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Qualcomm’s next 8cx chip could compete with Intel’s 11th Gen CPUs

Geekbench 5 benchmarks for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor have appeared online. If the scores are accurate and genuine, people should be hopeful for the next generation of 8cx chips. Windows 10 on ARM devices like the Surface Pro X could see a big boost in performance if these scores turn out to be accurate.

As is the case with all leaked and unconfirmed benchmarks, these should be taken with a grain of salt. Scores can be from preproduction units or fabricated entirely.

Rumors about the 8cx Gen 3 state that it will feature eight high-performance cores working at different clock speeds. This is in contrast to using four high-performance cores and four low-power cores.

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That rumored architecture shift could pay off, as the recently leaked benchmark scores show the 8cx Gen 3 competing with Intel’s 11th Gen Core i7 processors. The benchmarks state that the 8cx Gen 3 gets a single-core score of 982 and a multi-core score of 4,918. That would be a marked improvement over the 8cx Gen 2 that gets a single-core score of 795 and a multi-core score of 3,050.

Perhaps more importantly than the jump compared to its predecessor, the 8cx Gen 3 looks respectable when compared to Intel’s Core i7 chips. The Intel Core i7-1160G7 (15W TDP) gets a single-core score of 1,400 and a multi-core score of 5,000. Even the Core i7-1185G7 with a higher 28W TDP gets a single-core score of 1,550 and a multi-core score of 5,600.

While Intel’s Core i7 chips beat out the leaked benchmarks of the 8cx Gen 3, the gap is smaller than previous generations of competing chips from Intel and Qualcomm. Below is a chart of relevant benchmarks from Tom’s Hardware.

Notably, if the benchmarks are accurate, Qualcomm’s new chip will still lag far behind Apple’s M1 chip. Those chips from Apple are in a class of their own right now in the CPU space. They do, however, run at a higher TDP than any of Qualcomm’s offerings to date.

This post was written by Sean Endicott and was first posted to WindowsCentral

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