Samsung shows 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor during CES keynote

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Jan 9, 2013
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  1. Samsung unveiled an eight-core mobile processor during their keynote at CES that uses a unique design to boost performance across the board without increasing battery life demands. The Exynos 5 Octa features a high-end quad-core processor for CPU-intensive tasks like...

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  2. Zeromus

    Zeromus TS Booster Posts: 227   +7

    If hardkernel releases a new ODROID with this that's under 60 bucks, I'm ****ing buying it.
  3. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    That's a little misleading in a way. It's more of a dual quad core not a "8-core" processor like what people would think. Otherwise that's cool. I hope they figure out efficient power usage on that thing.
  4. dcnc123

    dcnc123 TS Enthusiast Posts: 57

    Title is alright.. but I think quad2x would sound better and easier to understand.. :)
  5. And again Samsung is moving faster than Apple, good news because I can't stand Apple and their fanboys
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I often don't use all 4 cores/8 threads on my desktop, really what is the benefit of this in a smartphone? will it just do away with my PC and just have a dock?
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Without software's ability to utilize all these cores, it is pointless, at best they are just going for nothing more than bragging rights for this 'dual quad core' SoC.
  8. Twixtea

    Twixtea TS Rookie Posts: 86

    What's the point of 8 cores?
  9. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    The point of multiple cores is "multitasking".
    Yes, they write the os to take advantage of it. I have a four core proc in my phone, and I can tell you it uses it.
    I also have a 4 core/8 thread desktop proc. It doesn't struggle with anything I throw at it. Windows 7 does a good job of load balancing threads. I would assume the mobile os' will do the same.
    I remember using single and dual core procs on my desktop, they would freeze up regularily when a thread would hog the core.
  10. Twixtea

    Twixtea TS Rookie Posts: 86

    I have a 5 year old dual core laptop, it's fast as **** and it never freezes.
    And I do multitask.
    As much as sometimes my 4 gigs of RAM bottlenecks my system more than my dual core cpu.
  11. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    Perhaps a dual-core just suites YOUR needs specifically and probably a majority of consumers. But for other people, a quad core is best. Not really because of the extra multi-tasking, but for that peace of mind knowing doing a virus scan, playing the latest games, watching HD videos, converting media, etc. without slow down is a nice luxury to have.
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  12. Twixtea

    Twixtea TS Rookie Posts: 86

    I agree man.
    Quad core is probably best when it comes to price/performance ratio.
    Still I don't get this need for 8 core CPU on a mobile device.
    I mean 2-3 years ago we were getting dual core CPU's on a device like the Galaxy S II, and even today it seems to be more than enough.
    2 Galaxy generations and we're suddenly at 8 cores?
    I mean, ofcourse the faster the CPU is, the better. I can't complain about that.
    But maybe producing quad core CPU's would be more cost efficient? And we could buy the phone cheaper.
    But on the other hand Samsung claims the 8 core CPU improves battery run time, which is yet to be seen, if that really is the case,
    then it's like awesome yes.
    But still production cost for octa-core is probably more than quad, the pro's should be worth the increase in price.

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