The A5X processor found in the new iPad was claimed to perform 4x better than NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip. With a quad-core GPU, the new chip was also said to boast twice the graphics output compared with the iPad 2. Initial test showed a little validation of the claim to be true but another test by IGN suggests otherwise.
According to the tests, the iPad 2 performs better than the new iPad!, surprised?. Well apparently the A5X chip loses its charm while powering the new Retina display. However when the display is turned off, then the performance is better than the iPad 2, but what’s the point if it performs better if the screen is turned off ?.
However following are the benchmarks: GeekBench for raw CPU power, GLBenchmark 2.1 Egypt, and GLBenchmark 2.1 Pro for graphics. In addition, those “off-screen” GLBenchmark tests allowed the A5X to be tested minus the Retina display.
The iPad 2 scored higher than the third-gen iPad in both tests, although both topped the Android tablets but still the new iPad is rather disappointing when it comes to raw processing power.
In the off-screen tests, the A5X produced 15,412 frames at a rate of 138 FPS, compared to 10,143 frames at 90 FPS for the iPad 2.The A5X beat the Tegra 3 when not powering the Retina display, although results did suggest Schiller’s 4X claims were a little exaggerated.