“Apple’s new A8X Application Processor not only trounces other Android tablets in CPU tasks, but is also advancing iPad Air 2 to the front of the line in graphics operations as well, even before considering the ten-fold boost potential of iOS 8’s Metal API,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.
“Kishonti Informatics’ GFXBench OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.0 benchmarks for top performing tablets give iPad Air 2 a comfortable lead over the Google-branded, HTC-built Nexus 9, powered by the ‘Denver’ Tegra K1 Application Processor, despite Nvidia’s core competency in developing GPUs,” Dilger reports. “GFXBench renders video-game style graphics to demonstrate the core capabilities of the GPU.”
“Compared to Nexus 9, iPad Air 2 scored 13 percent higher in Open GL 3.0 and 28.9 percent faster using Open GL 2.0, despite the Nexus 9’s Tegra K1 being clocked 60 percent faster,” Dilger reports. “In CPU operations, iPad Air 2 performed GeekBench multiple-core tests 39 percent faster. Both Application Processors are designed with 64-bit CPU cores using the ARMv8 instruction set, although the A8X uses three CPU cores to the K1’s two… Apple’s latest A8X Application Processor further enhances the graphics power for iPad Air 2, beating not only Nvidia’s Kepler mobile GPU but even more soundly trouncing a series of top-scoring Android tablets powered by Intel Atom (with the ‘Bay Trail Intel HD’ GPU), Qualcomm Snapdragon (with an Adreno GPU), or even Samsung’s yet to be released new Exynos Application Processor (which uses an ARM Mali GPU).”
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