It was revealed earlier that Intel was working on new Pentium series processors which would be based off the Ivy Bridge core. Well an Intel Sales kit recently slipped by which unveils the performance numbers of these latest ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) chips against Trinity APUs from AMD.
The tests used by Intel consist of PCMark07, SYSmark 2012 and HDXPRT 2011 which not only demonstrate the computation performance of the processors but overall system performance. In addition to the Pentium 2117U and Trinity APUs, Intel also added the Core i3-3217U, Pentium 987 and Celeron 877 to the comparison slide. The Celeron 877 was recently launched by Intel whereas the Pentium 987 (Sandy Bridge) is currently an unreleased processor, A faster Pentium 997 ULV chip is also expected to hit retail in Q4 2012.
Before moving on to the benchmarks, let us take a look at the specifications of the 2117 ULV, it features 2 cores and 2 threads maintaining a base clock of 1.8GHz with 2MB of L3 cache and a rated TDP of 17W. It was compared against the Trinity A8/A6/A4 series chips which are also ULV CPUs ranging 2.6/2.1/2.0GHz maintaining 17W TDP designs.
The benchmark shows that the 2117U is definitely faster than the Pentium 987 (Sandy bridge) due to a boost of 300Mhz in clock speed. In all benchmarks the 2117U stays ahead of the Trinity ULVs while staying head to head against the A8 in PC Mark 07. While Intel is gaining faster performance on the CPU side, we would sure like to see how much it fairs against trinity in GPU tests since that’s the place where AMD is a leap ahead of its rival.
Although things are about to change with the upcoming Haswell which is said to offer much faster IGP performance over Ivy Bridge, More here.