GPU Performance

The increase in memory bandwidth from using DDR3-1600 memory should improve 3D performance as well as maintain general UI perf. To find out we turned to GLBenchmark 2.1. Let's start with the synthetics:

GLBenchmark 2.1 - Fill Test

The fill rate test shows a greater than 20% increase in performance, all due to memory bandwidth. We saw a jump with the TF Pad 300 for similar reasons as well.

GLBenchmark 2.1 - Triangle Test (Textured, Fragment Lit)

GLBenchmark 2.1 - Triangle Test (White)

Triangle throughput hasn't changed, which makes sense because there's no increase in processing power or GPU clock speed. Let's look at the impact on simulated gameplay however. First up are the offscreen, 720p results:

GLBenchmark 2.1 - Egypt - Offscreen 720p

As we've surmized in the past, GLBenchmark's tests are largely compute bound - thus the 11% increase in performance over the Transformer Prime isn't too surprising at 720p.

GLBenchmark 2.1 - Pro - Offscreen 720p

The older Pro test is less compute limited and here we see nearly a 20% increase in performance thanks to the higher bandwidth memory subsystem. The real question is whether or not DDR3-1600 is enough to drive a game at the panel's native 1920 x 1200 resolution.

GLBenchmark 2.1 - Egypt (Standard)

Although hardly the most visually complex demonstration in the world, the Egypt benchmark does show us that over 30 fps is possible at 1920 x 1200. GPU performance is obviously shy of what Apple crammed into the next-generation iPad, but it can be sufficient for the Infinity.

GLBenchmark 2.1 - Pro (Standard)

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  • melgross - Monday, June 25, 2012 - link

    What a load of bull. Reply
  • ltphilpot - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    Yeah I'm going to call this HOGWASH!!

    My wife has an orignal iPad and I have an iPad 2. We have never experienced any of the problems that you describe. I freaking hate dishonest trolls, you guys are ridiculous.

    If an app has an issue the app shuts down, in 5 years of using iOS I have never had iOS just dump on me! Apps quit and act up.

    When someone refers to an iPad as a toy, that's my number one indicator that they have never had one or they just have no clue what they are doing. I work in IT and use my iPad for work to remotely manage servers (when I'm out of the office) and I get plenty of productive business done on it!
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  • Screammit - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    This sounds more like an excuse to carry a toy around, rather than a tool to do more work. Reply
  • DeciusStrabo - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    I had iOS crash on my a couple of times (iPad 2). I don't hold it against it, it's just a tad less stable than my Samsung Galaxy S II on CM9, but it's perfectly useable in this regard, we're talking maybe 4 crashes in a year. Apps (even Apple Apps) crash regularly though. Not annoyingly often, but regularly. Not what I would describe as crash-happy. But also not the mythical "never crashes at all" some people like to claim online. Reply
  • DeciusStrabo - Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - link

    I'm one who is looking to jump ship from the (for me personally) too limiting iOS to Android (iPad 2 here). So this tablet looks mighty interesting. Reply
  • Lepton87 - Monday, June 25, 2012 - link

    When apple do it- The display is the most gorgeous one I have ever seen. Everything looks painted on. I won't ever look at any display the same.

    When samsung does it: The text look a little crisper and that's it.
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  • weiran - Monday, June 25, 2012 - link

    Look at the comparison yourself, the difference is much smaller compared to the iPad 2 -> 3 transition. Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, June 25, 2012 - link

    That's possibly because the Android devices didn't look quite so much like crap in the first place... Reply
  • EnzoFX - Monday, June 25, 2012 - link

    You are so lost if that's really all you got from it. Try reading the articles better. Reply
  • sawilson - Monday, June 25, 2012 - link

    You do know that Samsung makes the screen for the iPad 3 right lol. In fact they make 50 percent of the parts in the thing.

    I own the iPad3. I own the TFP. The colors and brightness and contrast are better on the TFP. The iPad3 is useless outside, and in bright light. The TFP is already a much better tablet than the iPad3. The Infinity just improves on an already industry best design. If you owned both, you'd know it just holding them. Asus makes a much better tablet than apple.
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