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ARM unveils the Mali-G78 and Mali-G68 mobile GPUs

ARM Mali-G78 mobile GPU now official (Source: ARM)
ARM Mali-G78 now official (Source: ARM)
The new Mali-G78 mobile GPU is more efficient and provides performance improvements of up to 25 percent compared to its predecessor — Mali-G77, which launched last year as the first Valhall-based mobile GPU. Its companion, the Mali-G68, inherits features such as the new FMA unit, but only supports up to 6 cores (24 for the G78).

ARM has just unveiled a whole lot of exciting pieces of hardware, starting with the Cortex-A78 mobile processor that promises a 20 percent sustained performance improvement and ending with the Ethos-N78 NPU, which delivers "unprecedented machine learning capability" and a 25 percent performance increase over its predecessor. However, we will focus on the new Valhall-based mobile GPUs, namely the Mali-G78 and Mali-G68.

Last year's Mali-G77 was ARM's first mobile GPU based on the Valhall architecture, delivering a major performance improvement over its predecessors. Now, the Mali-G78 continues to push the limits with a 25 percent performance increase and support for up to 24 cores. Thankfully, this performance bump also comes with an increase in efficiency, so next-gen mobile devices should be able to provide increased autonomy for mobile gaming sessions or media consumption.

The Mali-G68 is a sub-premium mobile GPU that inherits all the features of its more potent sibling, but only supports up to 6 cores. Obviously, it will power affordable mid-range devices and will provide the best value for mobile gamers on a tight budget.

Thanks to these new mobile GPUs, ARM and Crytek are teaming up to bring the CryEngine to Android and "enable desktop-class graphics on mobile" but there is no information about a time frame and the name of the first CryEngine-based titles that will hit our phones. Sooner or later, we will surely be able to play Crysis, no doubt about it. Any thoughts? Feel free to hit the comments section, as usual.

ARM Mali-G68 mobile GPU now official (Source: ARM)
ARM Mali-G68 mobile GPU now official (Source: ARM)


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Codrut Nistor, 2020-05-27 (Update: 2020-05-27)