Apple’s 2020 iPad Pro – which should begin being delivered to most buyers tomorrow, March 25 – has gotten into the hands of a few customers a bit early, and we’re beginning to see early benchmarks for the new device.
Surprisingly enough, the 2020 iPad Pro, which is powered by Apple’s A12Z processor, is scoring in the early benchmarks nearly identically with the year-old iPad Pro’s A12X processor.
Redditor “Zindexed” received their 11-inch iPad Pro on Monday – which is two full days before the scheduled delivery date of Wednesday – and put the new device through its paces.
Zindexed’s new iPad Pro, which is running iOS 13.4, racked up a single-core score of 1114, a multi-core score of 4654 and a Metal score of 9894 in Geekbench 5. Other than an improvement in the Metal score, those scores are nearly identical to those scored by the 2018 iPad Pro.
The benchmarking service shows that an Apple iPad Pro running an A12X processor scored 1113, 4608 and 9020 in single-core, multi-core, and Metal testing, respectively.
Antutu testing was a mixed bag, with the new iPad Pro scoring a total of 685120, down from last year’s composite score of 709337. The 2020 model managed 187648 for CPU, 348519 for GPU and 71476 for memory. By comparison, Antutu’s performance rankings show the 2018 iPad Pro scoring 184553 for CPU, 357335 for GPU and 90598 for memory.
The new iPad Pro’s memory performance is especially surprising, due to a report last week that claimed that all new iPad Pro models boasted 6GB of RAM, two gigabytes more than all 2018 iPad Pros other than the 1TB model.
As always when discussing benchmarks, your mileage may vary. These are early evaluation numbers, and we could see results that will vary from these numbers as more and more folks receive and test their new iPad Pro devices.