Tuesday, March 20th 2012

Don't Expect Better Browser Performance from New iPad: Futuremark Peacekeeper Team

Futuremark, the world leader in performance benchmarking software, today released the first benchmark results for the new iPad using Peacekeeper, its free to use browser speed test. While web pages may look sharper on the new iPad’s improved display, the benchmark results show that the browsing performance of the new iPad is the same as the iPad 2, suggesting that the computational processing power in both devices is near identical. http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/results?key=stats

Peacekeeper is an HTML5 based browser performance test that can be used to measure and compare the performance of any browser on any Internet capable device, from desktops and notebooks, to tablets and smartphones. What’s more, as a device's browser performance is strongly linked to the power of its CPU, Peacekeeper offers a straightforward way to compare the performance of competing devices regardless of differences in operating system.

Popular tablets ranked by browser performance as measured by Peacekeeper (higher scores are better):
  • Acer Iconia W500 (Windows 8 consumer preview) - Peacekeeper score 405
  • Apple iPad 3rd gen (iOS 5.1) - Peacekeeper score 384
  • Apple iPad 2 (iOS 5.1) - Peacekeeper score 383
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Peacekeeper score 356
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime (Android 4.0.3) - Peacekeeper score 344
  • Apple iPad 1st gen (iOS 5.1) - Peacekeeper score 234
Peacekeeper offers a simple and easy way to compare any browser on any device. Peacekeeper is free to use, you don’t have to register and the test takes just 5 minutes to run. In fact, all you need to do is to press one button. Try it now!
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11 Comments on Don't Expect Better Browser Performance from New iPad: Futuremark Peacekeeper Team

#1
amdftw
SGS2 with official ICS 500+ score. Apple, apple...:shadedshu
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#2
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
Sounds more like the browser is mostly single threaded. ie the extra processing power can't be utilized.

Edit: 437 for Firefox in a Hyper-V guest via RDP.
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#3
NdMk2o1o
I thought the processing power hadn't changed they had simply improved the GPU and upped the res?
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#4
random
by: NdMk2o1o
I thought the processing power hadn't changed they had simply improved the GPU and upped the res?
I think the CPU is a revision of the A5 found in the iPad 2 etc. they call it the A5X now so yeah you're right the processing power should still be somewhat similar.
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#5
RejZoR
Isn't A5 single core and A5X a dual core? At least i remember this info from the iPhone 4S pamphlets...
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#6
timmyisme22
The A5 and the A5X are the same dual core CPU. The GPU is the upgraded part. It's been mentioned on almost every single press-release before and during yet people still think the CPU is faster...


...sigh.
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#7
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
1615 for IE9 on my rig. HTML5 capability 3/7
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#8
joyman
1662pts 6/7 html5 on Firefox 11 Acer e-machines 732G.
My home rig in the sig did 2440pts 4/7 html5 again FF11, strange on the html5 tests...
Opera on my Optimus P990 cannot render the spheres of the WebGL test...
On the def browser on P990 I got 191pts 1/7 html5 - def android 2.2.2
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#9
wickerman
by: RejZoR
Isn't A5 single core and A5X a dual core? At least i remember this info from the iPhone 4S pamphlets...
The A4 is a single core chip with SGX 535 graphics and between 256 and 512mb of ram depending on where it was used (Apple TV, iPad, iPod, or iPhone 4). The A5 up to this point were all dual core with SGX 543MP2 graphics and 512mb of ram.

The new Apple TV uses a modified A5 design that uses a single Cortex-A9 core (with NEON SIMD) instead of the traditional dual core design, but still has the SGX 543MP2 dual graphics engine as far as we can tell, and still has 512mb of ram (instead of only 256mb and SGX 535 graphics of the A4 single core design)

The A5X used in the iPad 3 is still a dual core Cortex-A9 1ghz design like the A5, but uses the quad engine PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU.

The iPhone 4S uses the dual core A5, like the iPad 2 and has 512mb of ram but the only difference is the cores are clocked at 800 MHz instead of 1Ghz. Uses the same SGX543MP2 graphics as the A5.
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#10
yogurt_21
moot point when neither will max out their browser speed and the ipad2 doesn't support 4g.

while the performance may be similar on wifi, when actually mobile as the device is designed for; the ipad3 can use the full functionality whereas the 2 won't be effective at multitasking on the net, face chat, etc.

my original motorala droid had plenty of speed for browsing compared with the network. There literally has been no need to improve on the processing power except for gaming (which even then the games that require it have a horrible interface) and to sell newer and newer device clones with hardy any changes.
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#11
Inceptor
Nearly all iOS apps utilize one core only.
And as far as I know, the 'multitasking' on iOS is something akin to the preemptive/cooperative multitasking of Windows 3.1.
Everything is engineered to provide the lowest energy usage, and so, best battery life.
Surprised?
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