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Intel?s Bay Trail Benchmarks Surfaced ? ARM SoCs Left in the Dust


It is no secret that Intel wants to succeed in the mobile segment of the market as the transformation to mobile devices continues mercilessly. Unlike many other chipmakers who followed ?the path of ARM?, Intel decided to stick with x86 and their Atom system on chip. Regardless of solid performance and power efficiency, many have considered Intel to just have a ?great potential? or merely be ?at the right track of things? ? as the company failed to attract more manufacturers of the smartphones and tablets. Things could change significantly with Bay Trail, if we are to believe benchmark results.

The next generation of mobile from Intel SoC is clocked at 1.1GHz revealed itself in the AnTuTu benchmark, with an overall score of 43,416. To put things into perspective, we tested the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC scores over 35,000 in the same test. According to the available info, it seems that, at least in this particular test Bay Trail beats the fastest ARM competition with quite a margin ? though it is unknown just how much power Intel?s SoC consumes by doing so, or in what form factor.

Bay Trail will use a 22 nm semiconductor technology and should be paired with up to three times faster GPU than what is available on Atom today. Here you can read more on the Silvermont architecture used in this first major rework of the Atom microarchitecture.

The score supposedly came from a development machine with a model name byt_t_ffrd10 and on already mentioned clock speed of 1101MHz. At the earliest, Bay Trail SoC should be available on Windows 8 and Android devices near the end of the year. Let?s see if Intel truly delivers for both smartphones and tablets. Time is right for the competition to kick in.

We have a strong feeling that this rumored benchmark is probably fairly accurate. However, the truth is that AnTuTu is a very CPU heavy benchmark, and it does not necessarily directly translate to overall device performance. Since Intel is without a doubt the maker of some of the fastest CPUs in the world, there’s no doubt that they would have a chance to win a CPU-heavy benchmark. Gaming and application benchmarks are still going to be important to evaluate full system performance of the SoC and see how it stacks up against the Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800. Not to mention, we know very little to nothing about power consumption.