Intel Atom Z3735F vs Atom x5-Z8300 Benchmarks Comparison

I’m in the process of reviewing Tronsmart Ara X5 mini PC with Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” processor, and while testing is not complete yet, I’ve already run PCMark8 benchmarks in the Windows 10 device, so I’ve decided to compare the results I got with MeLE PCG03 mini PC running Windows 10 based on an older Z3735F Bay Trail-T processor that’s about the same price, and with the same 2W TDP. This post can be considered a work in progress, as I may update it latter to add more benchmarks results in Windows or/and Linux (Phoronix).

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Atom Z3735F CPU Module (Left) vs Atom x5-Z8300 CPU Module (Right)

Th exact test I ran was “PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Conventional 3.0”. Both system resolutions were set to 1920×1080, however one noticeable difference is that MeLE PCG03 ran Windows 10 Home 32-bit, while Tronsmart Ara X5 ran Windows 10 Home 64-bit.

Benchmark MeLE PCG03
Intel Atom Z3735F Bay-Trail @ 1.33 GHz / 1.83 GHz (Turbo)
Tronsmart Ara X5
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail @ 1.44 GHz / 1.84 GHz (Turbo)
Ratio
PCMark8
Overall Score 1052 1048 1.00
Web Browsing – JunglePin 0.58064 s 0.67417 s 0.86
Web Browsing – Amazonia 0.19591 s 0.23567 s 0.83
Writing 11 s 11.78254 s 0.93
Casual Gaming 6.7 fps 7.62 fps 1.14
Video Chat playback 30 fps 29.95 fps 1.00
Video Chat encoding 318 ms 364 ms 0.87
Photo Editing 2.7 s 2.63164 s 1.03

A score greater than one means that the Cherry Trail processor outperforms, with some score where higher is better, and others where lower is better. The overall score shows both platforms have about the same performance, although the detailed results show 3735F being slightly faster for web browsing, write and video chat encoding, while x5-Z8300 was better at casual gaming, so the Gen8 GPU appears to help here despited the lower frequency (400MHz vs 677 MHz) reported in HWInfo32/64.

Even though, you should not expect a boost in performance, the Cherry Trail processor however has two advantages: support for 3840×2160 up to 30 Hz / 4096×2160 up to 24Hz, and HEVC/H.265 hardware support. PCMark8 simulates real tasks like photo editing, but it might be useful to add some other synthetic benchmarks.

[Update 25/8/2015: So finally I decided to run Passmark and 3DMark benchmark. I don’t own MeLE PCG03 so instead I used MeLE PCG01 stick, also based on Intel Atom Z3735F, and upgraded to Windows 10. MeLE PCG03 and PCG01 had about the same results with PCMark8 in Win 8.1 (1,105 vs 1,106 )

Benchmark MeLE PCG01
Intel Atom Z3735F @ 1.33 GHz
Tronsmart Ara X5
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 @ 1.44 GHz
 Ratio
Passmark 8
Passmark Rating* 466 508 1.09
CPU Mark 904 1444 1.60
2D Graphics Mark 125 128 1.02
3D Graphics Mark 123 238 1.93
Memory Mark 423 575 1.36
3DMark
Ice Storm 1.2 14069 19709 1.40
Cloud Gate 1.1 1156 1660 1.44
Sky Diver 1.0 439 885 2.02
Fire Strike 0 (Driver Failure) 202 N/A

These two benchmarks show a significant better performance for the Atom x5-Z8300 processor when it comes with 3D graphics with the Cherry Trail processor being between 40% to over 100% faster compared to Z3735F. The CPU Mark is also 60% faster, while the memory mark is 30% faster. Again, both systems were benchmarked at 1920×1080 @ 60Hz resolution and frame rate.

* Passmark Rating also includes the storage performance, and Disk Mark was 200 for Ara X5, and 700 for PCG01, which should explain why the overall score is closer than one would have expected.

Links to the results page:

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Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon
4 years ago

Then there is the Z3736F, yet another Intel device that seems to offer little if any performance boost. Intel’s recent product proliferation seems to have more to do with merchandising than with technological advancement.

eric
4 years ago

Have you tried to test with 3DMark? people said it have nearly doubled over the Intel Z3735F SoCs.

onebir
onebir
4 years ago

Same TDP but is actual power consumption the same? (Isn’t Cherry Trial die size significantly smaller?)

fathony
fathony
4 years ago

@onebir
Cherry Trail’s SDP (not Thermal but Scenario) is lower than Bay Trail, and Cherry Trail’s litography is smaller too.
see http://ark.intel.com/compare/80274,87383

Steven Lin
4 years ago

@fathony
I’m wondering if there is any reduction in power consumption since going from 22nm to 14nm shall give more power budget.
Benchmarking Rockchip RK3288 vs Atom X5-Z8300 in performance/power consumption will be interesting. they are both similar in performance/power/cost. RK3288 has design wins in low end Chromebook, Atom X5-Z8300 may have advantage in cheap Windows 10 tablet/notebook/2-in-1.

