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Samsung Exynos 2200: a graphics bomb powered by the AMD RDNA2 6-core

by Joseph Richard
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The Exynos 2200 would settle for 6 GPU cores compared to 14 for the Exynos 2100; however, this should not prevent it from performing significantly better.

Samsung’s next high-end SoC, called the Exynos 2200, will benefit from a GPU under RDNA 2 micro-architecture as part of a partnership with AMD in 2019. This graphics solution could enhance the performance of Korean chips and allow them to compete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon in this area. New leaks tell us more about this GPU, a prior equipped with six cores.

From 14 to 6 GPU cores

The number of cores comes from a structural diagram provided by a Weibo user and taken up by I Ice Universe. As illustrated, it seems that the Exynos 2200 has 6 GPU cores positioned in the “North East” area. Well, we admit that this diagram is still very summery and ultimately not very informative.

Moreover, those who know the precise specifications of the Exynos 2100 may be surprised by the presence of “only” 6 GPU cores. Indeed, Samsung’s current flagship is armed with a Mali-G78MP14 GPU clocked at 854 MHz and which has, as indicated in its designation, 14 GPU cores.

Put like that, six cores instead of 14 looks like a regression; fortunately, the number of hearts is not everything. Thus, the Apple A14 Bionic is content with four cores, but it is one of the references in terms of graphics performance.

A falling consumption?

Be that as it may, AMD’s expertise in integrated GPUs (the company’s SoCs equip the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 consoles in particular) is well established. Without going too far, we can expect the Exynos 2200 to dig a nice gap with the Exynos 2100. According to preliminary leaks reported by WCCFTech, Samsung’s SoC would dominate the A14 Bionic and Snapdragon 888 in graphical benchmarks. In addition, RDNA 2 cores will typically provide hardware support for ray-tracing.

Finally, it will be interesting to see the impact of RDNA GPU cores on consumption beyond pure performance. The current Exynos 2100 does not shine by its energy frugality, and its appetite tends to make it quickly heat up. Let’s hope for Samsung and gamers that the Exynos 2200 manages to erase these imperfections.

Some assume that the Korean firm will announce its next SoC before the end of July. However, for the time being, no concrete evidence has confirmed this hypothesis. We keep our eyes open.

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