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HELSINKI, FINLAND – March 20, 2011 – Futuremark®, the world leader in performance benchmarking software, today released the first benchmark results for the new iPad using Peacekeeper™, its free to use browser speed test. While web pages may look sharper on the new iPad's improved display, the benchmark results show that the browsing performance of the new iPad is the same as the iPad 2, suggesting that the computational processing power in both devices is near identical.

Peacekeeper is an HTML5 based browser performance test that can be used to measure and compare the performance of any browser on any Internet capable device, from desktops and notebooks, to tablets and smartphones. What's more, as a device's browser performance is strongly linked to the power of its CPU, Peacekeeper offers a straightforward way to compare the performance of competing devices regardless of differences in operating system..

Popular tablets ranked by browser performance as measured by Peacekeeper
(higher scores are better)

- Acer Iconia W500 (Windows 8 consumer preview) - Peacekeeper score 405
- Apple iPad 3rd gen (iOS 5.1) - Peacekeeper score 384
- Apple iPad 2 (iOS 5.1) - Peacekeeper score 383
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Peacekeeper score 356
- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime (Android 4.0.3) - Peacekeeper score 344
- Apple iPad 1st gen (iOS 5.1) - Peacekeeper score 234

Peacekeeper offers a simple and easy way to compare any browser on any device. Peacekeeper is free to use, you don't have to register and the test takes just 5 minutes to run. In fact, all you need to do is to press one button. Try it now!


Peacekeeper measures browser performance by testing JavaScript functionality. JavaScript is a widely used programming language used in the creation of modern websites to provide features such as animation, navigation, forms and other common requirements. By measuring a browser's ability to handle commonly used JavaScript functions Peacekeeper can evaluate its performance. Peacekeeper scores are not influenced by Internet connection speed or latency.

Peacekeeper takes 5 minutes to run during which time it evaluates the browser's performance with a rendering test, WebGL test, HTML5 video test, HTML5 canvas test, HTML5 web worker test, data manipulation tests, DOM operations test and text parsing tests. For more detailed explanations of these tests see the FAQ:

Peacekeeper scores are in operations per second or rendered frames per second depending on the test. When browser X scores twice as much as browser Y on the same device it means that for a given test either:
- X ran twice as many operations as Y in the same time period
- Or X ran the test in half the time as Y
- Or X rendered the test with twice the frame rate of Y

In plain language, by choosing a browser with a high Peacekeeper score you are ensuring a faster and smoother web experience within the limits of your Internet connection speed. When choosing between devices, such as tablets or smart-phones, a higher Peacekeeper score indicates a more powerful and faster CPU.

More than 1.85 million Peacekeeper results have been submitted since March 2009.

Futuremark® Corporation creates the world's most popular benchmarks and PC performance tests. Futuremark's free 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™ tests have helped millions of people measure and improve their PCs' performance for games, media, applications and the web. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland.

© 2012 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark® and Peacekeeper™ trademarks and logos, character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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