Surface 3 with Atom x7-Z8700 review

Surface 3 weighs mere 622 grams which is astounding for a tablet that runs full version of Windows 8.1 on a powerful Intel Atom X7 Z8700. It is the most powerful Intel Atom processor till date and is based on Cherry Trail architecture. In fact in the Atom X7 8700 benchmarks we found that it packs the same amount of power packed in high end laptops during Windows 7 era. 

Surface 3 review with Atom x7-Z8700

Comparison of Cherry Trail and Bay Trail

Codenamed Cherry Trail Bay Trail
Product name Atom x5 / x7 Atom Z3700
Manufacturing process rules 14nm 22nm
CPU Airmont Silvermont
CPU core number Four Four
GPU Intel GMA Gen8 Intel GMA Gen7
A graphics API OpenGL4.2 / Direct 3D 11.1 /
OpenCL 1.2 / OpenGL ES 3.0
OpenGL3.2 / Direct 3D11 / OpenCL 1.1
The maximum number of EU Sixteen Four
QSV Correspondence Correspondence
Memory 2×64 LPDDR3 1600-8GB 2×64 LPDDR3 1066 4GB
Maximum bandwidth 25.6GB / sec 17.1GB / sec
Storage I / O eMMC4.51 eMMC4.51

The biggest difference between the Bay Trail and Cherry Trail is that the GPU has been greatly enhanced in the latter. We tested the Microsoft Surface 3 with X7 Z8700 along with ThinkPad T410s, Vaio Duo 13 and ThinkPad 8. As you can see in the tablet shown below, the performance improvement made from Bay Trail to Cherry Trail is actually quite large.

ThinkPad T410s(Core i5-M540) VAIO Duo 13(Core i5-4200U) ThinkPad 8(Atom Z3770) Surface 3(Atom x7-Z8700)
3DMark ICE storm Unlimited
Score 16200 43289 15517 25143
Graphics Score 14491 49290 14541 27417
Physics Score 27600 30355 20289 19487
Graphics test 1(fps) 90.37 313.65 77.72 135.42
Graphics test 2(fps) 48.36 162.76 53.29 106.64
PCMark8 v2
Physics test(fps) 87.62 96.37 64.41 61.87
Home Conventional 3.0 score 1735 2302 953 1487
Web Browsing -JunglePin 0.381 0.344 0.672 0.512
Web Browsing -Amazonia 0.138 0.14 0.212 0.171
Writing 4.59 4.91 10.28 9.57
Photo Editing v2 0.975 0.93 3.098 1.759
Video Chat v2/Video Chat playback 1 v2(fps) 30 30 30 30
Video Chat v2/Video Chat encoding v2(ms) 183.7 142 393.7 212
WinSAT 5.3 23.8 4.1 14.2
Casual Gaming(fps) 5.3 23.8 4.1 14.2

Surface 3 with Atom x7-Z8700 and 4GB memory is a great business tool. It is quite powerful and do most of your jobs easily and effectively.

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