Oh snap, it seems ARM is still a little pissed at Intel for their alleged benchmark shenanigans from a while back, so, in a very Samsung-like way, the British chip designers have compiled a YouTube video mocking the real-life performance of an Intel-powered tab.
But unlike Sammy’s sometimes fair, sometimes gratuitous Apple jabs, ARM’s irony and attacks look to be based on cold hard evidence and nothing else.
To prove their point (which is Intel continues to lag behind ARM-based chips in raw speed), the Brits have taken two unnamed, mystery 10.1-inch Android tablets with allegedly the same exact screen resolutions and identical versions of one of the most popular racing mobile game, Need for Speed Most Wanted.
One of the slates packs an unspecified quad-core Cortex A9-based CPU clocked at 1.4 GHz, whereas the other comes with a dual-core 1.6 GHz Clovertrail+ processor. Again, no idea about the identities of these gadgets, but there are only a handful that fit the description.
The funny thing is one of the possibilities is the two tabs pitted against each other are last year’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the 2013 Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Why is that funny? Because apparently, yesteryear’s flavor of the day is sweeter than this year’s.
In any case, it has to be said both A9-based 1.4 GHz and 1.6 GHz Intel CloverTrail+ SoCs are no longer the cream of the crop, with A15 and Bay Trail CPUs now looking like the best options to fit inside high-end Android slates. Bottom line, the comparison is a little outdated.
Yet it still makes a number of valid points, plus it’s genuinely entertaining. The soundtrack in particular is hilarious. Also, it’s mind-boggling to see how big of a performance gap there was between these chips. Mind-boggling, I tell you.