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Close Look: Samsung Posts Close Up of Exynos 5 Octa Processor

Exynos 5 Octa

Here is a close up on the exterior of the new Exynos 5 Octa processor from Samsung. Not much to say, but it sure is pretty. From the rumors floating around, we can hope to see this chip in the upcoming Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 devices. But of course, nothing is confirmed until Sammy gives the word.

Until then, I will wait patiently to meet her in person.

Via: SamsungExynos

  • sc0rch3d

    damn that chip is bigger than my hand…how huge are these devices gonna be?!?!?! :P

    • Simon Belmont

      As big as a Galaxy Note 8, maybe. Which, according to another post, looks like a gigantic phone.

      Yay. Phones for giants.

  • http://twitter.com/Bl4ckpheniX aaron nyquist

    Maybe, but does this cure the ragging case of herpes I have in my butt?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Probably.

  • S.Ober

    I can’t wait until BareBone Smart Phone Kits.

  • nightscout13

    I’m sorry, how is this a close-up? All i see is a heat spreader, and some soldering contacts. This is called an illustration. A close-up is when the heat spreader is off, and you can see circuitry.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Well, it’s a close up picture?

      • nightscout13

        Not blaming you, blaming the original Tweet by Samsung. It’s not even a real chip. It’s just a drawing….

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          The original tweet got me excited too, but you know, take what they give you sometimes. :(

          • nightscout13

            Ok. I am excited for this SoC nonetheless :D

          • mustbepbs

            Poor Tim. Stop it! You’re making him cry!

            LEAVE TIM ALONE!

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            Will you be my Chris Crocker? :P

          • mustbepbs

            I’ll hide under the covers, wear mascara, and cry all night into a camera, yelling at the internet for not leaving you alone, Tim.

      • kixofmyg0t

        It IS a sexy picture….

  • gimlet72

    What is the advantage of creating CPU’s with more cores. How much multitasking is being done. Wouldn’t it make more sense for a tablet to have higher powered cores? For example two cores that run at 2.5 then four cores that run at 1.5? I could be wrong I was just wondering.

    • droidftw

      The amount of cores means little to nothing if each core is not as powerful. If you look at the current desktop CPU market you will see that the AMD Octacore Bulldozer and Piledriver CPUs are out performed in single-threaded performance by the i5 3570k which is a quad core CPU. Once you get into multithreaded applications the Piledriver Octacore defeats the 3570k but only in multithreaded applications. I don’t think there is a single mobile application out currently that would utilize 8 cores.

      • Dan123

        Its only quad core, its simply has two power states using different sized chips. It’s really a quad-core cortex a-15 which makes it a much faster version of last years chip.

      • http://twitter.com/davidbavin David Bavin

        Wrong. Mobile applications either support one core or multi-core. So there are still many that will support 8 cores or even 500.

        • Stevedub40

          Lol. Reminds me of Dana Carvey and The McLaughlin Group, “Wrong!”. Patty Patty Buch Buch.

    • Fatty Bunter

      4 cores at 1.5ghz uses less power than 2 cores at 2.5ghz (for most architectures). Speed scales with voltage, and power scales exponentially with voltage.

      So no, that 4 core arrangement inherently uses less power, and it also has the ability to programatically shut down and start up cores when needed which adds an even larger advantage.

      • Mit

        Why would voltage go up? Wouldn’t they just bin the higher clocked dual core at the same voltage and current?

        • Diablo81588

          That would be unstable. The higher the clock speed, the higher the voltage required to maintain that speed.

          • Mit

            I’m not talking about overclocking. I’m talking about binning done at the fab.

    • Joe

      Not much. The overhead of spawning and synchronizing threads is overcomed if the processing maxes out the cores for a prolonged amount of time. Since mobile apps usually just burst CPU usage you won’t really notice any performance differences between 2 or more cores of the same architecture. Also, not all processing can benefit from multi-threading anyway.

      Also, in terms of heat dissipation, it’s easier to clock a dual core higher than a quad core since the thermal design of a device should be able to dissipate the heat when all cores are actually active without causing thermal throttling.

      Unless you have several background or foreground apps that taxes the CPU simultaneously then throwing more cores on a device won’t have much advantage.