Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2012 22:59 UTC
Apple And it was that time of the year again - Apple held one of its product announcements. This one focussed on the iPad mostly, and while some will call it a disappointment merely because virtually everything had already been leaked, I'm still in awe over the fact the newly announced iPad has a 2048x1536 display. My mind is blown.
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RE[2]: CPU
by Morgan on Fri 9th Mar 2012 07:59 UTC in reply to "RE: CPU"
Morgan
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I think quad core graphics are much more useful than quad core cpus on tablets.


I'd say that is generally true, modern tablets use the GPU to draw everything you see on the screen, whereas the CPU usually just handles the background stuff. This is especially obvious on older tablets and e-readers that don't have an accelerated GPU.

Even on desktops, quad core CPUs are seldomly used to their full extent and more than often the extra cores are left twiddling their thumbs.


At my part time job, I use a quad core i5 machine and it's definitely overkill. Though I have had to run a compiler occasionally, I'm not a programmer by trade and I just use Dev-C++ which (to my knowledge) is not optimised for quad cores. On my dual-core AMD at home, however, I get a lot of use out of both cores as I tend to do a lot of movie transcoding and game playing.

It makes much more sense using that SoC real estate to things that DO make a difference, such as graphical performance on a display which is now four times bigger.


I think that alone is why Apple chose to move to a quad core GPU; it may seem like overkill but at least they have the horsepower to push all those pixels and then some. I can imagine the train wreck of trying to support such a resolution on a dual core mobile GPU, given that my Nvidia desktop board at home struggles with 1600x900 in some games.

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