Upcoming MT6592 octa-core chip rivals Snapdragon 800 in benchmarks

Upcoming MT6592 octa-core chip rivals Snapdragon 800 in benchmarks
Mediatek is a name that might not ring a bell but it should. The Chinese chip maker’s roadmap has just leaked out and it shows a monstrous octa-core chip, the MT6592 coming by the end of the year. Why is that important? What if we told you that the MT6592 beats Snapdragon 800 in terms of both performance and power consumption.

Right now, everything we have are preliminary AnTuTu benchmark scores, so it’s hard to say whether the test was performed on the same devices. If we assume so, though, the upcoming chip scores of 29 600 actually beat that of Snapdragon 800 based devices.

The MT6592 is an octa-core Cortex A7 chip. The eight A7 cores run at up to 2GHz (in this test, up to 1.7GHz), but ARM is touting them as power-efficient ones as well so chances are Mediatek has done some optimization to keep power levels down. Compared to big.LITTLE setups with 4 Cortex A7s and 4 Cortex A15s, the new chip should definitely be more efficient in terms of energy consumption.

Take a look at the screenshot below. Let us remind you that this chip will most likely be used by Chinese white box manufacturers making affordable yet powerful phones for under $300 off contract. Exciting, isn’t it?

source: MyDrivers



1. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Looking foward to seeing all the chips compared. Still looking foward to the extra features that Snapdragon 800 is offering. Quick Charge 2.0. Support for GPS IZat GNSS. Also the always-on, low-power voice activation. I was surprised to hear the Moto X wasn't powered by the 800 since voice commands appear to be the main reason to get that phone.

4. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

But Mediatek SoC will be very cheap, and cheap with... dual SIM support already (Qualcomm's solution is relatively expensive)

38. rdeleonp

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

No AOSP support, no sale!

13. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Congrats to MediaTek for a useless chip, when everything except benchmarks are single-threaded!

15. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Congrats to TheLolGuy for a useless comment.

21. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Care to refute my point instead? Oh right, I guess your comment is just as useless, huh. Touche.

27. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

You're right man, more cores = more troubles with bad optimized code

28. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Precisely. The newer versions of Android still have to account for lower spec'd phones, so it uses two cores. Now, the Play Store has almost one million apps, and how many do you think has a team of developer geniuses able to code parallel for two cores, let alone 8? The more cores you utilize the more of a nightmare it is to find the errors and fix them. So 95% of the time you're going to be sitting on 6 cores that would be collecting dust if not tightly sealed inside. This is nothing but to grab headlines, and as the Qualcomm CEO said before, the core wars are pointless.

36. rdeleonp

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Android 4.3 is the start to put all those cores and more to good use.

31. sapibuntinx

Posts: 61; Member since: May 08, 2013

I had to agree with this statement. Many developers still doesn't know how to design and optimize their programs with paralel processing

2. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

MediaTek is a Chinese company?

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Maybe because Taiwan says itself is China

23. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Taiwan is the Republic of China. Big difference.

22. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

China is mainand China or People's Republic of China. Taiwan is either an independent nation due to Japan giving up its rights after WWII (Japan had acquired Taiwan after the Sino-Japan War) or if you believe the Communist mainland Chinese, then Taiwan is a renegade province. Taiwan is known as the Republic of China. While the people of Taiwan are descents of the mainland, the ethnic Taiwanese is a separate and distinct race same as Americans and Native Americans, respectively. Mediatek is a Chinese company in a perjorative sense. I beleve they would like to call themselves a Taiwanese Company, instead.

24. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I just checked MediaTek's website for a company description. http://www.mediatek.com/_en/02_about-MTK/01_company.php Here's what they said: "Founded in 1997 and listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange under the code "2454", MediaTek is headquartered in Taiwan and has sales or research subsidiaries in Mainland China, Singapore, India, U.S., Japan, Korea, Denmark, England, Sweden and Dubai." Notice how they dodge the "Chinese" issue but make it clear that the Company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange and has subsidiaries in Mainland China. Food for thought.

30. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

So its a Taiwanese company with Chinese affilliations :p

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Useless. For Android (or other mobile OS), most apps still don't take proper advantage of multiple cores. Most of them don't scale linearly with number of cores. Performance per core is much more important factor.

5. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

How's the battery drain, though? And just because there A7's doesn't mean they'll be more effective than big.LITTLE. A7's have to work much harder to get the same performance has an A15, so just using a more effective architecture (and primitive) isn't going to make performance better (especially given performance on the A7 hits a wall that, even when over clocked, can't match the A15).

6. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Ah, Victor and his pearls again. Since when is snapdragon 800 below 29600 score? Its Antutu score goes up to 34000. Anyway, I'm calling the future ideal CPU setup for phones.. six A53 cores at 2.0Ghz and two A57's at 3Ghz with fully scalable core migration, done with 14nm process.

7. bigstrudel

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Per core performance is where it's at.

25. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If you cared about per core performance you would buy intel.

29. bigstrudel

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Maybe next mobile gen. But the Z2580 doesnt impress me. Good things coming though.

8. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

i fail to see the need for so many cores. honestly a phone could be a dual core. but if the software and ui is all buttery smooth it really has no need for 8 cores. we are running phones. not gaming desktops

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You must be new here.

19. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You mean if the OS software is optimized? "Buttery smooth" sounds kind of... silly.

11. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

More RAM, more internal memory, more anything but CPU cores. Smartphones are not computer and never will be. That's the point

17. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Nope, they will be and are and smartphones are not really phones anymore either.

12. alfario

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

is this support LTE..?

14. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I'd take a device with a Mediatek CPU.

16. will1956

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Has nobody noticed the obvious: the mediatek processor needs 8 cores to beat the quad core snapdragon 800 processor

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