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PC World Latest NewsApr 24, 2024
Meet Snapdragon X Plus: Qualcomm says its slowest CPU still beats Intel

Think of the Snapdragon X Plus as Qualcomm's version of the Intel Core i5: It's based on the same design as the Snapdragon X Elite, the Arm PC processor that Qualcomm has been talking about since last fall. But it's stripped down, with fewer cores, and without the "turbo" characteristics of its more powerful sibling. On the other hand, Qualcomm still believes that it will compete with and surpass Intel's latest processors.

Qualcomm began talking about the Snapdragon X Elite last fall, and has since made waves with a pretty open quasi-testing process where journalists have been able to monitor benchmarks Qualcomm employees have run, along with hands-on gaming opportunities. At the beginning of the month, Qualcomm began comparing the Snapdragon X Elite to the latest Core Ultra processors, and let me have a turn playing the PC games Control and Redout 2. Both games ran above 30fps at 1900×1200 resolution and Low settings.

Now the company is taking Snapdragon performance down a notch… or is it? Qualcomm is claiming that the Snapdragon X Plus will still outperform the Core Ultra 7 155H at the same power levels by a whopping 28 percent in the latest multithreaded Cinebench benchmark, Cinebench 2024. And it's 10 percent faster than the Apple M3, too.


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