Qualcomm took the time to bring its flagship ARM-based silicon notebook, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, to consumer products. Despite touting several improvements over the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2, the latest SoC lags behind Apple’s newly announced M2† Let’s see how big those differences are.
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 also fails to beat the M1, showing how far the competition is lagging compared to Apple’s ARM-based silicon
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 currently only powers the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s, a $1,200 ARM notebook with Windows. Probably due to the lack of availability of the chipset, Lenovo couldn’t get the ThinkPad X13s to market any faster, but now that it’s here, a Twitter user with the handle SkyJuice shared just how fast the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 actually is.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X13s was tested in April this year and as you can see the scores aren’t impressive, especially when you consider the huge performance gap between the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and the M2. In Geekbench 5, Qualcomm’s premium silicon achieved a single-core score of 1111 and multi-core score of 5764. The M2, in our earlier benchmark reportachieved a single-core score of 1919 and a multi-core score of 8929.
With this, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is 55 percent slower than the M2 in the multi-core category. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Qualcomm’s fastest notebook chipset is slower than the M1 also, which was the very first entrant to the Apple Silicon family and launched in 2020. These scores show that one analyst was right about Apple’s dominance in the ARM notebook space and has… up to a 3 year head start against the competition.
Qualcomm previously stated it will benefit from the Nuvia acquisition to boost the performance of its future chipset in an effort to take over Apple’s M-series. Unfortunately, we have yet to materialize any worthy silicon. We’ve heard talks about a potential M1 competitorso maybe Qualcomm will preview later this year alongside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for future flagship smartphones.
Unfortunately, Apple isn’t looking forward to seeing what its competitors come up with next, as a previous report stated that the faster M2 Pro and M2 Max will undergo mass production on TSMC’s advanced 3nm architecture. later this yearmaking them more energy efficient than their direct predecessors, the M1 Pro and M1 Max.
What do you think of these results so far? Do you think Qualcomm can catch up with Apple in a short time? Tell us in the comments.
News source: Air Juice