Intel Atom x5-Z8350 vs Intel Atom x5-Z8500

Intel Atom x5-Z8350

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The Intel Atom x5-Z8350 is a power efficient quad-core SoC for Windows and Android devices (tablets and convertibles), which has been presented in February 2016. It is clocked at 1.44 - 1.92 GHz and part of the Cherry Trail platform. Thanks to its new 14 nanometer low-power process (P1273) with tri-gate transistors, energy efficiency has been significantly improved over its predecessor Bay Trail-T (e.g. Atom Z3795). In addition to the CPU cores, the SoC offers a DirectX 11.2-capable GPU as well as a LPDDR3 Memory Controller (2x 64 bit, 25.6 GB/s).

Architecture

The processor cores are based on the Airmont architecture, which is basically a slightly modified shrink of the previous Silvermont core. While performance per clock has not been improved, the more efficient 14 nm process leads to a better utilization of the CPU Burst (alias Turbo Boost) and a therefore somewhat higher overall performance.

Performance

Compared to the Atom x5-Z8500, the Atom x5-Z8350 is clocked slightly lower and therefore about 10 percent slower. However, the x5 still beats many ARM-based SoCs and offers a performance similar to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. Compared to the older x5-Z8300, the Z8350 offers 80 MHz higher boost clock and therefore a similar performance. See our X5-Z8300 site for detailed benchmarks.

Using Windows, the chip is adequate for simple everyday tasks such as light browsing or Office, but not for complex software or modern games.

Graphics

The HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) is based on the Intel Gen8 architecture, which supports DirectX 11.2 and is also found in the Broadwell series (e.g. HD Graphics 5300). With 12 EUs (Execution Units) and a clock speed of up to 500 MHz, the GPU is significantly faster as the HD Graphics (Bay Trail) and can handle at least some older and less demandig Windows games in very low settings. The GPU also supports 4K/H.265 video acceleration.

Compared to ARM SoCs, the HD Graphics offers a performance sligthly below a Qualcomm Adreno 330 or PowerVR G6430.

Power Consumption

The entire SoC is rated at an SDP of 2 watts, which indicates a TDP of less than 4 watts. Thus, the chip can be used in passively cooled tablets.

Intel Atom x5-Z8500

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The Intel Atom x5-Z8500 is a power efficient quad-core SoC for Windows and Android devices (tablets and convertibles), which has been presented in March 2015. It is clocked at 1.44 - 2.24 GHz and part of the Cherry Trail platform. Thanks to its new 14 nanometer low-power process (P1273) with tri-gate transistors, energy efficiency has been significantly improved over its predecessor Bay Trail-T (e.g. Atom Z3795). In addition to the CPU cores, the SoC offers a DirectX 11.2-capable GPU as well as a LPDDR3 Memory Controller (2x 64 bit, 25.6 GB/s).

Architecture

The processor cores are based on the Airmont architecture, which is basically a slightly modified shrink of the previous Silvermont core. While performance per clock has not been improved, the more efficient 14 nm process may lead to a better utilization of the CPU Burst (alias Turbo Boost) and therefore a somewhat higher performance in certain situations.

Performance

Compared to the Atom x7-Z8700, the Atom x5-Z8500 is clocked slightly lower and therefore 5 - 10 percent slower. However, the x5 still beats most ARM-based SoCs and offers a performance similar to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

Using Windows, the chip is adequate for everyday tasks such as Internet or Office, but not for very complex software or modern games.

Graphics

The HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) is based on the Intel Gen8 architecture, which supports DirectX 11.2 and is also found in the Broadwell series (e.g. HD Graphics 5300). With 12 EUs (Execution Units) and a clock speed of up to 600 MHz, the GPU is about twice as fast as the HD Graphics (Bay Trail) and will handle older and less demandig Windows games (e.g. Counter-Strike: GO) in very low settings at decent frame rates. The GPU also supports 4K/H.265 video acceleration.

Compared to ARM SoCs, the HD Graphics offers a performance similar to the Qualcomm Adreno 330 or PowerVR G6430.

Power Consumption

The entire SoC is rated at an SDP of 2 watts, which indicates a TDP of less than 4 watts. Thus, the chip can be used in passively cooled tablets.

