Intel is very excited about their ambitious Core M processor and were showing it off at IDF 2014. The performance segment dual-core processor has a thermal envelope of only 4.5W, which makes it ideal for tablets, ultra-portables, and mainstream desktops. Intel was showing a 12.5-inch tablet running a Core M 5Y70 chip. This is an MCM of the CPU and PCH dies. The CPU features two “Broadwell” 64-bit x86 cores, a new graphics processor with 24 execution units and 192 stream engines, 4 MB of L3 cache, a dual-channel LPDDR3 memory controller and a PCI-Express 3.0 root complex.
The tablet featuring the chip was put through three benchmarks tests they included Cinebench R11.5, SunSpider 1.0.2, and 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited.
In Cinebench R11.5 the Core M scores 17 FPS in the GL bench and has a CPU score of 2.48 pts. That is just about 60% the performance of a Core i7-870, much higher than anything Atom, Pentium or AMD E-Series. In SunSpider the Core M scored 142.8 using Internet Explorer 12 running under Windows 8.1. Finally in the 3DMark Ice Storm unlimited the Core M scored 50985 points. That would be double that of a Qualcom Snapdragon 800 and faster than IGPs that AMD’s E-Series APUs ship with. I would have to say we are very intrigued.