While Apple's new iPad won't be available until Friday, some users have gotten their hands on the new models and done some preliminary benchmarks. A Vietnamese site, tinhte.vn, posted a screenshot of GeekBench running on the new iPad (model iPad3,3) which showed a score of 756 and a 1.00GHz ARMv7 processor. For comparison, the GeekBench score of iPad 2 is 751, which confirms that the GeekBench reading of the frequency is indeed correct. 

Image courtesy of tinhte.vn

In a nutshell, the processor in A5X is largely the same as in A5: We are looking at two Cortex-A9 cores running at up to 1.0GHz. Some people were anticipating an increase in the clock speed as A5X is expected to be 32nm while A5 was based on older 45nm process node, but it appears that Apple used all the gains of a smaller process node for better graphics. 

The GeekBench screenshot also confirms 1GB of RAM, although that was fairly certain even before the release thanks to leaked screenshots.

The GPU, especially its frequency, is still a mystery but hopefully we will be able to get our hands on the new iPad as soon as possible and start testing. 

Source: Tinhte.vn

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  • Zink - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - link

    With the right bench Tegra 3 could be shown to have 3 times the CPU performance.
  • zorxd - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - link

    at 1.5 GHz, absolutely.
  • Kristian Vättö - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - link

    Definitely, if tested under the right circumstances. ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity will have Tegra 3 running at up to 1.6GHz, so it would smoke the A5X when it comes to raw CPU performance. Then again, when it comes to GPU performance, A5X is 2-3 times faster (see the links below and compare T3 with iPad 3)

  • Steelbom - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    Keep in mind that the difference may (and likely will imo) grow to four times at higher resolutions.
  • tipoo - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    Resolutions that Tegra 3 won't likely be paired with, I'm guessing. By the time Android tablets get resolutions like this iPad we'll be on to the next Tegra.
  • Steelbom - Saturday, March 17, 2012 - link

    The TF700 is coming out in a few months with a 1920x1200 resolution. That's going to be a significant work load for the Tegra 3 in games, at current clock speeds. I'm not sure if they can go any higher though.
  • tipoo - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - link

    Yup, with twice as many cores and clocked higher the T3 would smoke the A5X in raw compute performance. The thing is, most apps won't use all four cores though, so the difference probably won't be that large. We'll see if Tegra Zone games really take off, that might be one of the few things that will use four cores.
  • Steelbom - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    That would be a little deceptive if they did that though, Apple did say it was only in graphics that it was faster.
  • Steelbom - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - link

    Is it possible for me to sort these comments so I see the new ones at the top of the article instead of the bottom on page four?

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