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iPad vs. iPad 2: Graphics and Benchmark Comparison

When Apple revealed the iPad 2 we heard how the it had twice the processing power and nine times the graphics performance when compared to its predecessor, a recent article posted on IGN compares the two side-by-side and it is obvious that the iPad 2 is much more powerful.

Let’s start with benchmark scores, obviously benchmarks do not truly represent real-world performance, however they give us a a rough idea of a device’s capabilities, IGN ran the GLBenchmark triangles-per-second and multi-textured fill rate tests on the iPad and iPad 2, the original iPad delivered near on 6 million per second, whilst the iPad 2 came close to 10 million. In the multi-textured fill rate test the original iPad produced about 228 million texels (texture pixels) per second, whilst the iPad 2 came close to a billion.

As you can see the iPad 2 wiped the floor with the original iPad, but what about in-game graphics? Well, let’s start by saying that developers have not yet had a chance to develop games which fully utilize the iPad 2’s impressive hardware, that said you can see a difference in some existing games.

If you check out IGN’s article you can see gameplay videos and comparison screenshots for Infinity Blade, Real Racing 2 HD, Dead Space HD and Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, for me the most noticeable difference was seen in the Real Racing 2 HD screenshots, you can see this below (click it for a larger resolution image).

As you can see the screens do not look a great deal better, however we will probably see developers come up with better-looking games in the coming months, which games would you like to play on your iPad 2?

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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