M1-powered iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) ends up slightly behind M1-powered MacBook Air in AnTuTu
Benchmarks for the new iPad Pro (2021) tablets continue to roll in – earlier today we saw the slates blow past the competition in Geekbench, now the AnTuTu team has announced the scorecard from their benchmark. AnTuTu tests not only the CPU, but also the GPU, memory, and overall software performance.
The tested tablet, an iPad Pro 12.9 (2021), was equipped with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage space. A direct comparison with a MacBook Air (of course also powered by the Apple M1 chipset) shows that the laptop is a bit faster. Note that it only had 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space. Also note that the laptop ran the iOS version of the benchmark.
AnTuTu results: iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) (16 GB / 1 TB) • MacBook Air (8/512 GB) • iPhone 12 Pro (6/256 GB)
In any case, both units have only passive cooling for the chipset. Still, the laptop did a better job with it, and the benchmarket shows an advantage of about 17% in CPU performance, the GPU is marginally faster. Memory score is lower, but this is due to the lower capacity of both RAM and storage.
Compared to an iPhone 12, the new iPad Pro is significantly faster in almost all categories (only UX score is close), no surprises here. Apple M1 and A14 chipsets use the same CPU and GPU cores, it’s just that the M1 has several of them – four large CPU cores (vs. two), four small (vs. four) and eight GPU cores ( vs. fire).