Originally Posted by Frood
What is more fundamental than reading is comprehension, or even being able to draw your own conclusions based on data. This is AI and usually is pretty good at spinning the facts to support their team. Yes, if you 'read' the article it makes it sound like the 5s would really like to be faster- so I'm assuming that's what you're making your 'The 5S is much faster than the Note' claim despite the article showing the data that proves otherwise?
If you look at the actual data provided..... The Note 3 was faster in 3 out of the 4 tests, without cheating (the cheating tests are no contest, and without question dubious on Samsung's part). The article references this "essentially tied' but is quick to point out that 'Apple won' in the one metric that it actually did slightly beat the others. Its pretty good kindergarden spin when 'winning is winning, but losing is a tie'
The author is quick to make the tests seem skewed or almost unfair because Apple ran them with 'half the clock speed and half the RAM' and then nicely schmoozes the fact that the test was run on a native 64 bit benchmark instead of the running the same test as the other phones. In my book both tests are perfectly valid- the Apple 5s ships with half the clock speed and half the RAM... and the other phones don't support 64 bit so there you go. But even running the native 64 bit benchmark it was still slower in 3 of the 4 tests as unpopular a result as that might be on this site.
1. 64-bit CPUs do not have advantage over 32-bit CPUs when running 32-bit tests/benchmarks as the software does not take advantage of the additional registers and their greater size. ARM Cortex A15 already has a 64-bit data path between RAM and CPU cache.
2. Snapdragon is running at a 77% higher frequency, meaning more than twice the power needed (non-linear increase).
3. Snapdragon has twice the cores, meaning twice the consumption when all cores work (as is the case with benchmarks). That's why ARM created the big.LITTLE architecture. Samsung's implementation, however, is awful.
So, for close to 5 times the power consumption you get mind-blowing 3% better performance scores.
4. Benchmarks usually scale extremely well (close to perfect) on multi-core platforms. That is never the case with real-world applications, except for some cases that are usually run on supercomputers, or on GPUs.
So, it seems to me that the iPhone 5s has the most powerful mobile CPU. Apple chose not to over-do it with 4 cores, nor boost the frequency. Because A7's purpose is to power a phone, not a data center.