iPad 2 benchmarks destroy Motorola Xoom

iPad 2’s GPU is Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX 543MP2. “Architecturally the 543MP2 has more than twice the compute horsepower of the SGX 535 used in Apple’s A4,” Anand Lal Shimpi reports for AnandTech. As always we turn to GLBenchmark 2.0, a benchmark crafted by a bunch of developers who either have or had experience doing development work for some of the big dev houses in the industry.”

iPad 2 benchmarks - Fill Rate -Texture Fetch

MacDailyNews Note: AnandTech confirmed to MacDailyNews that both the original iPad and the iPad 2 that they benchmarked were running iOS 4.3.

iPad 2 benchmarks - GLBenchmark 2.0 Egypt

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Xoom is extremely well-named. Soon the only way to see a Xoom will be to dig one up.

Good news for those who have been afflicted with a Motorola Xoom via Verizon Wireless: You may return or exchange your Motorola Xoom purchased from Verizon Wireless within 14 days of purchase. Not-so-good news: A restocking fee of $70 applies to any return or exchange of a Motorola Xoom (excluding Hawaii).

Verizon Wireless offers more info about how to return your Xoom so you can go get the iPad you really wanted here.

[Attribution: Electronista. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]

61 Comments

  1. Derek:

    Once again, shut up.

    My posts are objective. “I like the iPad 2… it’s fast… the XOOM has its problems…”

    What’s at issue: not really Android vs iOS, etc. What’s the core processing of the Nvidia Tegra 2 and the A5.

    YOU HAVE NOT REFUTED ANY DATA THAT SHOWS THE NVIDIA BESTING THE A5 ON THE LINKED TO TEST.

    The reality is there are some conflicts on benchmarks right now. Therefore, I am taking this test, and Anands, etc. with a grain of salt. Just because Anandtech didn’t say that they were unsure of what the results meant doesn’t mean they’re confident with their numbers, either.

    As for the author saying that Apple is blazing it’s own trail, if you read the comments, you would have seen:

    “So from these results where the Tegra 2 outperforms the A5 in two out of three tests you conclude “As in many other things, it looks like Apple is truly blazing its own trail when it comes to mobile processors.” That’s bizarre…but whatever…typically PCMag….might as well rename it AppleMag.”

    Author responds:

    “Blazing a new trail just means that it’s heading in its own direction.”

    1. “YOU HAVE NOT REFUTED ANY DATA THAT SHOWS THE NVIDIA BESTING THE A5 ON THE LINKED TO TEST.”

      This might be more interesting if it were the case that customers bought raw Tegras or A5s. They don’t.

      They buy a system, including both hardware and software, and what they pay for is the total functionality brought to them by that total system.

      This is only one problem that comes with basing your decision on one or even a collection of benchmarks.

  2. Nope, not a fandroid. I’m an iPad user. I don’t think, based on this, that Anandtech’s numbers are correct.

    Go corporate astroturf someone else.

    ANANDTECH’S NUMBERS DO NOT ADD UP.

    ANANDTECH’S NUMBERS DO NOT ADD UP.

    ANANDTECH’S NUMBERS DO NOT ADD UP.

    1. lol.

      ADFSFSAD DOESN’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CPUS AND GPUS

      ADFSFSAD DOESN’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CPUS AND GPUS

      ADFSFSAD DOESN’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CPUS AND GPUS

      Look, either you’re confused or you’re trolling. Maybe both.

      1. ADFSFSAD KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CPUS AND GPUS

        ADFSFSAD KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CPUS AND GPUS

        ADFSFSAD KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CPUS AND GPUS

        The Stockfish chess program, which calculates possible chess moves; and a little app called BenchIt, whose CPU component just calculates Pi.

        Stockfish: iPad 2: 142, XOOM: 207.7 (higher is better)
        BenchIt Pi: iPad 2: 953, XOOM: 735 (lower is better)

        SUCK IT.

        1. My point is that the XOOM’s CPU beats the A5 on processing power alone based on these benchmarks. The Tegra 2 chip on several benchmarks is touted to be the best mobile GPU going right now. Anyone who believes that Apple’s GPU is several hundred percent better is drinking some serious koolaid. It doesn’t make sense, other than there being some software issues. That means the hardware in the XOOM itself is not so much worse than Apple’s as these numbers would have you believe. Other benchmarks on other devices have frame rates double and triple what you’re seeing here.

          It’s likely Gingerbread… software. Let’s not blame the XOOM’s hardware.

          1. The Apple GPU is several hundred percent better and the evidence is poking you in the face, but YOU refuse to see it because of your Android derangement syndrome. Anandtech’s is a very sophisticated testing site. He knows what he is doing. Apple has claimed up to a NINE TIMES improvement in graphics handling and these figures are right in line with that claim… Bearing out other sites’ tests as well. You can obfuscate til you are blue in the face and point to irrelevant CPU benchmarks, but that does not invalidate these benchmarks that blow the Xoom And others out of the water. They will catch up… It’ll just take some time…

          2. So…….it’s the software eh? The “New” Fandroid tired and played go-to line is “Just wait for the next version of Android, it will eat Apple’s lunch” Two words: perpetual beta.

            Also, it sounds like it to me you are desperate for the Xoom to succeed……You seem to be spending an awful lot of time on a Pro-Apple site trying to convince us “fans” that we don’t now what we are talking about. No one is listening to you here. Go find some pro-android site and be happier. Like most other Apple haters, you JUST DON’T GET IT. You are yet another tech geek who is getting all wrapped up in tech specs, supposed freedom of Android, etc. and like everyone else, cannot see the forest for the trees.

        2. You are truly an idiot! The Stockfish and PI calculation tests run by PCMagazine are purely CPU intensive tests that do not hit the GPU capabilities of either machine. Your link proves nothing about Anandtech’s tests and GPU benchmarks except your ignorance and your bias. You have been refuted!

          1. You’re an idiot swordmaker… who can’t read past one sentence.

            “My point is that the XOOM’s CPU beats the A5 on processing power alone based on these benchmarks. The Tegra 2 chip on several benchmarks is touted to be the best mobile GPU going right now. Anyone who believes that Apple’s GPU is several hundred percent better is drinking some serious koolaid. It doesn’t make sense, other than there being some software issues. That means the hardware in the XOOM itself is not so much worse than Apple’s as these numbers would have you believe. Other benchmarks on other devices have frame rates double and triple what you’re seeing here.

            It’s likely Gingerbread… software. Let’s not blame the XOOM’s hardware.”

  3. Independent tests show when thrown in a trout stream, the xoom will hit the bottom 1.2 times faster and provide more weight at rest. This test adds vital confirmation to the argument that xoom performs a function better than the iPad, that being an effective trout line anchor, if only motorola could put some loops on the corners.

  4. Android sucks. The only good thing about it is that it is intended to simulate the iOS. But since it doesn’t even get close, what is the point of it. Ordered by iPad 2 and now patiently awaiting it’s arrival.

    1. ah man… did you really have to say that last sentence in your comment out loud…. haha

      The iPad 1 was released in South Africa only on the 27th January 2011!!! UNBELIEVABLE! and I want the iPad 2 so badly! 😀 this sucks hehe
      i’m jealous…

  5. I returned my iPad 2 after 4 days…almost worthless…crippled web browsing, horrible viewing angles, worst apple device in quite some time. waste of time and money.

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