Anandtech puts Apple iPad 2‘s PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics chip through its paces, utilising the GLBenchmark 2.0 suite to test OpenGL ES 2.0 performance. Pitting it against the model it replaces – the iPad, and a Tegra2-powered Android tablet – Motorola Xoom. The benchmarking generates demanding tests from texture based and direct lighting, bump, environment, and radiance mapping, soft shadows, vertex shader based skinning, level of detail support, multi-pass deferred rendering, noise textures, to ETC1 texture compression.

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As expected, the iPad 2 whips the original iPad in every aspect. Apple claims 9x graphics performance gains over the predecessor. According to Anandtech, gains may not necessarily be in form of speed and frame rates alone, but also impressive details in visuals. The PowerVR SGX543MP2 which also powers Sony’s PSP 2 or (Next Generation Portable) NGP, also trounces the Motorola Xoom convincingly. Important note: Xoom runs at 1280 x 800 resolution whilst the iPads run at 1024 x 768. Not an Apple-to-Apple (pun intended) comparison but still impressive numbers. Check out the detailed report at Anandtech.
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