Performance: CPU and GPU
In addition to using the ASUS MeMO Tab Smart 10 and VivoTab Smart in a variety of everyday usage scenarios, we also conducted some formal performance testing to see how well the devices compared to each other and the competition.
In the Linpack benchmark, the iPad 3 led the pack, though the MeMO Pad Smart 10 was able to hang with the competition in both the single and mutli-threaded runs. We don't have a VivoTab Smart score since Linkpack isn't compatible with Windows.
Here's where the NVIDIA Tegra 3 foundation of the MeMO Pad Smart 10 shows its legs. It ran well ahead of the competition, which isn't surprising since gaming is a primary focus point. The VivoTab Smart again trailed behind, though it wasn't the slowest of the bunch. Unlike the MeMO slate, the VivoTab is more about striking a balance between productivity and content consumption.
Basemark X isn't compatible with Windows, which is why you don't see a score for the VivoTab. As for the MeMO Tab Smart 8, it put up strong numbers that were rivaled only by the iPad 3.
More of the same was witnessed in GLBenchmark's Fillrate test. The MeMO Pad Smart 10 represented itself well, proving it's a graphics-first tablet, while the business-like VivoTab put up more pedestrian numbers.
Driving the point home are the T-Rex and Egypt HD portions of GLBenchmark v2.7. The Tegra 3 chip nearly doubled the performance of the Atom processor in the latter run, though it wasn't able to keep up with the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Since it's a full-fledged Windows 8 slate, we ran PCMark 7 on the VivoTab Smart and came up with a score of 1,405. Not brag-worthy, but decent. A stronger processor would have put up a higher score, though performance here was aided by flash-based storage versus a mechanical hard drive, of course.