Originally Posted by metroidfox
Yeah, but the way things are done, 8 cores currently contain all this extra logic for routing between high power, and low power states.
With this big.little design, you take away that complexity (may imply higher clockspeed too), and if you really don't care about power, can have all high power, and 8 low power cores on.
That's an interesting thought. I hadn't looked at it that way. The 8 big cores may benefit from not needing low power logic... hrmm.