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Nothing like some good old rivalry between chipmakers to spice up a dull Thursday afternoon.

Today, we have a confrontation between the two platforms that currently dominate computing, ARM and Intel. The British chip designer set up a comparison between a tablet powered by an unspecified (Tegra 3?) quad-core ARM Cortex A9 chip clocked at 1.4Ghz and a tablet running on a Intel dual-core  Clovertrail+ chip clocked at 1.6GHz. The two 10.1-inch tablets have the same display resolution and run the same version of Need For Speed Most Wanted for Android.

ARM didn’t specify the rest of the specifications of the two devices, but assuming that they are similar, the difference in performance between the two chips is staggering.

However, Clovertrail+ is about to become a thing of the past. The first tablets running Intel’s hot new Bay Trail chips are expected in the following weeks and performance previews suggest that ARM is finally in for some serious competition.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Jack Parker

    Surely a Quad A9 would be better then a Dual A9 despite the 200mhz difference… Or is the clovertrail an A15?

    • MasterMuffin

      Neither, it’s x86

  • Mihnea

    ARM payed EA to optimize :D for their CPU’s

    • Boonlumsion Piyapon

      No. ARM don’t have to pay EA.

      Most phone and tablet using ARM. Because manufacture can buy ARM license and made cpu chip of their own. that make ARM cheaper than x86.

      Since most phone and tablet is using ARM. most app optimize for ARM. Some app and games that using Android’s NDK will not run on X86 at all.

  • Jack Parker

    Also that looks like a Samsung tablet so its probably a Quad 1.4Ghz Exynos processor?

    • Abdel Aziz Farhi

      Even if its not my old Note with its 1.40GHz Exynos 4210 (ARM Cortex A9 + Mali 400MP) still runs this game faster than this Intel CPU

  • Abdel Aziz Farhi

    My old Note 1 runs this game better than this Intel CPU.. weird

  • MasterMuffin

    Remember people, this is a test made by QUALCOMM, so it’s “totally” unbiased. The devices here were obviously different, so other variables played a part in the performance

    • Roberto Tomás

      qualcomm doesn’t make ARM Cortex-A9 chips, if it was made by them, it doesn’t show bias from showcasing something they manufacture.

  • Roberto Tomás

    bay trail is already out, the first tablets of them are anyway. they are still about 25% slower than comparable A15-based tablets.

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Weird. Covertrail+ is supposed to be twice as powerful than the previous single core CPU in the Razr i. Even with less Mhz than 2000, it should move this game better that this video shows :/
    Maybe the Intel based tablet is unzipping a 1GB zip file in the background :D

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Would trying and locking the CPU speed to 1600 Mhz and taking the times using this game in my Razr i as in the video be any informative?

  • XiphiasGladius

    My phone that has a 1.2ghz dualcore mediatek chip (mt6577) runs that game smootly, and way better than that intel chip.

  • ZoubIWah

    test the GPU, declare its a CPU comparison. clap clap ;-)

  • Really? GPU testing what again

    what’s important to note here is that they needed a quad core chip to compete with a dual core device because they are scared of losing market share because Intel is finally working on good graphics in the next chips.

    • Rich

      Umm not they didnt “need” a quad core chip, that’s simply the level of technology they have (or had, since now its been superceded by A15). Can’t blame them for Intel not having the goods, can you?

      • Leonardo Rojas

        A dual vs dual would have been a better comparison, anyway.

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Can’t wait for Intel’s response!

    I wish OEMs made 720p resolution versions of their flag ships. It’d the the best for many, if not, look how well the Moto X places in 3D Mark benchmark. Silly Full HD gimmick u.u

  • Boris Shobat

    Lets compare Intel i7 vs Quad Core Cortex A9 in PC version of NFS Most Wanted! ^_^/

    • losmas

      yes, and then try to don’t drain the battery

    • losmas

      Even better, keep Clover Trail and do a benchmark on AnTuTu

  • jpo234

    The Intel tablet probably had to run ARM code inside an emulator. If this is true, than the performance shown by Clovertrail is impressive.

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Can someone recommend me an accurate FPS meter app? I think the most known one doesn’t work on my Razr i :( Screencast either.
    Help me? I’d like to measure the FPS in this game. I think it’s somewhere 38 to 45.

  • Hellz

    nobody ever shat on intel and got away with it. i give qualcomm a year.

  • KK

    most intel andriod is running an binary translator that can be slow . If you have tested x86 version with an ARM version of the same app then you will see the difference maybe the other way round