There are rumors circulating about Qualcomm’s introduction of its custom Oryon cores alongside the announcement of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4. Before its official unveiling, speculations have emerged discussing the rumored performance of the chipset and how it compares to Apple’s M-series of SoCs. Recent benchmark numbers indicate that Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship chipset outperforms Apple‘s M3 in multi-core performance, so let’s delve into the details of these latest figures.
All About the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4!
Previously, it was shared by Revegnus that the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 was only marginally faster than the M2, which was expected since Qualcomm was rumored to have tested multiple variants of the chipset. The performance cores of the slower versions were said to operate at 3.00GHz, while the power-efficient cores were rumored to run at 2.30GHz. The recent rumored Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core scores provided by Revegnus do not disclose the clock speeds of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4.
However, if the chipset achieved a multi-core score of 14,500, it suggests that the performance and efficiency cores were running at higher frequencies than previously mentioned. According to an extensive specifications leak, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 had clock speeds of 3.40GHz and 2.50GHz, surpassing the frequencies of the previously tested variant and potentially contributing to the boost in multi-core performance. On the other hand, Apple’s M3 reportedly scored 11,000 in the same benchmark, making it noticeably slower than Qualcomm’s offering.
Nevertheless, in the single-core test, the M3 outperforms the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 by an impressive 38 percent, indicating that Apple’s performance cores may be more capable than Qualcomm’s Oryon cores. Apple has consistently excelled in single-core performance, and if these numbers hold true, it signifies that the M3 is not the fastest ARM-based SoC in portable computers, with Qualcomm gaining an edge with the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4’s 12-core CPU, which contributes to the significant improvement in multi-core performance.
Regarding the M3, rumors suggest it will feature an 8-core configuration, including four performance cores similar to the M2. In terms of raw performance, it cannot compete with the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4. However, there is a possibility that Qualcomm will leverage TSMC’s N3E process to achieve improved power efficiency. In conclusion, it will be an exciting future as Qualcomm continues its research in this field, potentially driving the adoption of Windows notebooks powered by their chipsets.