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Chrome Show: Samsung Chromebook 2 benchmarks don’t impress

It’s far too early to dismiss the new Samsung Chromebook 2 laptops but the early signs based on benchmarks suggest a limited performance gain over their predecessors. That’s OK, if you do buy one — or any other new Chromebook for that matter — you now get a 60 day trial of Google(s goog) Play Music All Access. And Google is trying to woo more developers with ways to monetize themes, apps and extensions in the Chrome Web Store.

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7 Responses to “Chrome Show: Samsung Chromebook 2 benchmarks don’t impress”

  1. Paul matencio

    Kevin I believe you missed the point. Only 1 of 18 Octane 2.0 tests run multi-cores, all the other tests just run on single.

    To be fair, you should run 1,2,4 and 8 Octane 2.0 in // to assess the new Samsung CB.

    I ran Octane 2.0 on my old C7 ( dual core 1.1 Mhz ) and Chrome OS 34( Beta channel). Here are the results

    1 Run : 7107 ( pretty fast compared to 6200 sometimes ago)
    2 Runs in // : 5430 and 6645 ( average = 6037 or -15%)
    4 Runs in //: 3023,2943,2919,6386 ( average= 3817 or -46%)

    I believe he average scores will drop sharply with 8 concurrent runs

    Just to say that number of cores mater and the new Samsung octa-processors CB will perform much better than any Intel dual cores CB( but the Pixel?) when you have multiple applications active concurrently.

    On the other hands, the new Samsung single core might be not fast enough for some heavy sites that require a lot of processor to load.

  2. Wesley Files

    I just ran benchmarks on my own Samsung Chromebook (series 3) in guest mode, and the results were between 5% and 10% better for the Samsung 2 among the tests.

    And yet, the Samsung Chromebook 2, 11 inch version has two more A15 cores, all four with higher clockspeeds at that (1.9 GHz as compared to the series 3’s 1.7 GHz) and four additional A7 cores that can all be used at once with the Octa version.

    I can’t imagine how it would only feel like “10% better” when you’re using it. These benchmark tests are…

    • That’s good information, Wesley. It’s entirely possible that Chrome OS isn’t optimized to take advantage of all of the cores in the new Samsung octo-core chip, which would also cause lower scores than we might think.

      • Wesley Files

        That’s not something I would have considered at all, but is completely fair.
        The limited research (Googling) I’ve done on the three benchmarks used in the video say that the tests don’t attempt to consider multiple cores, regardless of OS though.

      • Paul matencio

        Chrome OS has no problem with multi-cores since it is based on Linux. Octane 2.0 benchmark test JavaScript performance on 1 Core and not on 8 cores. I believe only the zlib ( 1 of 18) test is testing multi-core.
        This is to say that Octane 2.0 is comparing a single ARM core against a single Intel Haswell core and that’s all.