iPad 2 Graphics Performance Review: It’s Smoking!

We’ve been bringing you all news of the Apple iPad 2, both before and after its release and recently have shown you a teardown look inside, news on some reported defects and also a reviews roundup where the conclusions were extremely favorable about this much-awaited device. Now we wanted to take a closer look at the graphics performance in particular and from what we can see, it’s smoking!

AnandTech (1 and 2) has been delving into the Apple A5 processor performance for the iPad 2, and benchmark tests have shown the speeds to be significantly faster than for the original iPad or for the Motorola Xoom which many had held up as a major contender in the tablet market. Sean Hollister over on Engadget reports that the graphical benchmarks are provided by the dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU and tests shows performances at 57.6 frames per second. Compare that to the original iPad at 17.6 fps or the Motorola Xoom with a Tegra 2.

The dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU has been clocked at around 900MHz to cut down on power consumption. The upcoming iPhone 5 is also expected to feature the Apple A5 chip and if it features the same GPU would certainly get the thumbs-up from gamers. For full benchmark results and comparisons with the original iPad and Motorola Xoom, hit the AnandTech links above.

If all this has made you want an iPad 2 then head to apple.com here for the iPad 2 product pages with everything you could need to know or see our iPad 2 information roundup. Are you impressed with the improved graphic performance of the Apple iPad 2? Let us know with your comments.