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Thankfully, Firefox 3.5.x is available for each system included in this report and we used it for these tests.FutureMark Peacekeeper BenchmarkFutureMark Corporation
The Freescale i.MX515 ARM system fared poorly against its x86 rivals across all Peacekeeper tests. This might be partially accountable to the slow main memory subsystem which saddled Cortex-A8. The i.MX515 Cortex-A8 only has 256kB of L2 cache compared to 512kB for the Athlon and the Atom and 1,024kB for the Nano, so it is much easier for a benchmark to spill out of the Cortex-A8’s L2 cache and into its extremely slow main memory.
ARM representatives agreed that the Cortex-A8’s poor showing on FutureMark Peacekeeper is most likely due its L2 handicap, perhaps making Peacekeeper, in the context of this report, more of a comparison of memory subsystems, not processors.
Note also that the ARM system failed to complete the Peacekeeper complex graphics test.
The VIA Nano L3050 barely pulls out an overall win, its score hurt by very poor performance on bit level operations. The ARM Cortex-A8 beats the Nano on two of these tests. Despite its age, the AMD Mobile Athlon based on the Barton core has delivered competitive performance across nearly all tests.
Take the following chart with a grain of salt because the video subsystems across the three systems are very dissimilar. The VIA, Intel and Freescale systems all used integrated graphics while the AMD system was equipped with a discrete NVIDIA NX6200 AGP card.
Even though the three x86 systems ran at 24-bit color depth, they were all two to three times faster than the ARM system that ran at only 16-bit color depth. We tested all systems at 1024x768 [XGA] resolution except the Atom, which we tested at the native panel resolution of 1024x600.
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