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Benchmarks on Third-Generation iPad Reveal 1 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM

In addition to the just-surfaced unboxing video of the new iPad, Tinhte.vn also posts Geekbench benchmarks of the device, revealing that the device's A5X system-on-a-chip contains a 1 GHz application processor and 1 GB of RAM.


The new iPad received a total Geekbench score of 756, essentially identical to that of the iPad 2, although Geekbench only tests processor and memory performance and does not address graphics capabilities that are the focus of improvements in the A5X. The A5X offers the same 1 GHz CPU found in the A5, and bumps the RAM from 512 MB to 1 GB as had been predicted and suggested in leaked screenshots of a debug tool for the device.


Related roundup: iPad Air 2

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36 months ago
Who cares about the geekbench scores?
Does scrolling lag? No
Is it slow? No
Is it powerful enough to run the display? Yes
Does it run graphic intensive games well? Yes

To all you people who say "I won't buy it until its quad core" ect ect, I feel sorry for you!
Rating: 87 Votes
36 months ago
I'm so glad the memory was bumped up. That was the primary issue I was having with my iPad 1.
Rating: 33 Votes
36 months ago
I remember when the iPad 2 came out, and how many people said they wouldn't upgrade unless it had the Retina display. Now it has the Retina display and they won't upgrade till it has a Quad-core.

Whatever.
Rating: 25 Votes
36 months ago

great i just spent $500 on the exact same iPad i already have. man apple is starting to suck with these incremental updates!

Its easy to get away with on computers, but on disposable mobile Tech, you really need to beat yourself when releasing something new!


Lordy. I think John Gruber summed this up best:

But if a faster processor, more RAM, a double-the-resolution retina display, a better camera, and maybe even LTE networking make for a “modest” update, then what would it take for the iPad 3 to be deemed an immodest update? A fusion energy source? Teleportation? A camera that sees into the future?

Rating: 24 Votes
36 months ago

Who cares about the geekbench scores?
Does scrolling lag? No
Is it slow? No
Is it powerful enough to run the display? Yes
Does it run graphic intensive games well? Yes

To all you people who say "I won't buy it until its quad core" ect ect, I feel sorry for you!


Because without benchmarks the fandroids, have nothing to think their crap is better.
Rating: 17 Votes
36 months ago

great i just spent $500 on the exact same iPad i already have. man apple is starting to suck with these incremental updates!

Its easy to get away with on computers, but on disposable mobile Tech, you really need to beat yourself when releasing something new!


This is why it makes more sense to buy every second or third generation, that way you'll appreciate the upgrade more.
Rating: 16 Votes
36 months ago

great i just spent $500 on the exact same iPad i already have. man apple is starting to suck with these incremental updates!

Its easy to get away with on computers, but on disposable mobile Tech, you really need to beat yourself when releasing something new!


I'm sorry but I really don't understand this view at all. Yes, the CPU seems to be the same but:

a) The screen, GPU, RAM, camera and battery have ALL been upgraded, in the case of the screen and GPU to top of the range components (and the battery looks like it'd fall into the same category). As far as the end user experience is concerned that's a massive update not an incremental one.

b) It's not as if anyone is crying out for an improved CPU anyway. GPU yes, gotta feed that Retina display, CPU though, no. The iPad 2 is more than fast enough already, an incremental boost in speed probably wouldn't make much of a visible difference anyway. The only real way to give a significant increase is either increase the number of cores (battery issues, heat issues, the OS and apps have to make good use of more cores) or to shift to a new version of the CPU (ARM15, not yet ready).

Yet people get hung up on a single figure and that's that... I really don't understand some tech geeks anymore. :(
Rating: 15 Votes
36 months ago

But the extra RAM will be nice, considering a lot of websites won't have 2x resolution images for a while...

Nonsense. Websites don't have to be updated because you have more resolution on your screen...

great i just spent $500 on the exact same iPad i already have. man apple is starting to suck with these incremental updates!

Its easy to get away with on computers, but on disposable mobile Tech, you really need to beat yourself when releasing something new!

Dear Lord! Isn't 4 times more the amount of pixels, Quad Core GPU, double the RAM and LTE enough for this to be considered a good upgrade? Don't expect a revolution every time Apple comes up with a new version of the iPad every year, just the way you shouldn't with a new version of a Macbook.
Rating: 14 Votes
36 months ago
They improved exactly what needed improving. Nothing wrong or slow with the processing. But the graphics had to be upgraded.

Apple understands that balance well. Exactly what you need in power to guarantee a smooth snappy and responsive user experience, but no more power than needed to preserve the battery life - one of THE most raved about features of the iPad.

I am not doing simulations of Nuclear weapons degradation for the Pentagon with this thing.
Rating: 13 Votes
36 months ago

I will be keeping my ipad2 till the 4th gen then.


Ya because your iPad really needs a faster processor.... I cant roll my eyes enough. :rolleyes:
Rating: 11 Votes

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