4th Gen iPad Comes with Much More Powerful Graphics

When the fourth generation iPad was announced during the October Apple event, it was described as being twice as fast as the third generation iPad, with an A6X chip instead of an A5X chip.

That impressive speed increase has now been confirmed with the first examination of the GPU and benchmark results, which comes straight from Anandtech.

Apple’s A5X chip featured two ARM Cortex A9 cores running at 1GHz paired with four PowerVR SGX 543 cores running at 250MHz. It also came equipped with four 32-bit LPDDR2 memory controllers.

The A6X chip has the same memory interface along with two Swift cores that run at 1.4GHz, but the big news is that the GPU has been significantly upgraded – the fourth generation iPad sports the PowerVR SGX 554.

So how does the new hardware translate when it comes to benchmarking? It’s performing at a higher capacity than the third generation iPad, indicating some impressive speed increases.

The fourth generation iPad scored significantly higher on the triangle tests, up by 65 percent over the previous iPad.

The tablet also scored very well on the Egypt HD test at 2048 x 1536, with double the performance.

According to these benchmarks, the newest iPad comes equipped with hardware that offers a significant performance boost over the third generation iPad. To see the full benchmark scores, make sure to check out the Anandtech website.

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