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Intel Atom x5-Z8550 (compare)1440 - 2400 MHz4 / 4
Intel Atom x5-Z85001440 - 2240 MHz4 / 4
» Intel Atom x5-Z83501440 - 1920 MHz4 / 4
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 (compare)1440 - 1840 MHz4 / 4
Intel Atom x5-E8000 (compare)1040 - 2000 MHz4 / 4
Intel Atom x5-Z8550 (compare)1440 - 2400 MHz4 / 4
» Intel Atom x5-Z85001440 - 2240 MHz4 / 4
Intel Atom x5-Z83501440 - 1920 MHz4 / 4
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 (compare)1440 - 1840 MHz4 / 4
Intel Atom x5-E8000 (compare)1040 - 2000 MHz4 / 4
1440 - 1920 MHz1440 - 2240 MHz
2 MB2 MB
4 / 44 / 4
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Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail, 200 - 500 MHz), Wireless Display, AES-NI, max. 2 GB Single-Channel DDR3L-RS-1600 (12,8 GB/s), USB 3.0, 1x PCIe 2.0Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail, 200 - 600 MHz), Wireless Display, AES-NI, max. 8 GB Dual-Channel LPDDR3-1600 (25,6 GB/s), 3x USB 3.0, 2x PCIe 2.0
iGPUIntel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) (200 - 500 MHz)Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) (200 - 600 MHz)
Intel Atom x5 Z8350Intel Atom x5 Z8500

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 81     avg: 95.4     median: 97 (2%)     max: 101 Points
min: 73     avg: 103.3     median: 106 (2%)     max: 127 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 25     avg: 28.3     median: 28 (13%)     max: 31 Points
min: 35     avg: 35.8     median: 35 (16%)     max: 37 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
1.2 Points (3%)
1.4 Points (3%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
0.4 Points (18%)
0.4 Points (22%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 817     avg: 901     median: 902 (10%)     max: 999 Points
min: 1164     avg: 1166     median: 1166 (13%)     max: 1168 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 2575     avg: 2939.2     median: 2978 (5%)     max: 3130 Points
min: 2947     avg: 3539     median: 3563 (5%)     max: 4107 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
5560 Points (7%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
1656 Points (16%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
1107.8 seconds (13%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
36.2 seconds (7%)
wPrime 1.55 - 1024m *
2776.2 seconds (11%)
wPrime 1.55 - 32m *
86.7 seconds (46%)
WinRAR - Result
min: 768     avg: 841.7     median: 872 (10%)     max: 885 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 6     avg: 7.2     median: 7 (0%)     max: 8 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 33     avg: 36.6     median: 36 (13%)     max: 40 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.1 GB/s (5%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.2 GB/s (5%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
0.6 GB/s (3%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 1693     avg: 1947.3     median: 1991 (13%)     max: 2158 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 38     avg: 38.8     median: 38 (8%)     max: 39 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 85     avg: 85.6     median: 85 (4%)     max: 86 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 1839     avg: 1856.3     median: 1856 (8%)     max: 1873 Seconds
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 987     avg: 1266.7     median: 1313 (7%)     max: 1418 points
min: 869     avg: 1257.8     median: 1353 (7%)     max: 1456 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
12990 Points (8%)
min: 8135     avg: 11060.7     median: 10445 (7%)     max: 14602 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 8436     avg: 12569.7     median: 14078 (16%)     max: 15195 Points
min: 16673     avg: 18407.5     median: 18407 (21%)     max: 20142 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 929     avg: 1036.3     median: 1071 (3%)     max: 1109 Points
min: 909     avg: 1087.3     median: 1136 (3%)     max: 1217 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
1588 Points (5%)
1727 Points (5%)
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
1126 Points (14%)
3DMark - Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
1151 Points (24%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2130     avg: 2246.8     median: 2289 (3%)     max: 2332 Points
min: 1848     avg: 2454.5     median: 2454 (3%)     max: 3061 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 709     avg: 754.6     median: 760 (16%)     max: 796 Points
min: 817     avg: 858.5     median: 858 (18%)     max: 900 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 1975     avg: 2778.3     median: 3170 (8%)     max: 3190 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 856     avg: 949     median: 990 (20%)     max: 1001 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
min: 5300     avg: 5410.7     median: 5326 (2%)     max: 5606 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 1980     avg: 2227     median: 2264 (8%)     max: 2399 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 836     avg: 887.8     median: 890 (15%)     max: 934 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 880     avg: 903     median: 903 (14%)     max: 926 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 2296     avg: 2393     median: 2393 (4%)     max: 2490 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 5047     avg: 5907.7     median: 5630 (9%)     max: 7229 ms
min: 4420     avg: 4727.5     median: 4706 (8%)     max: 5142 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 374     avg: 387     median: 386 (4%)     max: 399 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 4722     avg: 6393.2     median: 6494 (12%)     max: 7265 Points
min: 7843     avg: 8026.5     median: 8033 (15%)     max: 8197 Points
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
58565 Points (20%)
min: 70385     avg: 71734     median: 71734 (24%)     max: 73083 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score
3376 Points (28%)
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
4671 Points (24%)
min: 5152     avg: 5215.5     median: 5215 (27%)     max: 5279 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Atom x5-Z8350 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Atom x5-Z8500 → 106%

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