I’m sure a lot of you already know my personal views on Quad Core CPU’s however for those that don’t let me share them.
Quad Core architecture is fantastic, it gives more processing power than you could ever want right now in a mobile phone and allows developers to show off their skills as they write compatible applications for this new generation of mobile devices.
So far so good right? Wrong!
Quad Core technology is simply not needed in my opinion. Sure, in the future, I will be blown away with the technology however just now I have a Dual Core 1.5 GHz handset that, whilst does not out benchmark the Transformer Prime, does everything I need it to do without a single glitching moment and my gaming experience (though very minimal) has never been affected.
How many apps are you aware of that utilise the full Quad Core architecture? I bet that your answer to this is none (unless you have already read the source of this post).
I would go as far as to say it’s a gimmick just as 3D is a gimmick and having a projector on a phone is a gimmick.
Anyway, I have digressed off the subject a little bit so I will quickly bring it back on track.
NVIDIA who produced the 4 plus 1 architecture of the Tegra 3 CPU have posted on their official blog a list of apps that fully support the quad core structure – a total of 4 – the same amount of apps as there are cores.
Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA CEO, recently said, “We need to develop the technology to inspire content developers and applications developers to create these amazing applications.”
Now, you tell me… is this really worth going out and spending shocking amounts of money on a quad core device or are you better sticking with Dual Core until the app developers that Jen-Hsun Huang is talking about actually do something about the lack of apps using the new technology?
For the record, here are the apps that use NVIDIA’s Quad Cores:
- Splashtop THD from Splashtop Inc. – allows you to seamlessly stream content from your desktop onto your Tegra 3 tablet. Whether you’re playing the latest FPS shooters or streaming high-res movies from your desktop to your Tegra 3 tablet, Splashtop’s remote desktop has got you covered wherever you go. Available now on Google Play. Available now on Google Play.
- Photaf THD Panorama Pro from Oren Bengigi – a new photo-stitching app that allows you to combine a sequence of photos to create a panoramic view of any scenery. This app accelerates image stitching time by using all four Tegra 3 processing cores. That means more time to create cool photos and less time waiting around. Available now on Google Play. Available now on Google Play.
- Snapseed from Nik Software – one of the easiest, most intuitive photo editors available for your Tegra 3 device. Take a picture, customize it to your liking and immediately send to friends and family. With Snapseed, you never knew your photos could look so professional, so quick and easy with your Tegra 3 mobile device. Coming to Google Play this summer.
- PowerDirector Mobile from CyberLink– this app was once a powerful desktop-based video editing tool. Thanks to the Tegra 3’s high-performance and battery-friendly 4-PLUS-1 architecture, PowerDirector Mobile will give you the power to manipulate and edit videos on your mobile device. Coming to Google Play this fall.
Here is a video to support NVIDIA and their quest to out core everyone else…
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