Since many of you are using your Surface Pro for Manga Studio or Clip Studio Paint, I wanted to start a post comparing performance of cpu-intensive actions.

Please recommend actions for me to perform and clock in the comment section below. 


For the first test, I downloaded this example file contained on the English language Clip Studio Paint site. It consists of too many layers to count and is 8.27 x 11.69 inches at 600 dpi.

For the test, I rescaled the image by 145% to 12.02 x 17 inches at 600 dpi. Interpolation was set to smooth. 

The operation took 2:59 on the Surface Pro and 2:35 on the Surface Pro 2, a 15.5% time savings. 

Saving the resulting 291 MB file took about the same time: 1:56. 

Changing screen resolution in Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint

I'll update this post as I perform other tests. 

AuthorRick Rodriguez
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The Unigine Heaven Benchmark is the second set of tests I've run on the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface Pro. Although the new tablet handily outperformed the original, the improvements were in the vicinity of 30% for most scores.

One interesting note is that the benchmark drove the Surface Pro fan harder than anything I've done with it before. I was actually surprised to hear the fan noise and at first didn't know where it was coming from.  The benchmark also activated the Surface Pro 2 fans, but they were much quieter.

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0

Surface Pro 2 OpenGL Results

 Surface Pro OpenGL Results

In the DirectX 11 battery of tests, the Surface Pro 2 ran 38% faster in frames per second (fps). The overall score was 36.6% better than the Surface Pro.  

Surface Pro 2 DX11 Results

Surface Pro DX11 Results

In the OpenGL benchmarks, the Surface Pro 2 performed 25% faster than the Surface Pro. This is significantly less than the OpenGL speed difference reported by Cinebench R15. 

AuthorRick Rodriguez
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The first benchmarks I've run on the new Surface Pro 2 yield encouraging results for anyone looking to push the tablet beyond 2D graphics. 

After running Maxon's Cinebench R15 tests several times, the OpenGL results for the Surface Pro 2 are averaging right around 20 fps compared to a pitiful 8 fps for the original. 

CPU gains are more modest: about 9% better for the Surface Pro 2.

Surface Pro 2 Cinebench R15 results

Surface Pro Cinebench R15 results

AuthorRick Rodriguez
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