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Qualcomm announces two new versions of Windows on ARM PC processors

Qualcomm announces two new versions of Windows on ARM PC processors

Although the new chips are not part of the Nuvia family, which represents the new generation of Qualcomm processors, due to reach the market in 2023, they will allow the largest performance jump ever for Windows over ARM, the version of Windows for non-processors. x86. These new chips also include new technologies such as artificial intelligence, Wi-Fi 6e and 5G.

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx and 7c+ Gen 3 devices are due to arrive in PCs in the first half of 2022 and are the first chipsets for Windows operating systems to be manufactured using the 5nm method.

Qualcomm says 8cx Gen 3 is much more powerful than Gen 2, which supports Microsoft Surface Pro X SQ2 and HP Elite Folio, with 40% more performance in single-core processing, 85% more in processing with multiple cores, and 60% more graphics performance compared to 8cx Gen 2.

Snapdargon 8 CX Gen 3 design.

The numbers announced by Qualcomm do not appear to be exaggerated. In the order of Geekbenck, a Unknown Lenovo device with 8cx Gen 3 It achieved a score of 1010 on single-core processing, which puts it on par with the Lenovo Yoga C740, which has an Intel Core i5-10210U processor.

The test results with multiple cores are much more interesting. In these tests, the same machine scored 5,533 points, placing it above the HP Specter x360 14, which uses an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor.

Although these results are lower than those obtained by devices equipped with the Apple M1 chip, the combination of performance above the Intel Core i7 and longer battery life may be enough to convince many users.

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According to Qualcomm, devices with these chips have a battery life of “25+ hours,” but of course it all depends on how you use them.

Intel is expected to show off its 12th generation mobile processors at CES 2022. These new chips will, of course, use the same basic processing design as models already available for desktop PCs.