Mar 09 AT 9:32 AM Anthony Domanico 18 Comments

Intel Medfield impresses in recent benchmarking scores


Folks in France will soon get a taste of Intel’s Medfield, Intel’s mobile chipset which could be about as powerful as Tegra 3 in many areas. The Santa Clara smartphone is heading to Orange later this spring, and thanks to German-based Caschys Blog, we now have some new benchmarks for the Medfield device. Caschy ran the Rightware and Vellamo browser benchmarks on the Santa Clara.

On the Rightware benchmark, the Santa Clara came in at 89,180, below the 98,272 score in the Galaxy Nexus, but slightly above the iPhone 4S’a 87,810.

When it came to the more well-known Qualcomm Vellamo benchmark, the Intel Medfield based Santa Clara phone truly shined. The Santa Clara scored much higher than the Galaxy Nexus, finishing slightly below the current industry-leading ASUS Transformer Prime. This is despite Medfield being a 1.6 GHz single core x86-based chipset.

This is not the first time we’ve seen Medfield being compared to the Tegra 3 chipset. Earlier this year, Medfield was clocked slightly higher than Tegra 3 in the CaffeineMark benchmarking tool, a single-threaded tool that doesn’t take advantage of the Tegra 3′s other cores. Today’s benchmark makes a bit more sense, as we’d expect the quad-core Tegra 3 to outperform the single-core Medfield, however slightly the difference may be.

While we always recommend you take benchmarks with a grain of salt, as they only tend to predict real world performance, today’s benchmarks give us good reason to get excited about what Medfield will bring to the Android table. We can’t wait to get our hands on a U.S. bound Medfield device, which could be coming as early as the next few months.

Who else is excited for Medfield? Would you consider a Medfield device over the likes of Tegra 3 and Samsung’s upcoming Exynos quad-core chips?

Via: Netbook News

Source: Caschy's Blog

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  • jamal adam

    Looking good. Next up, battery life.

  • fletchtb

    I’m curious to see the impact Intel will have in this market. I think they ignored it for far too long to their detriment. It will be interesting to watch.

  • AsakuraZero

    i dont like intel products, but this will force something

    develop better architectures, the better teh architectures the better performace we will get.

    anyways A9 arch is damn old (5years iirc), A15 would be a real benchmark for the new Intel chip

    • itguy426

      I agree. I would like to see a benchmark between an A15 32nm and A15 28nm and the Medifield to get a real comparison. I know this gives us something to go buy and idea of what to expect. But what if the new processors are much better as stated this will be outdated just after release. Not that is a big deal that happens all the time. But when will they come out with a new processor to compete with the new ones coming out all the time. The other big factor that has been brought up is we have not seen anything on battery life. That is one of things that everyone is looking forward to with new processors.

    • Derek

      A9 is only about a year old. A8 chips only started coming out about 3 years ago. Iphone 3GS was one of the first along with the Samsung Hummingbird.

      • AsakuraZero

        NO investigate a bit, A9 have some years on its back A15 its pretty welcome

    • JuanK

      I think you guys are still believing that ARM architecture is good, but the true reality is starting to show up. Intel Medfield is single core compare to FOUR CORES ARM A9 in the Tegra 3…even is A9 is a year or two old…that core count difference between Medfield and Tegra 3 is big enough for Tegra 3 to outperform Medfield by far…but the benchmark shows the Tegra 3 is just slightly above Medfield…that is a reality nobody can hide.
      The reality here is that Intel x86 architecture is much more mature and with better perfomance than ARM…ARM has been claiming the crown on smartphone for long time simply because there was ZERO competition. But now with Intel inside things will change. And also remember that already Intel announce a 2x performance increase by next year, so even with ARM A15 things will not change. Intel performance is the best without questioning. Just ask AMD, SUN Microsystem or IBM.

      • ari-free

        It’s really more about the power of Intel than the power of x86. If everyone else was doing x86, Intel would still come out ahead because they have the most advanced facilities.

  • txbluesman

    I will be watching to see how they do in the long run. As fast as phones come out, the long run will only be a few months. LOL!

  • lucas

    My gsii with latest cm9 scored 1554 in vellamo. Higher than the prime

  • Mark

    No. x86 is not meant for mobile phones, it uses too much power and draws too much heat. They may make all sorts of improvements and claims and get it better and better but in the end, it’s still going to run hotter and use more power than the ARM CPU’s. But that’s not the worst part, most games in the market won’t play on x86, they’ve been using Java’s Native code or something that basically removes the “portability” between platforms offered by Java. A lot of games and high end apps require certain local java native libraries/system calls that are dependent on ARM. Basically, a lot of programs will be missing from the market. I have several x86 based devices (Intel Moorestown) and can’t install so many apps (Including Angry Birds).

    Them entering the Android arena is actually a bad thing. They’re going to fragment the system even more, certain apps will now only run on ARM while others only run on x86; this app is optimized for this CPU/GPU but this app is optimized for this other one, etc. etc. It’s almost as bad as Nvidia’s games optimized just for their Tegra devices. Yeah you get great performance and visuals but now there’s a game, an app, out there that a lot of Android people can’t run. Bringing x86 into the ecosystem will make it that much worst.

    Honestly Intel should leave Android alone and “maybe” focus on less developed, less established, OS’s such as Windows Mobile, Windows 8 and/or WebOS. There’s not thousands upon thousands of ARM-Based App’s already in existence for them.

  • honourbound68

    no way. i’m happy with samsung, arm, ti etc. i’m glad for the competition bec it will drive innovation and prices. but we need intel to dominate mobile chips as much as we need a hole in our heads. no thank you!

  • aranea

    Competition is good but how much power it needs and how warm it gets will be as much if not more important for everyday use.

  • RRR

    Great that these two old bro Intel and Microsoft finally coming to the missed mobile party. Let they compete and compete the right way without stealing and blatant copying all tired hearing about.

    Yes i am waiting to see Windows8 phones and tablets and run there all i have on my Windows desktops and laptops.

  • spazby

    gotta like the numbers

  • Dags -

    Both of those benchmarks relate to web browser performance. Of course you’d expect a high-clocked single core processor to do well. You do realize that the S4 scores double that Medfield score on Vellamo? A9-class performance is really disappointing for a new CPU.

    • Dags -

      That was a reply to JuanK ;)

  • doug sombody

    The intel atom medfield processor benchmarked is a single core processor with Two execution units (hyperthreading). Hyperthreading is almost the same as having a dual core processor.
    please never write an article describing an intel processor without discribing intel processor
    Hyperthreading, as most Intel processors have made use of hypertreading technology for some years now!!!