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  • iPad 2 Benchmarked


    Performance benchmarks run on the iPad 2 underscore what new tablet owners have seen for themselves: Apple wasn't exaggerating when they claimed that the second-generation tablet device is twice as fast is its predecessor. Tests done using common performance tools have shown improvement across the board, with floating point operations many times faster than the original iPad. While we won't know for sure until someone takes a saw to the chip, the results indicate that the A5 is packing dual Cortex-A9s.

    Apple never reveals what's inside its devices, and doesn't publish many specs on performance. This is purely a marketing gambit: Apple's competitors - as well as repair shops and technically adept users - promptly tear apart every device as soon as it's released. With the custom Apple system-on-a-chip (SoC) introduced with the iPhone 4, teardowns have gotten more complex. However, using performance testing software, it's possible to identify what's on the hood with a fair degree of certainty.

    Engadget used Geekbench to benchmark the review iPad 2 they got before it was released, and found that it had 512 MB of RAM a dual-core CPU clocked at 800 MHz. The Geekbench result of 721 was almost twice the original iPad's 375. And Anand Shimpi and his crew at AnandTech have done the most exhaustive benchmarking yet, getting detailed results from Geekbench, Linpack, JavaScript and browser speed tests. The floating point unit on the iPad 2 has 400% better performance than the original iPad, and integer calculations are closer to twice as fast. Memory bandwidth is also much improved, and the increased power shows up in both single- and multi-threaded tasks. Based on the results, Shimpi along with other observers is concluding that the heart of the A5 is a pair of Cortex-A9 cores and a dual-core PowerVR SGX545MP2 graphics coprocessor.

    What this means in the real world is that the iPad 2 gives much faster, smoother performance than the original, and that there's that much more horsepower to do things - like advanced graphics manipulation and video - that haven't even been tried on the iPad yet. It's worth remembering that the Geekbench score is referenced against a Power Mac G5 @ 1.6GHz, which gets 1000 on their combined test. The iPad 2's score of 721 puts it on a par with desktop computers like a 2005 PowerMac G4. Pretty impressive for a $500 device without a keyboard.

    Source: AnandTech
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 2 Benchmarked started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. nbsmatambo's Avatar
      nbsmatambo -
      lol, it can run @ 250mhz as long as its putting up these numbers i dont see wat the problem is...this isnt a **** measuring contest lol
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      How come my iPad get nearly a 100 more in my test? For geekbench. Total = 457

      Full results here. With MS plugins

      Full results here. Without MS plugins
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Apple as usual doing great job


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    1. fventura03's Avatar
      fventura03 -
      too bad theres nothing out there to take advantage of all that power, yet...
    1. phillphill's Avatar
      phillphill -
      Does IPad 2 and 4.3 support flash? I just sold my IPad 1 on craigslist. Most of the sites my kids use are flashed based and the IPad wasn't getting used very much...
    1. tampabuc2004's Avatar
      tampabuc2004 -
      Quote Originally Posted by phillphill View Post
      Does IPad 2 and 4.3 support flash? I just sold my IPad 1 on craigslist. Most of the sites my kids use are flashed based and the IPad wasn't getting used very much...
      No but you can use iSwifter and Skyfire to view flash based stuff on the ipad.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      Apple as usual doing great job


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      What are you talking about? The iPad 2 doesn't live up to my expectations at all.

      They didn't even improve batter life, or include thunderbolt or USB.
    1. tampabuc2004's Avatar
      tampabuc2004 -
      Has Anyone tested video files playing through the VLC App on the ipad2 yet? I wouldnt mind seeing how it handles some different types of file formats
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tampabuc2004 View Post
      Has Anyone tested video files playing through the VLC App on the ipad2 yet? I wouldnt mind seeing how it handles some different types of file formats
      Good point since i am interested to see if there are any problems with VLC player on the iPad 2. A lot of my videos are DIVX and they play just fine on my iphone 4. Granted Air Video will convert the files too if you use it to play stuff on your tv so I guess I don't have to worry too much. Just would be nice to know so I can upload them to my iPad 2 when I get back home.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by tampabuc2004 View Post
      Has Anyone tested video files playing through the VLC App on the ipad2 yet? I wouldnt mind seeing how it handles some different types of file formats
      Doesn't play 720p mkv files yet without being completely choppy. May just need the app to be updated too though.
    1. tampabuc2004's Avatar
      tampabuc2004 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Doesn't play 720p mkv files yet without being completely choppy. May just need the app to be updated too though.
      Yea thats not going to be happening anytime soon i think due to the lack of support due to gpl
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      I watched an iPad 2 commercial parody and it said that all we have to do is make the device a little smaller, faster, and add 2 cameras....people would go crazy over it. THEIR RIGHT!!!!!
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      What are you talking about? The iPad 2 doesn't live up to my expectations at all.

      They didn't even improve batter life, or include thunderbolt or USB.
      It's all in marketing. Apple adds more stuff to their new devices so people would want a reason to buy it.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by tampabuc2004 View Post
      Yea thats not going to be happening anytime soon i think due to the lack of support due to gpl
      Yeah, I was lazy and didn't feel like explaining that VLC has been pulled from the App Store... However, it doesn't play 720p mkvs smoothly in other currently provided apps such as OPlayer HD and CineXPlayer (doesn't even attempt to play them).
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      i think that despite the under clocking, its still really fast
    1. SirZyrion's Avatar
      SirZyrion -
      Honestly, I couldn't care less about the numbers as long as my EXPERIENCE with using the device is smooth, and I was more than satisfied with the original iPad's performance. I never bought one, but I'm about to as soon as iPad 2 supplies are replenished at Best Buy here in AZ.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by SirZyrion View Post
      Honestly, I couldn't care less about the numbers as long as my EXPERIENCE with using the device is smooth, and I was more than satisfied with the original iPad's performance. I never bought one, but I'm about to as soon as iPad 2 supplies are replenished at Best Buy here in AZ.
      then don't read or comment
    1. I Love Taylor <3's Avatar
      I Love Taylor <3 -
      512MB is alot more then 256MB which the iPod Touch 4G features.


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    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Here is my take on the RAM business with the iPad 2. I believe, but do not have really anything to back it up other than others comments, that the iPad 2 will be just fine with 512 Mb of RAM since the operating system will be built around that and will operate well enough on how the RAM and operating system interact with each other.

      Now with the other devices with 1 Gb of RAM, IMO, they may need it due to the operating systems being different along with different UIs and each having different loads on the processor and RAM included with that device. So in that instance they may need the extra RAM to compensate for that.

      Do I wish the iPad had 1 Gb of RAM, hell yeah!!!!! But can I live with the 512 Mb, Yes!

      This is just my opinion though and is subject to any ridicual anyone would like to interject here since there is still freedom of speech in the country, or so I am told at least.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      What you said pretty much hits the nail on the head.