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Nvidia Says More CPU Cores are Better (and Why)

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The more cores the merrier rule also applies to smartphones and other mobile devices.

Today's smartphones have chips inside that can produce output that surpasses that of a Nintendo Wii – which is very impressive for something that fits inside your pocket. But those right now are single-core, and as any computer enthusiast now knows from their desktops and laptops, more cores tend to make for a better computing experience.

The top-end chips inside tablets and smartphones next year will be dual-core, and Nvidia has published a whitepaper on why it will be a great thing not only in terms of performance, but also power consumption.

Essentially, having two cores splitting the work puts less strain on each individual core as compared to having a single core shoulder the entire load. This not only allows for greater performance potential but also a generally lower power draw – provided that both cores aren't under a greater load.

Check out some of Nvidia's charts below for a better idea, and then the full white paper for more details.

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    Silmarunya , 9 December 2010 21:37
    The problem is the same as what we've seen in the PC market for a very long time: a continuous rise in flashy UI effects, more demanding software and bloatware meant that any improvement in performance and/or power consumption was immediatly neutered.

    Before long, designers will stress two cores to the limit. And where is your power saving then?
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