The ARM Cortex-A9 Can Beat Out The Intel Atom

Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 3 September 2012. Page 4 of 4. 40 Comments

The ARM Cortex-A9 at 1.0GHz with hardfp binaries was also much faster than the Intel N450.

Ending out these results, the dual-core Cortex-A9 at 1.0GHz on the ORIGEN was faster than the Samsung netbook with its dual-core Atom N450 running at 1.0GHz.

Overall these independently-provided Gentoo Linux ARMv7 hardfp vs. x32/x86_64 results are quite interesting and positive for the current-generation hardware when comparing the Intel Atom and Cortex-A9 at the same clock speeds.

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