New iPad Pro Benchmarked: This Blows Away Windows PCs

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When Apple introduced the new iPad Pro, the company boasted that its slim slate is more powerful than 92 percent of PCs out there. Now that we've benchmarked the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for our review over at Laptop Mag, it looks like that claim could very well be legit.

New iPad Pro Benchmarked: This Blows Away Windows PCsThe 7-nanometer A12X Bionic chip processor inside the iPad Pro packs four performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, and there's a new GPU that promises twice the graphics performance as the A10X processor inside the last iPad Pro.

And the benchmark results are quite impressive.

Geekbench 4

On Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance, the iPad Pro notched a score of 17,995. That blows past the Surface Pro 6 with a Core i5 CPU and even the Core i7 version of the Dell XPS 13.

New iPad Pro Benchmarked: This Blows Away Windows PCsSamsung's Qualcomm Snapdragon 850-powered Galaxy Book 2 (3,945) doesn't even come close to Intel-based PCs, nevermind the iPad Pro. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Core i7 chip was just slightly below the iPad Pro at 17,348.

MORE: New iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 6: Which Should You Buy?

Video Editing (Adobe Rush)

To test the A12X Bionic's real-world power, we turned to Adobe Rush, a video editing app. We took a 12-minute 4K video and transcoded it to 1080p at 24 frames per second. And once again the iPad Pro blew away the field.

New iPad Pro Benchmarked: This Blows Away Windows PCsApple's tablet took just 7 minutes and 47 seconds to complete our task. It took the 13-inch MacBook Pro 25 minutes and 53 seconds, and the Dell XPS 13 (31:03) and Surface Pro 6 (31:54) both took over half an hour.

Photo Processing (Adobe Lightroom)

We then turned to Adobe Lightroom to see how long it would take to export 50 RAW images to the JPEG format, and the iPad Pro once again outperformed the competition--though not by as large a margin.

New iPad Pro Benchmarked: This Blows Away Windows PCsThe iPad Pro took 59 seconds to complete the batch export, while the Surface Pro 6 (1:35) and 13-inch MacBook Pro (1:36) were about 30 seconds behind. Strangely, the Core i7 XPS 13 took 2:01 on this test.

Battery Life

If you're wondering how efficient the A12X Bionic processor is, you'll probably be glad to know that the new iPad Pro offers pretty great battery life. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves web surfing at 150 nits of screen brightness, Apple's tablet lasted for 13 hours and 41 minutes.

New iPad Pro Benchmarked: This Blows Away Windows PCsThe Surface Pro 6 lasted about 4 hours less at 9:20 and the Dell XPS 13 with Core i7 and 4K display mustered 8:53. The Qualcomm-powered Galaxy Book 2 came closest to the iPad with 10:41.

Bottom Line

The new iPad Pro's sheer speed is undeniable. In fact, if I were Apple, I would be finding ways to bring this chip over to the Mac. But keep in mind that performance is just one consideration when deciding between the iPad Pro and a more traditional PC.

If you prefer a desktop interface, the Surface Pro 6 is the better choice, and it also offers a better keyboard with touchpad and built-in kickstand. But if you can see yourself working within iOS, the iPad Pro should make quick work of whatever you need to do.

Credit: Laptop Mag

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Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  • Martin B. Says:

    This does not beat a Windows PC as any other Apple-Product!

    What other Jobs run on the Tablet while editing Video and Photo?

  • mosshe Says:

    it uses GPU, not CPU for computation. It is easy to say to adobe to make software work on gpu & then it beats in speed. it is certain that your others didn't. There will be no advantage in Light OS for this. PCs with GPUs do it faster, though software needs to be optimized. It is not easy for every software do so, thus people buy one 15" i9 Laptop to beat your ipad with CPU Power without change in software..


    Thanks!

  • Daleos Says:

    First off, raw speed means very little if it can't be put to good use. I'm sure for many simple tasks The iPad Pro will beat many current competitors but iOS has always been a real pain for workflow. It's the lack of a proper file manager that lets it down. I know that there are ways around it including third party tools (that don't always work as planned) but honestly, MacOS/Windows is way easier to flip between multiple applications to work on a single document/file. All that time saved due to performance is wasted because of stupid import/export faffing and restrictions. iOS needs a proper, fully functioning, built in file manager before it will ever overtake MacOS or Windows for production work.

    Well that an I can't see me ditching my dual 27" monitor setup (with mouse) for a cramped tablet. Might be good as a supplemental thing but never a thing on it's own.

    I think Apple are going to have a hard time pushing the iPad Pro to actual professionals. Just listen to the applause the news Mac line-ups got compared to the iPad Pro in NY recently. Even the Mac Mini seemed to be better received.

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