At the iPad keynote last week, Apple said the spanking new iPad Air 2 was capable of console-quality graphics, and ultimately a bit of a gaming beast.
That notion is given credence by spanking new benchmark results that see the iPad Air 2 giving the former champion a run for his money, namely the NVIDIA Shield Tablet.
We’re looking at GFX Benchmark results (via GSMArena) for graphical performance, a category formerly dominated by the NVIDIA Shield Tablet and the Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9, both of which are powered by the Tegra K1 processor.
Measuring raw GPU power, the iPad Air 2 actually bests the NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 in 1080p offscreen tests, and isn’t far off the top in onscreen results (the iPad Air 2 scores slightly lower than the Shield since it has a higher resolution).
Further test results – from Geekbench, relayed by Apple Insider – suggest the Apple A8X processor puts pretty much every other tablet to shame, in both single- and multi-core performance.
The 64-bit Tegra K1-fuelled Google Nexus 9 unsurprisingly improves upon the 32-bit Tegra K1-powered NVIDIA Shield tablet, but it’s still some way behind the iPad Air 2 in multi-core performance.
Of course, this stuff is largely the domain of the mega-geek. Give us some real-word side-by-side comparisons any day of the week. But in any case, it looks like the iPad Air 2 is indeed a bit of a beast.