At this point in the performance narrative of i...Things, I've gotten accustomed to each new iteration of the iPad or iPhone becoming demonstrably faster than the last. I'm not talking strictly about frame rates in games either. App load times, movie encoding, and app download speeds are all things that seem to noticeably improve with each new iOS device.
However, with the announcement that the new iPad's A5X processor would only see an upgrade in its graphical capabilities over the A5, I have to admit to being more than a bit disappointed.
Still, there's no way to know for sure what improvements or lack of improvements to general performance there are without rolling up your sleeves, using a little elbow grease, hunkering down, and doing some testing.
Honestly, conducting these types of tests is something I genuinely enjoy so no need to thank me, I'd likely be doing it even if CNET wasn't constantly driving dump trucks of money to my house. Really, they are (not really).
Since I know how much you love things you can read, I've organized the results into an easily digestible chart. Check... [Read more]