Originally Posted by phillyd
contradicts what i thought about it being a lesser core altogether, but supports that it is lesser in that it clocks to .5 GHz
neither of us are cpu designers, the guys who made these have their reasons.
yes, because for whatever reason they couldn't get the four cores to do what they needed, so they added a fifth. I'm not just talking crap here.
Originally Posted by ericeod
All I know is I am getting it. I have 2 tablets now (one is a G Tablet Tegra 2 and the other is an HP Touchpad) and a Kindle DX. So I will be getting rid of the two tablets and replace it with the Transformer prime.
I am planning on getting one. My car might need the money though.
Originally Posted by mdatmo
I bet they used low-leakage transistors in the fifth core to lower power consumption and high performance transistors in the other four.
Edit: For a little reading see here.
They are using a low-leakage low power process for the fifth core.
exactly, they couldn't get the power consumption they wanted out of the four normal cores, and needed this fifth one to patch the issue. It is a crutch, it is a workarround. If they could have done it with only four they would have. As it stands, the fifth core is a massive waste of die space, but is nessecaryuntil they can fix it.