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[…] Trail devices launched recently, but the Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor found in most new devices does not offer that much over the older Intel Atom Z3735F, and only an handful of devices have been released based on the more powerful Atom x7-Z8700 […]

艦これ名無しの提督さん
艦これ名無しの提督さん
4 years ago

so Z8300 is virtually the same as Z3735F?

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Jleo
Jleo
4 years ago

@艦これ名無しの提督さん
Cherry Trail processor has two major advantages, support for 3840×2160 up to 30 Hz / 4096×2160 up to 24Hz, and HEVC/H.265 hardware support.

spiderbit
spiderbit
4 years ago

hi,

is the Z8300 still limited to 32bit uefi bullshit?

That was the reason I did not buy a Z37xx based device. if you can install every linux you want without modification and dont are forced to use ubuntu and or hack around cracy stuff, the rest of the linux driver support will be shurely much better, too.

highwind
highwind
4 years ago

@spiderbit
No it isnt limited to 32-Bit UEFI… it isnt even limited to 4GB RAM (although that the official statement from Intel)

Check this video at 5:35
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bVqnaIaY3E
Clearly shows 64 bit Windows with 4GB usable

That alone makes Z8300 superior to Z37xx, atleast for me

spiderbit
spiderbit
4 years ago

@highwind highwind : @spiderbit Clearly shows 64 bit Windows with 4GB usable That alone makes Z8300 superior to Z37xx, atleast for me what you say is true for bot Z37xx and Z8300 both are 64bit cpus but still in reality both got sold with 32bit uefi.maybe there are some rare exceptions maybe some socs or something, but if you buy a 2in1 laptop you can be 99% shure its with 32bit uefi. I at least found out that the one z8300 thing that sold here first had 32bit uefi. btw a 32bit uefi as far as I understand dont hinders… Read more »

cortex-a72
cortex-a72
4 years ago

@spiderbit “… linux got rid of the support, …” so you say Intel and Microsoft are the ones to blame for that linux didn’t manage to get booted by 32-bit uefi? all it needed for this was to supply 32-bit bootloader executable for that uefi. and then switch to whatever mode it wants. Did It fail on this? It was unable to give such an executable or was it unable to switch into long mode after gaining control of execution? And Intel is in charge of this? WRIGHT! so sympthomatic. Then if you are giving an excuse for linux saying:… Read more »

spiderbit
spiderbit
4 years ago

@cortex-a72 its not so easy than you think, the boot part every distro develops more or less eclusivly, especialy since this secure-make-linux-harder-for-consumers-to-boot crap every distro has a seperate own boot procedure, as example I think redhat has something called gummy-boot when I remember right. So every single distributor, not matter if its a big company like redhat or a 1-2 man distro has to rewrite all that crap. ok maybe distros that are no real distro but subdistros thta use 99 to 100% of as example ubuntu packages dont have to do that themselv. but still there is no central… Read more »

eric
eric
4 years ago

hello i dont understand all review
so i prefer to ask you for not to do a mistake …

if i need to buy a netbook

must i buy :

1- atom x5-z8300

2-celeron n3050

3-atom z3735f

thank you

sinned
sinned
4 years ago

cnxsoft :

Better go with the Celeron processor (N3050 / N3150) for netbooks.
The CPU performance: z3735F < x5-Z8300 < N3050, although the difference is not that great between models.
GPU in x5-Z8300 and N3050 is quite faster than in Z3735F
Peripherals are usually better in N3050 with SATA, USB 3.0, …

What’s even more important. The N3050 has full SSD support.

Lala
Lala
3 years ago

Wait a moment! in cpubenchmark page the N3050 has an score of 906 and the Z8300 1202, that’s 35% more, why you say is better? this benchmarks doesn’t matter?

Lala
Lala
3 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) Ok i see right now i have a desktop with a E5200 cpu (s: 1018 t: 1495) overall is good for browsing but using PS or others heavy applications is a bit sluggish so i wanted to buy a subnotebook and i was checking the cpumark score to check how the performance compares to my current CPU, i actually wanted to buy one with an x5-Z8500 (s: 503 t: 1705) it does a better overall score but is 100% less when it comes to single threaded tasks, do you think the performance would be actually worse than… Read more »

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