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New benchmark puts Nvidia and Apple mobile chips ahead of Intel's Atom

Gordon Mah Ung | Nov. 19, 2014
TabletMark V3 now supports iOS and Android for productivity and photo editing tests.

If you're wondering how beefier "tablets" fared, wonder no more. I ran TabletMark on all iterations of the Surface Pros I had access to, as well as Lenovo's new Yoga 3 Pro convertible, which runs Intel's Core M CPU. Interestingly, from a cumulative numerical score perspective, the Surface Pro 3 fared the best, although the Yoga 3 Pro came in slightly faster in the photo and video tests. We'd guess that means BAPCo feels photo and video chores are more important, and weights these tests more highly in the cumulative score.

TabletMark V3 looks pretty solid as a cross-platform benchmark, but it won't be the last word in performance testing. To make the benchmark run across all of the platforms, BAPCo had to write the apps from scratch to simulate photo, video, browsing and email. BAPCo said it used all available APIs on each platform, but many enthusiasts will still gripe that BAPCo should have used other methods. The benchmark is based on real-world use cases, but it remains something of a synthetic kludge in the end to get it to work across all the different operating systems.

That said, TabletMark V3 is the only benchmark with such widespread vendor support, and it's a pretty good tool for anyone who wants to assess tablet performance across multiple platforms.

BAPCo's new test is already available in Google Play and the Windows Store for free. If you want to run it, you'll need a 7-inch minimum screen size with a resolution of 1024x768, 2GB of RAM and 2GB of storage. The benchmark supports 64-bit ARM and x86 chips, and will run on Windows 8.1, Android 4.3 and iOS 7 and higher.

So where does your tablet fall? Download TabletMark V3, give it a whirl and let the bickering begin.

 

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