Samsung also working on 'true octa-core' processor

Samsung also working on 'true octa-core' processor
A couple of days ago MediaTek announced it’s making the first ‘true octa-core’ processor, meaning that it will have a chip capable of having all eight processor cores running simultaneously. It was a big move for the Taiwanese chip maker that is enjoying growing popularity, but Samsung won’t just stand still and rumors have surfaced that it is also working on a ‘true octa-core’ processor.

Samsung already has the Exynos 5 Octa, but it uses ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture pairing 4 energy-efficient Cortex A7 cores and four extremely powerful Cortex A15 cores in a single setup. Yet this only allows four of the cores to work simultaneously.

There are no further details about this supposed new Samsung chip. If it all turns out to be true, though, 2014 might become the year of the ‘true octa-core’ chip.

We should however mention that simply raising the number of simultaneously active cores isn’t going to be a silver bullet solving all performance woes. Most applications simply won’t be optimized to use all those cores and it might be a good idea to actually focus on polishing per core architecture and performance. The other side of the argument is of course pure marketing. Octa-core sounds great to the average user on the ‘the more, the better’ principle, and companies are actively exploiting this.

Are you looking forward to octa-core chips?

source: Economic Daily via RBMen



1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

For the Galaxy s5!

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

....and the Galaxy Tab 4.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Meh. More like a leak done to take attention back to Sammy. Expect more efforts at optimization of current architecture. GPU will see more cores added, though.

24. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

If this is true...then the last one was 'false' octa-core processor.

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's why I'm skiped 1-4GS, NOTE 1-3, for 2014 with 5.0 KEY LIME gs 5

3. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

an 8 core gpu will be much needed. its time we get something close to consoles on tablets

30. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

which consoles the one that are 8 years old or the new ones? lol the new one can even blow high end pc out of the water

33. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's simply not true. The new consoles can compete. They're not "blowing anything out of the water".

35. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

yes they are blowing high end pcs for $399 what ps4 offer have you seen gameplay of The division,metal gear solid v,killzone shadow fall and watch dogs?

38. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Dude the latest Nvidia GPU is 2.5 times as powerful as a the AMD GPU implemented by Sony. I don't know word for word but the new origin 13 inch laptop has this chip set as well. Combined with a quad core Ivybridge or haswell and you have a device with overall, 4 times the processing power of the latest gaming consoles.

39. g2a5b0e unregistered

You have no idea what you're talking about if you truly believe that. When console developers make games, they are finely tuning a game for one set of specs. PC developers can't just make games for highest end specs out there or they would be severely limiting who could buy their games. They have to dumb their games down enough to where people who have specs from 4-5 years ago or more can still play too. A PC game tuned to the highest set of specs out there would destroy anything the PS4 or X-Box One have to offer.

43. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

huh im talking about graphics i dont care if console developers tuning a game for one set of specs. and wait two or three years then you will see some awesome ps4 games just like when ps3 was released and no matter how powerfull your pc is but it cant play The division or MGS V or GTA V lol

46. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Nvidia GTX Titan delivers up to 4.5 TFLOPS of performance, while the PS4 only gets up to 1.8. Also, The Division is all but confirmed for PC release, Ubisoft would be stupid not to release it on PC with the response from the PC gaming community. A PC version of MGS V has already been confirmed to be in the works, and because of the petition for GTA V on the PC, it's all but confirmed as well.

47. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

again im not talking about all that gtx titan power im talking about how they optimize it and how many people do actually have gtx titan? lol have you seen the last of us ?if 8 year old hardware can produce that graphics i can see what console games will be in next 2 years and the division HAS not been confirmed for pc no official new nothing and what are you smoking mgs on pc? you must be dreaming same goes with gta v no official news for pc

48. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's not just the GTX Titan though. The graphics processor in the PS4 is a rough equivalent to the Radeon HD 7790 (about the same class as the GTX 560), and that's a VERY long ways away from high end gaming PCs. I have seen TLOU, and it does look nice, but on PC it would look even better, that's my point. The hardware on these consoles is so far behind that developers need to dumb them down to run smoothly. Yes, you can play these games that look nice at a decent frame rate, but on even a mid range gaming PC you would get much better graphics at a better frame rate. I never said The Division was confirmed, I said it was "all but confirmed," which means they haven't made official word on it but it's almost certainly going to happen. As for MGS; Kojima says that they ARE making it, it's just not the main priority, but it will come out on PC. And for GTA V, Rockstar posted a job advert asking to "help bring our latest titles to the PC platform". Which obviously points to a GTA V release on PC. Source;

45. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Haha, definitely not. Any gaming PC that can be considered "high end" absolutely tears the Xbox One and PS4 apart.

4. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

another useless implementation from samsung. even quad core is not fully utilize yet. better focus on single core performance.

20. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

It's called research and development. If they do make an octa core they can further improve on it and use it for later. Where's the harm in that?

22. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

ur wasting yo time explaining, some people r born stupid. They kno nothing about research and development. even whn something sounds useless, they will b a use for it in the future.

26. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Absolutely. What people here don't understand is that most workload in Android isn't multi-threaded to such extent. In all practical implications, quad core is more than enough. 'Heavy' items like browser is still dependent mostly on performance of single core. BTW, there is nothing called "true" octa core. Even if big.LITTLE is implemented, it's still a octa core. A SOC with 8 cores is octa core. Doesn't matter how those cores are fired-up. I would like to see a single app which makes use of 8 cores at same time.

41. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

The app should be called spider...

44. howardbarrett

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

google chrome is multithreaded...

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The new Exynos 5420 theoretically can run all 8 core simultaneously, but that's not expected to happen due to heat issues. Still, it's a true Octa-core per se.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its stupid the big.LITTLE architecture makes more sense than a true octa core because hardly any apps use 4 core let alone 8 threads. If they would go for something like 8 core they are most likely to launch it with A7s which are underpowered or on par with 4*Cortex A15

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31549; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How about a true Octa-core without the per se.

15. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Doesn't make sense until proper multi-core support is implemented in Android, which isn't, so it's pointless.

17. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Well if that is the case...Google, don't add support for it. You run the House of Android not Samsung.....

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah. I would expect more efforts at optimization (smaller die size, faster clock rate, etc.).

6. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

samsung's ego was hurt by mediatek's "real 8-core" processor introduction. must be really painful to miss being always first in everything.

27. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

"real 8-core" Please understand what you talking about. Those are A7 cores. They are low power low performance cores. Totally pointless. Even if it was 16-core SOC, that would still be pointless. Understand the Android workload properly before you comment. Majority of the workload is largely depend on "per core performance". There is absolutely no benefit of firing up more than 4 cores at same time. An argument can be made that, even a good dual core SOC is much better than a 8core A7 SOC. A dual core 5250 is much better than this mediatek 8-core SOC.

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