Is it normal for Geekbench scores to drop

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  1. kdoug macrumors 6502a

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    drastically in 15 months? I ran it several times with all running apps shut down after a restart. This is done on a 9.7 Pro and I wanted to check it against my 10.5 when it comes in tomorrow but I was a little surprised by the results. IMG_0090.PNG IMG_0089.PNG
     
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  3. barger01 macrumors newbie

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    Do you know if this is due to software updates over time or does the hardware just age and contribute to lower scores? I didn’t know that could happen. Thank you!
     
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    Ran it also under Geekbench 4, similar scores to GB 3. Somewhat disappointed in the drop of horsepower in a short amount of time.
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  5. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    It is due to aging hardware as the iOS updates do make a impact, for the most accurate score I would close all your apps as well, also depending on the thermals your iPad may have throttled.
     
  6. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    My guess, this one's on iOS 10. If you look at Integer and Floating Point results, they're in the same ballpark. It's Memory results that are significantly off.
     
  7. Sensamic macrumors 68030

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    Updates tend to slow the devices.

    It can't keep up with the new demands. Some say it's also a planned strategy from companies to make us upgrade sooner.
     
  8. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030

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    Ehh... some can see it as they wish. I know there is always more overhead with every OS update and every time there is a major update it can sometimes be graphics heavy. That really slows down devices since the OS itself is eating more resources and leaving less for apps (and benchmarks like Geekbench) to use.
     
  9. d5aqoëp macrumors 6502a

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    Close all the apps, then let your iPad cool for 1/2 hr and then straight open geekbench and do a benchmark. You will get higher score.
    That is thermal throttling for you.
     
  10. Kal-037 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it does that if you have apps open, background app refresh or anything that requires the processor to work. Also the speed changed when Geekbench 4 was released, (though I'm not sure if geekbench 3 was still around when the iPad Pro 9.7" came out.)
     

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