Surface 2.0 benchmarked against Surface RT, sees dramatic speed boost


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More and more Surface 2.0 details are hitting the web, after specs were recently unveiled. Now, according to GFXBench, a unified graphics benchmark, the Surface 2.0 will have a dramatic speed increase compared to its predecessor, the Surface RT.

“The original Surface RT scored 169 frames at 3.0 frames per second when rendering this benchmark while the Surface RT 2 (being referred to simply as “Surface 2″) clocks in at 573 frames at 10.2 frames per second,” a report over at WinRTSource stated today. According to the benchmark, the Surface 2.0 sees a dramatic speed increase compared to the RT thanks to the device sporting Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor. The Surface RT currently sports a Tegra 3 processor.

Another contributing factor to the speed increase is the RAM. The Surface RT sports 2GB of RAM and we are not sure exactly how much RAM the Surface 2.0 will have. Recent reports suggested that the Surface 2.0 Pro sports 8GB. The benchmark also revealed the screen resolution of the Surface 2.0 will be 1920 x 1080, being higher than that of the Surface RT (1366×768).

“While the measure speed is quite a leap from the original device, the new Surface is still quite a way behind perhaps its most important competitor, the iPad. The iPad 4, which is about to be replaced with a newer, presumably faster model, scored 936 frames at 16.7 FPS,” the report adds.

We will have to wait and see until Microsoft officially announces the Surface 2.0 to see exactly what the specs are. So far, it appears that the Surface 2.0 will definitely be faster than the RT, if these benchmarks are indeed correct. For those wondering, the Surface 2.0 is the sequel to the Surface RT. Surface 2.0 Pro will be the sequel to the Surface Pro.

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