Surface 2 vs Surface RT performance video

 

Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet features a new processor that is expected to boost the performance of the device when compared to the first-generation Surface RT. Neowin wanted to test the real-world performance of the new Windows RT tablet, and what better way to that than to directly compare it to the Surface RT.

In the video posted above, you can see the two tablets (Surface 2 on the left, Surface RT on the right) boot up and open up Microsoft Word. It’s clear that the Surface 2 has the edge on the boot time, but opening up Word is not as much of a jump in performance as one might expect.

Anyway you look at it, you can certainly see that the Tegra 4 found in the Surface 2 does best the Surface RT's Tegra 3.

The small performance boost may not look like much at first, especially on opening up apps, but when you quantify it over the lifetime of the device, it makes up for a significant amount of time saved.

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I was sitting next to a chap with a Surface (presumably RT?) on the train home yesterday. He had a mapping application open, and I noticed the scrolling was particularly lumpy. It's perhaps a generalisation, but I believe this to be one of the more noticeable differences between an iPad and a Surface.

With the improved hardware in the Surface 2, should scrolling be smoother?

the fact that the Surface RT is opening apps in a much higher resolution will probably eliminate most of the raw CPU edge it has over the Surface RT I think.

That video was shortened. The Surface 2 beat the Surface RT by over 3 weeks! It was so fast in fact, that it travelled back in time. Awesome!

I recommended the Surface 2 for my mother. It arrived today and I helped to set it up for her. So far she's liking it a lot and considers it an improvement from her old iPad (1st gen) - it seems decent from what I've seen so far. Unfortunately the type cover won't arrive for another week, as there weren't ANY in stock for the UK release - very sloppy.

jakem1 said,
At least it gave you another opportunity to complain.

All you do recently is criticise my posts, regardless of the topic. If you have an issue with something I said then please address that directly but there is no need to make things personal.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I recommended the Surface 2 for my mother. It arrived today and I helped to set it up for her. So far she's liking it a lot and considers it an improvement from her old iPad (1st gen) - it seems decent from what I've seen so far. Unfortunately the type cover won't arrive for another week, as there weren't ANY in stock for the UK release - very sloppy.

I got a pair of Type Cover 2's today, and I'm in the UK, so there was clearly SOME stock in the UK

We did order 3 though, the 3rd is delayed.

TCLN Ryster said,

I got a pair of Type Cover 2's today, and I'm in the UK, so there was clearly SOME stock in the UK

The only cover available for preorder is the Type Cover 2 in black and it says orders will be shipped by the 29th October (a week after the launch of the Surface 2) - that's in contrast to the Surface 2, which said orders would be shipped by the 21st October. All the other covers are delayed and it's impossible to order any of the coloured models.

It's great if some are getting through but my mum ended up ordering the black cover rather than waiting for the blue cover she wanted, as there was no expected date. Considering the covers are one of the definitive features of the Surface it's rather disappointing.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Yeah, we ordered and received the black ones, they actually arrived at our site's "parcel stores" last night according to the tracking info, making it to my desk this morning.

theyarecomingforyou said,

All you do recently is criticise my posts, regardless of the topic. If you have an issue with something I said then please address that directly but there is no need to make things personal.

Sorry but it's just tiresome reading all your complaints over and over again. You've already complained about your mother's type cover in another thread. I don't think it's such a big deal that you have to bring it up in every Surface related thread.

Your mother's pleased with her new Surface and it arrived on time as expected. That seems like good news.

jakem1 said,
Your mother's pleased with her new Surface and it arrived on time as expected. That seems like good news.

Yes, and the delayed covers and lack of available options is bad news. It was quite clear that my overall impression was positive, and I even recommended the device in the first place, but I won't gloss over the issues with the launch. It's not my fault that you want to pretend that there aren't any issues. I don't see you criticising people who praise the device in every topic.

TCLN Ryster said,
Yeah, we ordered and received the black ones, they actually arrived at our site's "parcel stores" last night according to the tracking info, making it to my desk this morning.

That's good. My mother received a shipping notice for hers today, so it's clearly shipping ahead of the date mentioned on the website. It's just a shame that she couldn't get the blue cover that she wanted.

I want to see a 'Cut the Rope' performance video. When the RT launched, it was criticized for not being able to handle the game at decent frame rates.

Only the main menu in that game was slow. The game itself was smooth from the start and after all those updates to firmware, OS and the game itself is it very smooth everywhere.

Yeah I hate when people put loud annoying music over the top of even the simplest of video. Instant hunt for the mute button.

I think the performance difference will start to show when you have a few apps open and are actually doing more things, just opening up that one app after boot isn't going to stress the old Tegra 3 on the Surface RT much.