MediaTek puts octa-core chip against quad cores, shows its extra oomph in Gameloft’s Modern Combat 5

MediaTek is the rising Chinese star amongst chip manufacturers and just last week it officially unveiled its octa-core MT6592 chip. To further convince you in all the benefits of eight cores it has partnered with Gameloft for its upcoming Modern Combat 5, and it’s showing some awesome effects made possible because of the multiple cores.

The video demo is right below and you can see the additional textures, reflections, particles rendition, flares and all other visual candy that spices up the first-person shooter. MediaTek claims it has the first “true” octa-core chip that makes all of that possible.

Now, MediaTek compares the MT6592 with a generic “quad-core” processor, but it seems obvious that it is gunning at Qualcomm, the largest chip maker that currently relies on the quad-core Snapdragon 800 and its upcoming Snapdragon 805 high-end chip is also quad-core.

Still, even though MediaTek claims all these graphical advances are possible because of the eight cores, it’s more reasonable to speak about graphical chips rather than processors when gaming is concerned. We have seen other devices score admirable framerates at even most demanding games (and Apple’s dual-core A7 is a brilliant example), so we wouldn’t want to dumb down the debate and just assume eight is better because it’s more. Truth is that very few apps and games are optimized to take full advantage of even quad-core chips, and for octa-core the number will be even lower.

There are some exceptions, though, and Modern Combat 5 seems to be one of them. Take a look at how this translates in real-life gaming right below.

source: GSM Arena



1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Pretty impressive for a chipset that will be found in low cost devices. I think this would make a great chipset for a budget-friendly tablet.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Just a paid advertisement from MediaTek . Ofcourse upcoming low end phones are lucky to have this chip.

9. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

The graphics rely more on the GPU so the "octa-core" ad is kinda pointless. What they should've done is tried multiple tabs in one browser. All those cores clocking up at 2Ghz each will surely handle that kind of load. Or, they could've done a tablet mock-up of four or more windowed apps. Let's say a 2560 x 1600 res screen playing a 1080p video (via browser) on one window, an HD game on one window, epic citadel running on one window, anything on fourth window.

14. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

budget-friendly and also gaming tablet or smartphone... Agree?

2. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

It is really near to desktop processors!

3. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Why did mediatek compare its 8-cores processor with 4-cores processor? It's unfair. The mediatek can do the comparison again if only the qualcomm has built the octa cores too :)

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

?? thats the point, they are comparing to quadcore because other like qualcomm say that octacores have no advantage over quadcores (that are even worse)

11. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

The advantage is just maximizing the gpu, not the performance :) No doubt if quadcore snapdragon still better than that the octacore mtk. So the octacore mediatek is useless, not the cpu was good, but the gpu

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This video is stupid, basically all the graphics are handled by the GPU, not the CPU.

6. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

You're right. Cortex A7 = A8. Can not compare with A15. all the graphics are handled by the GPU, not the CPU. Gameloft and Mediatek try to scams people. Bad

7. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Cool CS:S effects :)

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Cheap marketing. No mention of the quad core in question, of course. I assume it is probably the Tegra 3 or Exynos 4, since even the Adreno 320 is as fast, if not faster than the GPU in this MTK chip.

12. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

It seems that the GPU in question is the Mali 450MP4. While decent, that is nowhere near the power of Adreno 330

13. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

The tegra 3 had water droplet effects (on rip-tide) as one of their show casings in 2012. So er, Media Tek, I would say welcome to 2012. And although my gaming and cpu and programming tech is limited- a friend said to me most intensive gaming works off linear programming and hence runs off 1 core or 2 at most. So a higher CPU rating is better that just adding cores (that seems to be the direction of Nividia and Qualcomm) for gaming purposes. But I stand corrected.

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