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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx: the real rival to Intel for the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Dec 20, 2018 4:00 pm

CPU

 

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8cx SoC is the first 7nm processor to be released for laptops and Windows tablets, with it packing an 8-core Kryo 495. Intel is still stuck on 14nm and has all but abandoned its 10nm process, while AMD will hit the market with a 7nm processor in 2019.

 

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The new Kyro 495 makes the Snapdragon 8cx the "fastest Snapdragon ever" according to Qualcomm, thanks to the 7nm node and the constant improvements the San Diego-based chip giant continues to make to Snapdragon. There's more system cache and L3 cache than previous-gen Snapdragon processors, with 10MB of cache on the Snapdragon 8cx.

 

GPU

 

Qualcomm wasn't as open with the CPU as it was with the GPU for the new Snapdragon 8cx, so the details on the Adreno 680 are much better. We know that the new Snapdragon 8cx and its Adreno 680 GPU provides a huge 2x improvement over the previous Always On, Always Connected laptops from Qualcomm that are using the Snapdragon 850, and ad huge 3.5x jump over the Snapdragon 835.

 

 

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Qualcomm has bragging rights when it comes to battery life, with an impressive 60% more power efficient Adreno 680 GPU over the Snapdragon 850 and its Adreno 630 graphics. There are twice as many transistors and twice as much memory bandwidth in the Adreno 680, support for DirectX 12, a high efficiency video decoder as well as VP9 and H.265 decoder.

 

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The new Snapdragon 8cx powered laptops and tablets will usher in something not previously done before on an SoC: dual 4K HDR external monitor support. So you won't just be rocking a new laptop that has insane battery life, but you can use it as a workstation with dual 4K HDR-capable monitors plugged into it. Impressive stuff, to say the least.

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