What really makes a good gaming chipset anyway?
What makes a good gaming chipset, though? Is it the CPU speed? The GPU configurations? Is it the efficiency of the cores? The refresh rate? I am of the opinion that all of these factors (and more) contribute towards a worthy gaming chipset that can handle a number of hardcore games and not huff and puff and blow the house down. Know what I mean? Even at a cursory glance, the Dimensity 1200 chipset appears promising not only as a gaming chipset but as an overall value performer. Its got some pretty impressive features that hint at a superior ability to be power-efficient as well as improve gaming experience. I mean, that’s literally perfect, isn’t it?
Let’s get into the technicalities of this chipset for a bit. This octa-core processor features an ARM Cortex-A78 ultra core which clocks at 3GHz. Added to that are three ARM Cortex-A78 super cores with speeds that climb up to 2.6GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 efficiency cores that clock at 2GHz. Not only is it quite power efficient in terms of CPU, but it also raises hell in the GPU area as well. It uses the ARM Mali-G77 MC9 GPU and supports a maximum of 16GB LDDR4x memory, as well as UFS 3.1 storage. In the display department, it can deliver a maximum of 2,520x1,080 pixels and give an astonishing refresh rate of 168Hz which has never been seen before in a MediaTek chipset. Yay for us, I guess!
Having said all this, there is a bit of exciting news: Redmi has hinted that its new smartphone will come embedded with the new Dimensity 1200 chipset. OMG how cool is that? The statements have been made within the context of the Dimensity 1200 launch and how Redmi will be the first OEM to ship a phone with the new processor, strongly hinting that this is the chip that could be powering the gaming phone. So at least there’s something to look forward to this year.
It’s worth keeping in mind that the Dimensity 1200 features the same GPU (ARM Mali-G77MC9) as the Dimensity 1100, Dimensity 1000+ and Dimensity 1000. There are other changes that do benefit a gaming smartphone, such as support for 168Hz refresh rate at FHD+, as well as support for ray tracing through software. There’s also MediaTek HyperEngine 3.0 support on the new chip which I am very excited to check out.
When you compare to its competition, the Dimensity 1200 processor from MediaTek has higher clock speeds than the Snapdragon 865+ chipset, translating into overall better performance. It also has an upgraded ISP for better camera quality and some gaming-related improvements as well. Plus, given the most recent benchmark from MediaTek, in which the said the Dimensity 1200 outperformed the Snapdragon 865, it makes sense that it would outperform the 865+ as well. Similar to every other Dimensity processor, the Dimensity 1200 offers 5G connectivity and is built on a 6nm fabrication process, a first for MediaTek.
Seeing so many cool things in store for this chipset, I for one am excited to see what the rest of 2021 brings in terms of technological advancements in terms of processors. Fingers crossed!