ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Review

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Performance: Graphics

GLBenchmark is relatively new to our 3D performance benchmark set. The test suite is an OpenGL ES 2.0 benchmark with a number of performance metrics incorporated within. 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.

Graphics Testing
OpenGL Rendering Performance

In the fill test, the iPad 2’s A5 chip continues to decidedly kick the tails of the rst of the field. The Galaxy Tab 7 Plus also edged out the Transformer Pad 300, although the latter did deliver strong scores, beating the Transformer Prime by a small but clear margin. Oddly, the Transformer Pad 300 did marginally better in Balanced mode than Performance mode.

If it’s FPS you’re after, the Transformer Pad 300 is the tablet you want, after the iPad 2. The former delivered 63fps in both modes we tested, a hair better than the Transformer Prime in Normal mode. Note that the quad-core processor handily delivered over the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus’ Exynos chip in this test.

Graphics Testing
3D Graphics Testing

An3DBench XL 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.

In this Android-only benchmark (sorry, iPad 2), we see a remarkable consistency of scores across the board. In the Emporer’s New Clothes test in particular, five of the scores are within a few tenths of one another. The original Transformer actually delivered the highest score here, though not by much. The Tegra 3 shows what it can do in the Magic Island test; all four Tegra 3 tests produced close scores, while the rest of the field fell behind almost by half. The scores in the Flower Power test were also closely clumped, although the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus beat the competition handily, as it did with the GLBenchmark Fill test.

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