Allwinner A31 CPU cracks 5000 on 3DMark test

3dmarkBenchmarks are useful tools for nailing down the performance levels of everything from RAM to SSDs to CPUs.

And today, it looks as though Allwinner’s A31 may have touched on a new high with reports its topped the 5000 mark, thanks to new SDK 3.2 firmware. The claim is its 40% faster than its nearest competitor.

The Allwinner A31-series are quad-core SoC CPUs based on ARM’s Cortex A7 design with PowerVR SGX544MP2 multi-core graphics engine.

Certainly the result is impressive compared with these chips graphed here. The Exynos 4412, the chip powering Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III smartphone of 2012, scored 3199 in this testing, which is actually noticeably higher than Futuremark’s official performance page┬áresult of 2883. Nvidia’s Tegra 3, powering Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet, hit 3521.

However, it’s probably worth keeping these scores in perspective – looking at that Futuremark list of its 3DMark Android performers, the Pantech Vega Iron, a 5-inch smartphone, tops the charts with an impressive 11554, more than twice as fast as the Allwinner A31. That’s not to say the Allwinner A31 hasn’t done well for what is essentially a budget chip, but it’s clear it has a long way to go to match the likes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600.

What is interesting is that virtually all of the top performers now are using Qualcomm’s own Krait CPU core, with only the Exynos 5 Octa-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 with its twin Cortex A15 and A7 CPU design the only non-Krait CPU in the Top 20. It’ll be interesting to see when Allwinner, Rockchip and other similar-tier CPU makers begin tinerking with Cortex A12 or A15 development themselves.

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