Snapdragon X Elite Benchmark Shows It’s All Set to Take on Apple M-series Chips

snapdragon x elite chipset for windows PCs
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In Short
  • Snapdragon X Elite benchmark scores have appeared on Geekbench and the score indicates that it's very close to Apple's M2 Pro with 12 CPU cores.
  • The scores are likely derived from the 23W version of Snapdragon X Elite. The Qualcomm chipset comes in two thermal profiles -- 23W and 80W.
  • The SD X Elite chipset in the Geekbench listing is seen running on a preview build of Windows 11 with 32GB of RAM.

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon X Elite chipset for Windows PCs in October last year. The company showcased internal Geekbench scores of the chipset to prove that it’s better than Apple’s latest M3 chipsets. And today, fresh Geekbench benchmark scores of Snapdragon X Elite (model “Qualcomm ZH-WXX“) have appeared online. But do they tell a similar story?

The new scores give the impression that the X Elite sits somewhere between Apple M2 and M3. But there is more to it as this version of Snapdragon X Elite has two CPU clusters, likely running the 23W version of SDXElite.

Fresh Snapdragon X Elite Geekbench Scores Emerge

When Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon X Elite, the company said that the chipset features 12 high-performance cores and doesn’t pack any efficiency cores. However, the new Geekbench listing shows that it has a total of 12 cores, and it is divided into two clusters – one with 8 cores and another with 4 cores.

geekbench score of snapdragon x elite
Image Courtesy: Geekbench

Moreover, there are two types of listings — one with a 3.4GHz base frequency and another with a 4.01GHz base frequency. It means the alleged scores are likely derived from a device tested on the 23W version of the X Elite. According to Qualcomm, the 23W version of SDXElite has a base frequency of 3.4GHz and goes up to 4.0GHz in boost mode. The 80W version starts at 3.8GHz and goes up to 4.3GHz.

So, in all likelihood, this benchmark score is from a 23W version of the chipset, which features two CPU clusters (8P + 4E, I suppose). Further, the listing says that it’s running on Windows 11 Insider Preview with 32GB of RAM. Perhaps, the 80W version may come in a single cluster with 12 high-performance cores.

Nevertheless, comparing the Snapdragon X Elite (23W) with Apple’s equivalent chipset, the M3 Pro with 12 CPU cores (6P + 6E), Apple takes the lead in this benchmark test. The Snapdragon X Elite scored 2,574 in the single-core test and 12,562 in the multi-core test.

Snapdragon X Elite (12 cores, 23W likely)4.01GHz257412562
Snapdragon X Elite (12 cores, 23W likely)3.42GHz256511778
Apple M3 Pro (12 cores, 27 watt)4.05GHz303715246
Apple M2 Pro (12 cores, 34 watts)3.4GHz266114634
sources for the scores linked above

However, when compared to Apple’s older M2 Pro chip with 12 CPU cores, it comes pretty close to matching the performance. Perhaps, the 80W version of the X Elite would be able to compete with Apple’s M3 chipset and cross the 3,000 mark in the single-core test.

Also, bear in mind that OEMs might be running various SKUs of the chipset to test the performance under different conditions, so I would suggest taking these results with a pinch of salt.

Windows laptops powered by Qualcomm’s new chipset are likely to hit the market by June 2024. Once commercial devices are released, we will be sure to test them and pass a conclusive judgment. Meanwhile, what do you think about Snapdragon X Elite’s performance compared to Apple’s?

VIA Tom's Hardware
comment Comments 1
  • Anonymous says:

    Zero benchmarks on efficiency which the apple silicon is known for.

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