Over the last couple of days, most of our benchmark tests were focused on the iPad 2 processor, to see how much additional performance the new Apple A5 was able to offer over its predecessor. Our tests showed a performance gain of at least 35 percent, and up to 65 percent, depending on the test. This new batch of tests is focused on the new graphics engine that comes with the iPad 2, the PowerVR SGX543MP2. During the iPad 2 announcement keynote last week, Steve Jobs promised a performance increase of up to nine times, so we decided to double-check his claims. Hardware
- First generation iPad, restored to iOS 4.3 (build 8F190) – Apple A4 / SGX535 GPU
- Second generation iPad, restored to iOS 4.3 (build 8F191) – Apple A5 / SGX543MP2 GPU
Left: First generation iPad – Right: iPad 2After thoughts When it comes to graphics performance, the iPad 2 is a screamer. If you happen to be a gamer, expect a slew of new games to come to the iPad 2 very soon, with better 3D performance, and dramatically improved graphics.