After flaunting off its powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset, Qualcomm has now added yet another product to its growing portfolio. This time the chipset maker revealed a powerful SoC for Windows 10 laptops and PCs dubbed Snapdragon 8CX. This new chipset is designed for Windows 10-running laptops, PCs and hybrid computing devices. The Snapdragon 8CX is basically a successor to the PC version of the Snapdragon 835 and the Snapdragon 850.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX is fabricated over the 7nm manufacturing process and features eight 64-bit Kryo 495 CPU cores paired with Adreno 680 GPU. It is the most powerful chipset Qualcomm has ever designed. Just to give you an idea of how powerful this chipset is, the Snapdragon 8CX can offer multi-gigabit LTE and multi-day battery life to Windows 10 laptops.
Everything you need to know about the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8CX
When it comes naming its chipsets, Qualcomm generally goes with a simpler approach. But this time, the company decided to go with something different. If you’re confused with Snapdragon 8CX naming, then let us clear that out for you. The ‘C’ in the name stands for compute and ‘X’ stands for extreme. Now that we know the naming structure here, let’s jump right into the technical details. As mentioned earlier, the recently launched Snapdragon 8CX comes with eight Kryo 495 CPU cores out of which four are performance cores while the remaining ones are efficient cores. Qualcomm is using the “Built on Cortex” license for this chipset, then we can expect something similar to Cortex A76 but with slight modifications.
At the time of unveiling, the brand showed a prototype laptop running this new chipset. The maximum clock speed which we were able to achieve on the device was 2.75GHz. Qualcomm claims that the clock speed can go higher depending on the PC manufacturer’s needs and TDP. The SoC features 10MB of cache memory. The processor is compatible with DX12 and Vulkan 1.1 meaning you’ll be able to run PC games based on these APIs. The Snapdragon 8CX is coupled with Adreno 680 GPU which by the way is twice as powerful as the Adreno 630 and 60 percent more power-efficient than the GPU inside the Snapdragon 850.
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The GPU can also support up to two 4K HDR external displays. The chipset has an eight-channel 128-bit LPDDR4x memory controller with the support of up to 2133MHz RAM. It also supports NVMe SSD and UFS 3.0 storage devices. For cameras, the processor boasts Spectra 390 ISP and dual-14-bit ISP supports up to a 32MP single camera or up to 16MP dual-camera setup. t also supports 4K HDR (Rec 2020 color gamut and 10-bit color depth) video recording at 30fps and 720p slow-motion video recording at 480fps. The Hexagon 690 DSP means that the chipset also features the company’s fourth-generation AI Engine which has dedicated processing cores for AI and machine learning tasks. There’s voice assistant accelerator for even better Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana performance.
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