Today we have the first ever benchmark score of Intel’s new Bay Trail Atom platform. Tested using the popular AnTuTu benchmarking tool, Bay Trail beats every single ARM performance records and leaves competition far away in the dust.
Every once in a while, a new wonder chip emerges and posts benchmark scores that simply blow again the competition into oblivion. Today is such a day. We have with us the first ever benchmark score run on Intel’s new Bay Trail platform, and the score promises us of great things with the next-generation Atom processors.
With a high score of over 43,000 points, Bay Trail scores roughly 30% more in AnTuTu than its closest ARM competitor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Assuming that the S800 SoC will be the fastest ARM chip for the next 6-8 months, we have with us the fastest SoC that runs on Google’s OS, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean if the leaked screenshot is to be believed.
The Atom processors are clocked at 1.1 GHz, a far cry from the 2.3 GHz core clock found in the Snapdragon 800 chip. We expect these scores to climb further north with optimization, final software, faster core clock speeds and the eventual release of quad-core Bay Trail Atom processor based products. Don’t expect to see these babies on phones however, as they are most likely to heat up far too much. My guess is that the chip will be downclocked to fit within the required thermal envelope.
With the newest Atom based device being the Lenovo K900 (Clover Trail+), we really do hope that any major OEM (Sony, Samsung, ZTE, Huawei) picks up the fast and the furious Intel chip and integrate it into their future solutions. We’d love to see some more x86 Android action, now that power and performance issues have finally been sorted out.
AnTuTu released version 3.3.2 of the benchmark on Wednesday to address the problem, and according to McGregor, it negates Intel's artificial advantage. Intel's CPU and Overall scores are now about 20 per cent lower than they were with the previous build, and the RAM score is around 50 per cent lower.
"As a result of the revised scores, the AnTuTu benchmark is no longer an outlier from the other benchmarks and paints a competitive picture similar to the other benchmarks, with the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor outperforming the Intel Atom Z2580 processor," McGregor wrote on Friday.
It was only yesterday that we found out about MediaTek’s 8-core MT6592 chipset, with devices based on the first true octa-core chipset scheduled to hit the market by December 2013. A new report says that Sony is one of the most likely candidates to use the new SoC in a future Xperia Smartphone.
With the Sony Xperia C, the company’s first MediaTek (MT6589 quad-core) chipset based phone launched last week, it is entirely plausible for the company to once again use a MediaTek made chip in their future phone. If Sony does end up using the MT6592, it will become the first top-tier brand in the world to offer an octa-core phone (unlike the hybrid octa-core Galaxy S4).
Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks put the MT6592 scores right with the big leagues. A 30,000 point result comes dangerously close to top end chipsets like the Snapdragon 800, and beating out every other chipset from this generation (such as the Snapdragon 600, Exynos 5 Octa). With no other major ARM SoC to be released in the coming months (except Nvidia Tegra 4, perhaps), MediaTek could easily make a huge jump from their current position in the market into the company selling the 2nd fastest mobile ARM CPU in the world. Phew… That would be something… Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until December to see actual results.
The WSJ reports that Apple has signed a chip manufacturing deal with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) to build chips for Apple’s future mobile devices. According to the agreement, TSMC will partially take over chip production for Apple in 2014, while Samsung will continue to supply a majority of the chips, until the end of 2014.
Laughing out loud as the hard news comes out faster and faster than the tipping point has been reached and that the ARM era is over. Read it and weep ARM longs and Intel shorts.
"Bay Trail beats every single ARM performance records and leaves competition far away in the dust."