At Qualcomm’s recent Tech Summit, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was not the only important announcement. With the new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip designed for Windows PCs, Qualcomm is taking on Apple’s M1 chip.
The 8cx Gen 3 is the first 5nm laptop chip in the world, and it is aimed for high-end computers. Qualcomm has not released precise specifications, but we do know that it will improve multi-core performance by 85 percent over the previous version.
The GPU now has a 60% performance gain, while the NPU now has 29 TOPS, which is three times more than the previous chip. All of these improvements utilize less power, and Qualcomm claims that they can also be employed in fanless systems. Although the prior chip was capable of doing so, this one is more likely to succeed in terms of long-term performance.
The 8cx uses the same X65 5G modem found in smartphones, which can give downlink rates of up to 10 Gbps. WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E connections are also supported. Echo cancellation and noise reduction are among the AI-accelerated capabilities, as is support for multiple cameras aboard.
The first Windows 11 laptops with Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 are expected to debut in the first half of 2022, according to Qualcomm. We’ll have to wait and see how they compare to Apple and Intel’s competing products.