusivity deal with them.

77. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

No, it's confirmed that they are using Mali in Exynos 5-series. It's definitely going to be Mali-T604 in Exynos 5250. That itself is 5x times more powerful GPU compared to Mali400. In that case, it would score same/higher compared to a 543MP4. And note that Exynos 5250 has the highest memory bandwidth compared to any other SoC. This could prove vital for high performance gaming.

88. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

we'll see but the Mali400 is neck at neck with the year old SGX540 that has a single graphics core although it was slightly higher clocked to 384MHz i believe that's saying a lot.

98. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Mali is nice.. and yea, its a nice alternative, but I still wish they stayed with PowerVR. Between both roadmaps, VR still has the edge over Mali. And when it comes to fanboy yelling matches, thats going to come up a bit.

68. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

So first you thought that it wouldn't beat Tegra 3, and now you have the results and you still won't belive it, tsss... so stubborn -_-

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