Intel chips blast Microsoft’s ARM, benchmarks prove it

An empirical test conducted by our colleagues from Tom’s Guide shows significant differences between the Surface Pro 9 models under ARM processor and under Intel processor.

Credit: Microsoft

The Surface Pro 9 was arguably Microsoft’s most anticipated product this year. It is offered in two versions: one with Intel’s 12th generation of portable processors and the other with a processor of the in-house ARM architecture, the Microsoft SQ3. The latter is the first in the range to integrate a 5G chip.

The configurations tested are the Surface Pro 9 with an Intel Core i7-1255U processor, equipped with 16 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD, and the model with the ARM SQ3 processor, which has the same amount of RAM for 512 GB of storage. Under Geek Bank 5.4the Core i7-1255U scores 1633 points in single-core mode and 8541 points in multi-core mode, while the SQ3 only scores 1125 and 5849 points, respectively. Performance differences are around 45%regardless of the number of cores requested.

The Surface Pro 9’s Intel processor beats the Snapdragon in almost every way

During the handbrake testit took the Core i7 processor 584 seconds to transcode a 6.5GB video from a 4K format to 1080p, while the SQ3 needed 778 for the same task. The difference in performance here is 40%. Gaming performance is abysmal on both Intel and ARM. The Core i7-1255U creates the display Civ 6: Gathering Storm by Sid Meier at 24.1 fps, while the SQ3 only shows 14.3. The Surface Pro 9 isn’t meant to be a slot machine anyway, and these stats are a good reminder of that.

The chart really isn’t flattering for the SQ 3 processor. In its defense, Microsoft has never touted the raw performance of the Surface Pro 9 with 5G. It is his autonomy that is put forward. In this area, the numbers are very good. In a WLAN surfing test with a screen set to a brightness of 150 cd/m2, the ARM processor lasted 11 hours 17 minutes against 9 hours 50 minutes for the Intel processor. The Snapdragons stand out in terms of autonomy, but does that justify the difference in price (€360 for the same hardware configuration)? Customers remain the sole decision-makers in this matter.

Source : Tom’s guide