Benchmark test reveals that Intel's version of the LG Nuclun 2 chipset is superior to TSMC's variant

Benchmark test reveals that Intel's version of the LG Nuclun 2 chipset is superior to TSMC's variant
The version of Apple's A9 chipset produced by TSMC reportedly outperforms the Samsung manufactured A9 chipset. When it comes to the LG Nuclun 2 chip designed by LG, it seems that the TSMC made prototype might be somewhat inferior to a protoype of the chip produced by Intel. The difference is that the Intel chips are produced using the 14nm process, while TSMC employs the 16nm process for the production of its Nuclun 2 chips.

Both versions of the chipset were run through a benchmark site. The Intel variant of the LG Nuclun 2 scored 1,980 on the Geekbench single-core test, and a 6689 in the multi-core test. The TSMC prototype tallied 1721 for the single-core test, and 5710 in multi-core.

Based on the benchmark tests, it would seem that Intel will probably get the call from LG to manufacture the chipset, and both companies might have already shaken hands on a deal. Late last month, we told you that LG and Intel had agreed to work together on a new mobile chip. The LG Nuclun 2 employs the big.LITTLE architecture with four Cortex-A72 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores.

Whatever LG decides to do, the company will surely make some sort of public announcement. While it would seem obvious that this will be Intel's gig, stranger things have happened. After all, there are other factors that LG needs to consider including pricing and yields.

source: Weibo via GforGames

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34 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2816; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Lucky Goldstar!

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

2016: Game of Phones. Fr tho LG better make a killer ISP algorithm for the G5! Although I think Intl variants will get the 820 and Korea will stay nuclin

2. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

All hail the Nuclun 2! Awaiting the G5. And for $550 after it's few months of launching (since the G4 is currently $450)... This will be a heck of a package!

8. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

nuclun 2 wont be ready befor second carter 2016

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

@PA The 16nm A9 version of TSMC outperforms Sammy's 14nm version, true but why not state the obvious reason and fact: Apple A9 was 100% designed for TSMC's manufacturing node, and was then modified to try to adapt it on Sammy's process (just like how most android apps are first made for iOS then ported into Android)... So it is very natural for TSMC's A9 to outperform Samsung's A9, because it was not pivotaly designed for Sammy's process in the first place!

24. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Actually look at the real test done on arstechinca... with both phones at the exact same brightness and exact same apps, the Samsung one outperforms the TSMC variant

33. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

I am not sure, but TSMC said to be using 16nm FinFet+ (instead of just FinFet) for the Apple A9, while Samung used 14nm LPE(Low-Power-Early). Samsung upcoming processors are on 14nm LPP(Low-Power-Plus).

4. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

dayummmm those scores are crazy all i hope is LG get it together in the design department... i want a phone as slim as possible, i dont care if i cant remove the battery, but i want premium design, feel and materials

9. middlehead

Posts: 456; Member since: May 12, 2014

Stop buying Android phones, you're ruining them for me.

14. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

G3 + metal design + bigger battery + g4 camera = insta buy for me

36. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Crazy low and easily crushed by the new Exynos 8890 chip.

37. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

samsung troll Detected

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Nobody makes money with TSMC™

21. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Apple doesn't make money?

7. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Surprised...Intel working with LG on ARM based soc.

32. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Intel is open for anyone to use, just like Samsung, TSMC, GF etc.

10. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I dont mine much about removable battery.just stuff the phone with a great battery and im ok with it.but it definetly needs to have micro sd support.Waiting for the G5.

11. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Since when did Intel have an ARM licence?

15. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The licence will be with lg I be thinking, it means nothing who makes it for them

19. kamejoko

Posts: 249; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

haha, intel have free time help lg made cpu?. intel doen't have experience with arm cpu. and lg doesn't have big demand highend smartphone. now atom still behind arm cpu, but intel help lg for arm cpu?. unbelievable.

20. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Nothing unbelievable about it at all. Intel have the most advanced fabrication facilities on the planet and they can be used to make any type of CPU. Whether they're producing ARM or x64 chips makes no difference.

28. markoss

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 04, 2015

LG used to rival Samsung with LG semi conductors during the 1990's. When the Asian financial crisis occurred, Then President Kim forced LG to sell it's chip business to rival Hyundai electronics despite the strong protest from LG. It did not make any sense to many since LG was more electronics chaebol than Hyundai ever was (more into heavy industries, construction and automobiles). Many speculated that President Kim favored Hyundai and gave them as some gift in return for Hyundai's aggressive role and support in government's Pro North Korea peace policy - so called "Sun shine policy". Hyundai electronics which merged with LG later day became what is Hynix, went bankrupt and SK purchased the company and finally became SK Hynix which is today. It was obvious Hyundai could not run the chip business as well as LG. Later it was told LG CEO Mr. Koo cried after he was forced to sell the chip division, which was a legacy of his father. We can only say that it must be LG's destiny and never ceasing ambition to come back to chip business one day.

12. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I would have impressed near 2500 single core score with A72 chip from Intel foundry.

16. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Great. Now if LG could use common sense with their screens as well and start using FHD instead of QHD then I'd be tempted to try an LG device. I want better stamina and the tricks that LG uses (like dim screens) don't cut it! Not to mention the abysmal framerates with games.

17. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

LG is finally gaining ground. They had by far the best flagship of 2013 with the g2, rivaled only by the note 3 (my opinion) the g3 in my eyes was also better than the s5, this year however compared to 13 and 14 lg has a bit of a backslide, mostly due to Qualcomm (also my opinion) I think they now see that they can't put all of their eggs in the Qualcomm basket

18. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

QHD is just killing smoothness and framerates.

25. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Over at tomshardware, they found the samsung process to have better power efficiency. PA next time make sure you have your information correct.http://www.tomshardware.com/news/iphone-6s-a9-samsung-vs-tsmc,30306.html

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

finally intel make ARM processors

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um the Samsung one is the better performer now. Too bad the damage was done and people now think the TMSC one is superior. Great viral marketing by whoever did it. TMSC or a Samsung hater? Who knows. That said, I would trust intel over anyone else and that includes Samsung and Apple. Technically they should be the wisest and most powerhouse chip manufacturer.

29. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"The version of Apple's A9 chipset produced by TSMC reportedly outperforms the Samsung manufactured A9 chipset." PA? Alan? This line has no purpose in this article. None. It's irrelevant to the subject matter and succeeds only as a dig at Samsung to rile up partisan sentiments. My expectations of PhoneArena are already pretty low these days, but come on... Be better than this.

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