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Qualcomm previews Snapdragon X Elite, future SoC for PCs

by on24 October 2023

PCs powered by Snapdragon X Elite coming in mid-2024

At its annual Snapdragon Summit, Qualcomm has announced and somewhat previewed its upcoming Snapdragon X Elite, a next-gen SoC for PCs. The new platform promises significant performance improvements, AI inferencing, and impressive power efficiency.

Qualcomm did not give out a lot of information about the Snapdragon X Elite, but we do know it is based on a 4nm 12-core Qualcomm Oryon CPU working at up to 3.8GHz and featuring Single- and Dual-Core Boost features, pushing it to 4.3GHz. It also comes with 42MB of total cache. The CPU is paired up with next-gen Adreno GPU with DX12 support, upgradable drivers, and up to 4.6 TFLOPs of compute performance. It will support up to 64GB of 8533 MT/s LPDDR5x memory, NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD and UFS 4.0 storage, and more

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As said, the SoC promises significant performance improvements with low power consumption, leading to multi-day battery life. According to Qualcomm, we are looking at up to 2x faster CPU performance than Intel's Core i7-1360P 12-core CPU, or the same performance at 68 percent less power. The GPU is 2x faster compared to the same Intel CPU, and Qualcomm also compared it to AMD's Ryzen 9 7940HS, showing up to 80 percent faster performance.

AI will also get a boost with Hexagon NPU and Qualcomm AI Engine. It also gets 5G, WiFi 7 connectivity, and the new Snapdragon Sound Technology Suite.

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“Snapdragon X Elite represents a dramatic leap in innovation for computing as we deliver our new, custom Qualcomm Oryon CPU for super-charged performance that will delight consumers with incredible power efficiency and take their creativity and productivity to the next level,” said Kedar Kondap, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Compute & Gaming, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Powerful on-device AI experiences will enable seamless multitasking and new intuitive user experiences, empowering consumers and businesses alike to create and accomplish more.”

Unfortunately, the first devices or laptops based on the Snapdragon X Elite SoC are coming in mid-2024, so it will have tough competition with Intel's Meteor Lake and AMD's Phoenix chips.


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