Asus Eee Pad Transformer Review

Performance Benchmarks

Next, we'll take a look at how the Eee Pad Transformer 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

Surprisingly, though the Transformer is based on the exact same dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of DDR2 RAM, it handily outpaced the Motorola Xoom and the ViewSonic gTablet, the latter of which was running Android 2.2.  We asked Asus why their Honeycomb slate was so much faster and we were told that the company worked very closely with Google to optimize performance wherever possible.

Graphics testing
Android graphics testing

An3DBench is a benchmarking tool based on an Android port of the jPCT 3D engine.  The app runs 7 tests in total that look at graphics processor fill rate and complex rendering workloads and scenes.  We also were able to run some tests with An3DBenchXL, which is a newer version of the app that is significantly more demanding.

Once again, in both versions of this 3D graphics benchmark, the Asus Transformer puts out scores that are on par with or lead the pack. When the Transformer leads, it's roughly 10+ percent faster than competitive Android tablets, either running Honeycomb or Android 2.2 (Froyo). 

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