In October last year, a strange Google device called “rammus” had surfaced online running on an Intel Core M3-8100Y processor. A different variant of the same device has now popped up on Geekbench, this time running on a more powerful Intel chipset and packing twice as much RAM.
Google Rammus With “Shyvana” Motherboard Makes Another Appearance on Geekbench
The new Google rammus listing on Geekbench reveals the device is running on an Intel Core i7-8500Y dual-core processor with a 4.20 GHz base frequency. In comparison, the previous Google rammus device caught on Geekbench was powered by an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor. Both the chips are based on the Amber Lake microarchitecture and are built on an improved 14nm+ FinFET process. They also have an identical 5W TDP rating, which means the performance gap between the Core i7 and m3 chips is not as significant as you may expect.
Apart from a slightly more powerful processor, the Geekbench listing reveals the device packs 8GB of RAM. The previous rammus featured “only” 4GB of RAM. As for the benchmarking scores, the Core i7-powered rammus achieved a single-core score of 4,054 points and a multi-core score of 8,247 points. In comparison, the Core m3-powered rammus scored 3,479 points in the single-core test and 6,312 points in the multi-core test. As for software, Geekbench detected the device’s operating system as being Android 9.0 Pie this time. However, it is highly likely that the device is actually running Chrome OS. Just like the previous Google rammus listings on Geekbench, the motherboard is listed as “Shyvana”. The hardware appears to be identical to the current Pixel Slate, which was unveiled alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones at the “Made by Google” event in October last year. The Pixel Slate is available with four different CPU options: Intel Celeron 3965Y, Core m3-8100Y, Core i5-8200Y, and Core i7-8500Y. When the Google rammus showed up on Geekbench last year, many had speculated that it could be an earlier prototype that was scrapped by Google. Others suggested it could instead be a more affordable version of the Google Pixel Slate.