basemap-0.8.2 Speedup?

The Changelog that comes with basemap-0.8.2 indicates that there is a 'huge' speed increase for numpy (not Numeric or numarray).
Is this relative, i.e. the new numpy version is much faster that the previous or is the increase absolute i.e. numpy is much faster than the other two.

I have been dragging my feet switching over to numpy but a big speed up in basemap might increase my urgency. I do not use basemap because on my old hardware it is so slow as to be unusable.

Thanks for any info.