Toshiba Thrive 7 Review, Honeycomb at 7 Inches

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Performance Benchmarks

Next, we'll take a look at how the Toshiba Thrive 7 compares to other tablets by running a few common benchmarks that are currently available in the Android Marketplace.  The first two tests are general purpose computing type benchmarks.

CPU testing
Android CPU testing

Linpack measures floating point compute power of the Android operating system and the processor driving it. Here, all of our Tegra 2 based competitors running Android 3.2 appear to be pretty much on par with each other, though the Thrive 7 did bring up the rear by a small margin.  The Tegra 3 tablet has an obvious performance advantages with NVIDIA's new quad-core System-on-a-Chip.

SunSpider tests the tablet's Javascript performance, and since Javascript is widely used around the web, this test is loosely indicative of browser performance with each of the slates we tested.  Here the Thrive 7 once again falls right in line with other Tegra 2-based tablets in its class but the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus' Exynos SoC (and some tweaks on the software side) shows a significant performance advantage.

With BrowserMark we see a similar outcome.  The Thrive 7 rolls in with the rest of the Tegra 2 tablets, but can't catch either the Transformer Prime Tegra 3 based slate or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

Graphics Testing
Android graphics testing


GLBenchmark is new to our 3D performance benchmark set.  The test suite is an OpenGL ES 2.0 benchmark with a number of performance metrics incorporated in it.  We specifically use the Fill Texture Fetch suite to measure raw texture fill rate of a graphics core and the Egypt Off Screen test to measure 3D performance in frames per second.  The Off Screen test renders workloads at 1280x720 for all devices, but off-screen, so Vsynch and screen refresh are not limiting performance.

Once again, in both versions of this 3D graphics benchmark, the Toshiba Thrive 7 puts out scores that are on par with competitive Honeycomb-based Tegra 2 solutions. 

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