First Intel Bay Trail Benchmark Emerges Online, Crushes All of ARM’s Records

So you didn’t buy Intel’s promises of challenging ARM-based mobile processors in terms of raw speed, did you? Well, it’s true, Intel started off rather timidly in the mobile décor, with the low-end Medfield platform, but the Clover Trail+ chip found inside Lenovo’s K900 should have raised a flag or two in the ARM camp.

Bay Trail

And if we are to trust a newly spotted benchmark, the next generation of processors, codenamed Bay Trail, will step things up quite a lot. What’s “a lot”? Well, I’m going to throw a number at you – 43,416 points.

That’s how much a mystery Android-based gadget running Intel Bay Trail scored in the popular benchmark test called AnTuTu. For comparison, the zippiest ARM-powered CPU around, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800, was seen choking just before reaching 30,000 points inside the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A and barely hitting the 32,000 mark inside a mysterious LG F320 device that we think is the G2.

Now, exactly how big is this 11,000 – 13,000 gap between Bay Trail and Snapdragon 800? Massive. Just think of how much zippier the S4 is in real-life use compared with, say, the GS3. Well, that’s how much faster we expect Bay Trail-powered gadgets to be versus the S4 and other current Android giants.

And that’s not all. If this new AnTuTu benchmark is legit (that’s a big “if”, remember), the enigmatic Bay Trail-based machine tested had a CPU clocked at just 1.1 GHz at its core. And since Silvermont (that’s another name for Bay Trail, by the way) will have a maximum clock speed of 2.1 GHz, the sky is the limit for the potential performance of a higher clocked SoC. Dayum!

The bad news in this entire equation is we have no idea what kind of gadget is this “byt_t_ffrd10” and what company will manufacture it. It does apparently run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which narrows it down a little (Bay Trail will support both Android and Windows 8), but I wouldn’t want to speculate as to the OEM’s name. It could be someone like Samsung, HTC, LG or Sony or it could well be ZTE, Lenovo, Acer or Huawei. Only time will tell.

For now, let us look in awe again at that incredible benchmark score and expect the unexpected.

Via [RB Men]

4 Replies to “First Intel Bay Trail Benchmark Emerges Online, Crushes All of ARM’s Records”

  1. That’s probably not true. The same microarchitecture core in a smartphone will generally perform at a much lower level because of power constraints. As an example, most smartphone processors stay within a 1W power budget, where as tablet processors have a higher power budget, say 3-4 watts. Batteries in tablets are much larger than batteries in smartphones.

  2. Excellent insight, thank you for all that. Then again, if I have my facts straight, there’s also a Silvermont-based Intel SoC being prepped for future smartphones (Merrifield), so it’s not exactly a stretch to expect that to perform more or less on-par with the Bay Trail, right?

  3. Another thing, Bay Trail goes into tablets, and ffrd means “Form Factor Reference Design” so this must be something like that Bay Trail tablet Intel was showing off at Computex.

  4. Small correction: Silvermont isn’t another name for Bay Trail, Bay Trail is an SoC consisting of 4 Silvermont cores.

    Silvermont is the microarchitecture name, like Haswell.


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