It’s been couple of days since the Asus Zenfone 6 arrived here at Mobile Geek central in Taipei, and being the geeks that we are, we immediately unboxed it and set it to work running several of our standard benchmarks. To make things even more fun, we decided to compare the performance of the devices’ Intel Atom Z2580 with two other platforms in the shape of MediaTek’s Octa-core and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platforms.
After we ran our standard selection of benchmarks including AnTuTu, Quadrant, GFXBench, 3DMark, Anomaly 2, Sunspider and Vallamo, we then pulled up the data from two previous reviews for comparison’s sake. Right now if you want to understand the relative performance of the world’s most widely used smartphone/phablet processors, the Qualcomm Snapdragon and the MediaTek would probably have you covered for way more than half the handsets currently shipping around the globe right now.
We opted to compare the test results we have for the Sony Xperia Z2 which runs the top draw Snapdragon 801, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note which features the MT6592, an Octa-core Cortex-A7 from Taiwanese vendor MediaTek. The results make pretty interesting reading.
As you would expect, the Snapdragon 801 leads the way in all tests, leveraging its quad Krait cores and Adreno GPU technology to out pace the competition at every step. The Adreno GPU has been pushed to a higher 578MHz on the Snapdragon 801, so it is not too surprising to see the Xperia Z2 absolutely wipe the floor with Intel and MediaTek in 3DMark and GFXBench – two highly GPU-centric benchmarks.
The story with Intel against MediaTek is a little more complex with the single threaded Geekbench app seeing Intel win on the Asus Zenfone with 559 points compared to MediaTek’s 364 points. However when we look at the Geekbench multi-core test, the Xiaomi Redmi Note gets right in Intel’s face with 2033 points to Intel’s 1264.
So if we were to ask a simple question – which of the two mobile processor platforms from Intel and MediaTek currently offer the best performance, we would have to explain that the different architectures have their different strengths. Intel would outperform in single threaded apps while MediaTek would excel more in multithreaded apps… not the answer that your average man in the street would want to hear, but there it is. Processor performance can be tricky to definitively pin point especially when it comes to how many threads and therefore how many cores an app is exploiting.