Preliminary benchmarks show the Nexus 10 graphics trailing behind the iPad 4

Preliminary benchmarks show the Nexus 10 graphics trailing behind the iPad 4
We've always been curious how ARM's stock graphic processing units of the Mali family stack up against the PowerVR GPUs that Apple utilizes, but that interest peaked now that we have the next generation Mali-T604 in the Nexus 10, and a quad-core PowerVR SGX544MP4 in the iPad 4.

These, along with Qualcomm's Adreno 320, are the fastest mobile graphics processors around, so it is very interesting to see how they stack up. The Nexus 10 tablet was on top by a large margin before the new iPad in only one test, but probably the most important one, as far as raw GPU power is concerned - the offscreen Egypt HD benchmark, as in the rest it has to push 25% more pixels as well. 

When it comes to the iPad 4, however, it seems that the quad-core PowerVR GPU is leaps and bounds ahead everything else, and exactly what was needed for superior gaming performance on the high-res display.

The Cortex-A15 processor also did very well in browser tests, taking the lead in Google's own Octane browsing test, as well as in Mozilla's Kraken, but fared lower than the iPhone 5 in BrowserMark and SunSpider - the iPad 4 was not included in the browsing tests. Overall, our thoughts and hopes on Cortex-A15 have been met, and we can't wait to grab one retail Nexus 10 and put it through its standard benchmarking paces.

source: Anandtech

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Nexus 10
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  • Camera 5 MP / 1.9 MP front
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  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 9000 mAh
iPad 4
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  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6X, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB



1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

This is freaking insane,considering the price.

9. MeoCao unregistered

I watched some Nexus 10 reviews and saw lags and the performance was not as smooth as Nexus 7. May be this was only the preproduction prototypes and Google and SS will improve the final products.

30. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

they dont have the retail version some videos they even say its not the final version.

12. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Yes, considering the price its one helluva device. Since the A15 SoC architecture is new these bench mark tests are non optimized to fully measure the exynos 5 capabilities. I guess it should be some issues with the new kernel or android 4.2. it would be solved in a future 4.2.2 update orso. what amaze me is even if it is non-optimized tests, nexus 10 is not left far behind in the competition. And since the nexus 10 drives more than 90000 pixels than ipad 4, these two are not comparable. But its weird that adreno 225 scores better than adreno 320. So these tests are not trustworthy IMO

105. nacho69

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

That's why they have offscreen tests at 1080p to level it out, and the sgx554mp4 still has around twice the FPS.

119. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

IF YOU MEANT htc one x and lg nexus 4 so adreno 225 run on the resolution of 960×540 but adreno 320 run on the resolution of 1280×768

24. Retro-touch unregistered

They're running pre-release software which isn't optimized so no surprises there,I remember the GS2 performing poorly before it was released and blew everyone away, so I wouldn't jump to conclusions until the devices are released. It was indicated I think at engadget that Google would be updating the review phones on November 13th

34. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Lol.... the main point here is Nexus 10 lost hahahahaha

88. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Ahahaha I know right. The Lakers won't make the playoffs after losing all those preseason games, just as the Nexus 10 didn't perform well in _preliminary_ tests.

37. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

"Trailing behind the iPad 4" ... The headline should be more along the lines of: "iPad 4 completely blows the Nexus 10 out of water in preliminary benchmarks"

69. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

GPU benchmarks Speaking of SoC, A15 blows the A6X out of the water.. Just wait for the first Geekgbench results!

77. Hemlocke unregistered

They are in, and the CPU and GPU in the A6 and A6X are superior to the 5250. Try again.

84. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

85. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Here's the s3: Again, geekbench is the only OVERALL cross-platform chip performance comparison tool. When A15 score comes out, I expect at the number to hit at least 2500

91. PequeñoConfucio

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

94. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Thank you! It's not 2500 obviously, but still far ahead every other mobile chip A6x has one incredible GPU, but geekbench clearly shows the swift CPU is not on par with A15 CPU

107. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Not really. It's because the A15 is clocked @ 1.70 GHz , while A6x is clocked @ 1.39 GHz. I am sure if if Apple clocks the A6x at 1.7, it would most likely achieve a higher than that.

118. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Not really. Check the stats for both. Average score for A15 is 2350. With 1.7ghz apple should go to about 2050 but that's it.

110. phatmann

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Yeah sure it might not be on par but considering th fact that the nexus 10 has a 22% increase in clockspeed over the ipad 4 but if it were clicked at the same thing it would score 2133 and anyways the leap over the gpu over the nexus 10 is more than the differences bettween the CPUs so yeah

96. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And you got a low one, the average is over 2300

100. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh yea, that's more like it :)

101. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Phonearena, please make an article about this benchmark too.. we are seeing a great leap in mobile computing. Think about it, this cheap Exynos having more than double the power of once almighty Power Mac G5 pc tower!

106. nacho69

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Exynos 5's a15 is around 25% faster than iPad4's swift cores and the iPad4's GPU is 60% faster than the Mali t604. Geekbench of 1757 vs 2300, GPU scores are 42 FPS vs 25 FPS. Choice is yours but a meaty GPU is better for games and the slightly faster CPU is better for web browsing and email but you'll only be able to do that when you're connected to Wi-Fi since there is no cellular version of the Nexus 10 anyway. Or a 64GB version and no tablet apps, Especially any apps at 2560 x 1600.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Is the T604 a quadcore or a dualcore? same as Adreno320vs Pvrsgx quadcore. A bit unfair comparison?

108. nacho69

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Quad core, Dual core, don't pay attention to any of that unless you know the difference in the architectures, what you really need to do is check out the benchmarks. For a CPU example: a quad core cortex A9 as in the Tegra 3 is slower than a dual core cortex A15 as in the exynos 5. A GPU example: the dual core SGX543MP2 in the iPad mini is faster than the 12 core GPU in the Tegra 3. So just check out the benchmarks when you want to compare SOC's. Geekbench for cross platform CPU benching and GLBenchmark for cross-platform GPU benching.

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Apple A6 wins in most of those benchmarks. Here comes the fandroids hate posts! /popcorn ...dis gunna be good.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Too bad it doesn't take much to run an app drawer that hasn't been changed since 2007.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't hate jus admit the iPad 4 is a beast just like the nexus 10

23. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

there both great tablets thank you for admitting that. +1

73. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They sure r. If u think about it How can u go wrong either way.

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