The ARM vs x86 (Intel Atom) comparison has officially begun. Anandtech has released a series of articles comparing the performance and efficiencies of Intel’s Clover Trail Atom. The results may surprise readers, as the 5-year old Intel Atom architecture is more than competitive. Myths about x86 architecture’s high power consumption have now been made defunct. With the release of the Clover Trail Atom, Anandtech is finally able to make a fair comparison of the different architectures in tablets and smartphones. The performance benchmarks, though, are limited due to the different architectures and platforms. But the most important benchmarks, power consumption, are scientifically measured.
Check out the following articles:
- The Clover Trail (Atom Z2760) Review: Acer’s W510 Tested (12/20/2012)
A review of one of the first Clover Trail Atom tablets.
- The x86 Power Myth Busted: In-Depth Clover Trail Power Analysis (12/24/2012)
An in depth analysis of Clover Trail’s power profile. Intel can produce a low wattage x86 chip that is more than competitive with ARM architectures. Gone is the myth of x86 being too power inefficient for mobile devices.
- The ARM vs x86 Wars Have Begun: In-Depth Power Analysis of Atom, Krait & Cortex A15 (1/4/2013)
A comparison of the newest Intel Atom versus the newest ARM architectures. Performance, power consumption, and efficiency are all benchmarked.
This is all great news as competition is good for the consumer. It will bring out the best from Intel (x86), and ARM SoC designers (Nvidia Tegra, Samsung’s Hummingbird and Exynos, Apple’s Ax, etc) as they try to best each other in the mobile technology space. End result should be better performance at a lower cost for consumer devices.