Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 860: overclocked Snapdragon 855 made on 7nm

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 860 is official, but it's really just an overclocked Snapdragon 855 -- CPU running at up to 2.96GHz.

Published Mon, Mar 22 2021 8:21 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Apr 20 2021 9:04 AM CDT

Qualcomm has just unveiled its new Snapdragon 860, which is just the Snapdragon 855 with some makeup on -- it's an overclocked Snapdragon 855 pretty much.

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The 'new' Snapdragon 860 from Qualcomm has its Kryo 485 cores at the same speeds as the overclocked Snapdragon 855+ chip but the company has used the 7nm node for its new Snapdragon 860 -- over the use of the new 5nm node for its Snapdragon 888 in order to save costs and make the Snapdragon 860 cheaper.

XDA Developers says the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 doesn't just have the same Kryo 485 cores at the same clocks as the Snapdragon 855+ but also the same Adreno 640 GPU. But we do have some new goodies: up to 16GB of RAM is now supported under the new Snapdragon 860, and there's no 5G modem integrated into the Snapdragon 860.

If you want 5G you'll need to get one of the higher-end, and more expensive smartphones -- but at the end of the day you just don't need 5G right now.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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