Windows 10 on ARM benchmark shows a big hit in performance
An early Windows 10 on ARM benchmark for an unreleased Asus device doesn’t appear to bode well from a performance perspective. The forthcoming Asustek TP370QL has been run through the Geekbench cross-platform benchmark and the result shows that the virtualization process allowing x86-based Windows to run on ARM comes with significant performance drawbacks. This was always to be expected to some degree, although the performance dropped might be too much for many users.
A device running Android on a Snapdragon 835 can typically expect to pump out a single-core score on Geekbench of around 2,200 and 7,700 on the multi-core test. The Asus device running virtualized Windows 10 on ARM only managed a single-core score of 889 and just 3,174 in the multi-core test. The hit in performance is well over 50 percent, even if the devices can still deliver excellent battery life.
Microsoft’s first attempt at Windows on ARM, Windows RT flopped because confused customers couldn’t understand why they couldn’t run their regular Windows apps on their Windows RT devices. While Windows 10 on ARM won’t cause these sorts of issues, if this benchmark is any guide, Windows 10 on ARM could go the same way as RT unless battery life is of paramount importance. Intel certainly won’t be losing any sleep with performance figures like these, that’s for certain.