Originally Posted by pukemon
And to original poster. The galaxy s2 has a quad core gpu. Tegra2 has 8. Tegra 3 will have 12.
Not in the sense that the A5 is a dual-core. The Mali-400MP has four pixel shaders
(what they like to call quad-core) and one vertex shader. Tegra 2 has four pixel shaders and four vertex shaders, which they total to 8. Tegra 3 has 8 pixel shaders and 4 vertex shaders, for a total of twelve. They aren't cores
at all, that's just BS that nVidia started a while ago to take a cheap shot at Intel.
On the other hand, the SGX543MP2 effectively has two complete GPUs - each
with four pixel shaders and four vertex shaders. Hardware wise, it's pretty much equivalent to taking two of the GPUs used in the Nexus and sticking them together. Albeit at a lower clock rate, I imagine.
Not that it really makes that much difference for mobile
games - art style can go a long way towards making a game look amazing on low-power hardware. The iPhone 4 has/had some pretty amazing looking games, and you'd struggle to find a higher-end Android these days whose GPU doesn't absolutely smash the iPhone 4.