Benchmark tools are best taken with a grain of salt, but they provide at least one way to compare performance between devices. And Intel is using FutureMarks’ 3DMark test for Android to make the claim that its new chip for smartphones and tablets offers better graphics performance than one of the fastest ARM-based chips on the market.
The Mobile Geeks team caught up with Intel at Computex this week and spotted a display with a few phones side-by-side. One is a Samsung Galaxy S5 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and Adreno 330 graphics. Next to it is a phone with an Intel Atom Z3580 Moorefield processor and PowerVR G6430 graphics.
Since this is an Intel display, the results might not surprise you: The phone with the Moorefield chip scored nearly 21,000 while the Galaxy S5 topped out at 18,144.
To Intel’s credit, the display also includes a phone with a slower Intel Atom Z3480 Merrifield chip and PowerVR G6430 graphics which scored just over 16,400. That’s still a pretty respectable score though.
Benchmarks don’t always tell the whole story, since they don’t always reflect real-world performance. And a fast CPU and GPU aren’t the only things you need to perform well both in benchmarks and everyday tasks: devices also need a reasonable amount of memory and relatively fast storage… not to mention apps that are optimized for the chip’s architecture.
Still, these initial results look promising for Intel.
The first devices with Intel’s new with Merrifield and Moorefild chips should begin shipping in June.