Originally Posted by coachmark2
Very interesting.... the iPad is definitely the king of the ARM world if this benchmark is to be relied upon. I mean it absolutely murders anything not running a Core i3.
Then again, HD 4000 and the x86 crew smash the iPad and the rest of the ARM gang.... at 3x the power consumption.
This sums it up well:
The big question here is how quickly Intel can scale its power down vs. how quickly can the ARM guys scale their performance up. Claiming ARM (and its partners) can't build high performance hardware is just as inaccurate as saying that Intel can't build low power hardware. Both camps simply chose different optimization points on the power/performance curve, and both are presently working towards building what they don't have. The real debate isn't whether or not each side is capable of being faster or lower power, but which side will get there first, reliably and with a good business model.
The iPad still fall shorts in CPU related tasks then it's competitors. Apple has only led the markets in the GPU sector. And, to be frank, touched based games, for the most part, have been silly. And there really isn't any special professional software out there for the device either.
With 3x the performance and merely a small difference in battery life between the two, you can effectively divide the iPad's battery life by 3 in order to compare each system in terms of actual productivity. Let alone, then you need to throw out all the software capabilities the Surface Pro and Razer Edge has. I'm never going back to a tablet OS again.