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Leaks suggest upcoming Samsung Exynos 9830 SoC will only use ARM Cortex cores

The Exynos 9830 could be the first Korean SoC to integrate custom mobility GPUs from AMD. (Source: iotgadgets)
The Exynos 9830 could be the first Korean SoC to integrate custom mobility GPUs from AMD. (Source: iotgadgets)
Samsung might be done tinkering with the ARM core designs, as the Mongoose proprietary cores appear to be missing on the upcoming Exynos 9830. The Korean giant is rumored to drop its two homegrown high-performance cores for a couple of ARM Cortex-A77 cores in order to better match the Qualcomm competitors.
Bogdan Solca,

Samsung’s Exynos 9820 SoC was supposed to match the performance of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, but the 8 nm tech used by the Koeran giant fell short in comparison to the 7 nm U.S. SoC. Meanwhile, Samsung managed to complete its own 7 nm EUV nodes and released the Exynos 9825 SoC, a minor upgrade over the 9820 model that is considered as an intermediary step between the original 9820 and the next gen SoC that will be launched in February 2020.
 
Since Samsung did not make any architectural changes for the Exynos 9825 chip, its performance is mostly in line with the Snapdragon 855, yet it cannot really compete with the Snapdragon 855+. However, Samsung intends to make some major changes for the next gen flagship SoC, if we are to believe the latest report coming from renowned leaker Ice_Universe (80% accuracy cited this time).
 
Instead of using its proprietary Mongoose M4 cores for the high-end CPU core cluster, Ice_Universe claims that the upcoming flagship SoC provisionally named Exynos 9830 will exclusively integrate ARM Cortex cores. So, unlike the current architecture that combines two Mongoose M4 cores with two ARM Cortex high-speed cores, the next gen Exynos 9830 is getting a 4-core ARM Cortex-A77 cluster, plus a high-efficiency cluster that includes four ARM Cortex-A55 cores.
 
It is yet unclear why Samsung would choose to drop its own technology. The Mongoose cores were derived from ARM’s designs anyway, so Samsung might be thinking that it is not worth it anymore to further tune an already stellar design.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1753 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-10- 8 (Update: 2019-10- 8)