I spent some time over the weekend detailing the recently announced Intel Core M platform, the fanless processor that’ll power mobile devices from at least half a dozen manufacturers later this year. The one thing that was missing in our coverage was benchmarks simply because none had been published yet.
That’s all changed, however, as the crew over at Hot Hardware caught up with Intel during IDF 2014 and managed to get the scoop on some benchmarks of the chip in question.
The test bed on hand, a 12.5-inch Windows tablet running a Core M 5Y70 processor, turned in some impressive numbers. In Cinebench R11.5, the system scored a 2.48 in the multithreaded CPU test. For comparison, AMD’s A10 Micro-6700T chip completed the same test with a CPU score of 1.5 while Intel’s Atom Z3700 earned a 1.47 and the Intel Core i3-2377M scored a 1.43.
In Futuremark’s 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test, the slate turned in a score of 50,985 – that’s more than twice that of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series chip according to Intel. Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor in the new Shield tablet completed the same test with a score just north of 31,000, they said.
If these early benchmarks are any indication, Intel certainly has a powerhouse on their hands with the Core M. Of course, we’ll reserve final judgment until we get a chance to bench the chip ourselves.