3rd generation Snapdragon 8cx leaks in benchmark and doesn’t outperform M1

It appears that Qualcomm is already developing the successor to the computer-oriented chipset line, the Snapdragon 8cx. Identified as “SC8280”, the new SoC (System on chip) is expected to bring greater efficiency and performance using “Gold” and “Gold +” cores. Prior to its release, Qualcomm’s new ARM chip appeared in a benchmark through tests of a Lenovo prototype. The new Snapdragon 8cx model was seen on GeekBench and shows a certain general evolution compared to the last generation.

Benchmark no GeekBench v5 exibe Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3

It’s important to note that the tests were done on GeekBench v5 with the Lenovo QRD notebook. In the information it is possible to see that the computer used Windows 11 as operating system and Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 as processor. It is likely that the acronym “QRD” stands for “Qualcomm Reference Device”, which means they are test units that Qualcomm sells to its partners like Asus and Lenovo.

GeekBench v5 benchmark result showing Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chipset. Source: geekbench.

According to the available benchmark data, Qualcomm’s next-generation processor has a base clock of 2.69 GHz. It has better single-core and multi-core performance than the previous generation Snapdragon 8cx and comes closer of the processing power of the Apple Silicon M1. However, Qualcomm has yet to surpass Apple’s ARM chip.

Single-core and multi-core performance comparison between Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and Apple M1.  Source: GeekBench

Single-core and multi-core performance comparison between Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and Apple M1. Source: GeekBench

It’s worth noting that although the new computer-oriented Snapdragon developed by Qualcomm is not faster than the Apple M1, it does outperform some chipsets from Intel and AMD. For example, the 3rd generation 8cx is faster than the Core i7-1165G7 and the Core i7-1065G7 and also outperforms the Ryzen 5 4600U and the Ryzen 7 4800U.

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