Apple iPad 10.2 (8th Gen.) Benchmark Scores Are Impressive

The new Apple iPad 10.2 that's simply known as “the iPad” was released this Friday for $329, and the benchmark scores for it demonstrates that this tablet offers the most amount of power for the least amount of money in the second half of 2020.

That's not really much of a surprise, but to put it into perspective, let's look at the benchmark scores.

The new 2020 model iPad 10.2 was upgraded from the quad-core 2.32 GHz Apple A10 processor with Apple M10 motion co-processor and 3GB LPDDR4 SDRAM, to the hexa-core 2.49 GHz Apple A12 Bionic processor with the Apple M12 motion co-processor and 3GB LPDDR4X SDRAM. The largest gain is in the graphics performance, which has a smoothening effect on GPU intensive apps like games.

So what's the effect? In Geekbench 5, the benchmark scores between the 7th gen. and 8th gen. iPad 10.2 went up from an average of 775 to 1120 in single core, and from 1400 to 2775 in multi-core scores, which is an impressive performance boost.

In Antutu the combined benchmark scores shot up from 250,000 to 450,000.

And when we compare the new iPad through the more longstanding Geekbench 4 benchmark scores, it achieves single-core scores of up to at least 4793, and at least 9731 in multi-core scores.

So to put that into perspective, the Intel Core i5 version of the Surface Pro 7 achieves a single-core score of between 4800 and 5400.

So it's noteworthy that a $329 iPad can keep up with a Windows tablet that's nearly 2 times more expensive.

– Jim Miller
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