Geekbench results for a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor computer have been leaked, indicating an imminent release of Qualcomm’s future SoC. The performance is far from impressive for this chip for Windows laptops.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoCs have been around for a few months now, but they’ve been slow to route the pins of their transistors. Since some leaks occurred in March 2021, there has been little news about this chip primarily intended for Windows 11 laptops. It should be equipped with sealed Gold + cores, more efficient than those equipped with the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 released in year 2020.
A reference result was posted on Geekbench, from an unknown Lenovo computer at the moment. The values are correct, but without reaching the M1 ankle from Apple, but based on the same architecture. The PC achieved a single-core score of 1010 and multi-core 5335, which puts it slightly ahead of the Intel Core i7-1165G7 (multi) and on par with the AMD Ryzen 5500U. Be warned, Geekbench has always given good results on Qualcomm 8cx and 7c SoCs. On the other hand, there is a certain lag in real applications where the difference is clearly more significant with AMD and Intel processors.
However, the autonomy gains offered by the ARM architecture run the risk of undermining the Gold+ cores, and it is hoped that Windows ARM optimization will be improved, because so far the results have not been clearly achieved. This type of computer is ultimately very rare, and there are currently only a few models equipped with the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 processor, at Samsung, Lenovo and HP in particular, on those that are or are not being sold in France.
Qualcomm lags a bit
Another problem: We risk not seeing this new Snapdragon before the start of 2022. By that time, Intel will normally have introduced the 12th generation of Alder Lake mobile processors. AMD will be keeping a close eye on the hidden 3D version of its Zen 3 chassis, while Apple may soon announce the M2 for the MacBook Air.
Thus, Qualcomm is lagging behind in the performance race and may not be competitive. As we said just a few days ago, opening up to Windows ARM would be welcome to promote innovations alongside this OS…
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