Apple M1 chip faster than Qualcomm’s unreleased Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip

Apple has launched advanced M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the new 2021 MacBook Pro models, but the company’s competitors can not beat the M1 chip in performance. The leaked benchmark scores of Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 reveal that it failed to beat M1 Apple Silicon. 

Apple M1 chip

Apple kicked-start the transition of the Mac lineup from Intel processor to Apple Silicon in 2020 with the M1 chip in 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The M1 SoC (system on a chip) combines powerful technologies into a single chip with a unified memory architecture to deliver fast performance and incredible battery life. “As a result, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs.” And new leak reveals that M1 Apple Silicon has set a high-performance benchmark which is not easy to achieve. 

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip does not come close to the M1 chip’s performance 

Since the launch of M1 Macs, Qualcomm has claimed it can build silicon better than the M1 chip in 2022 and the next-generation Snapdragon chip will give the Windows ecosystem an Apple Silicon boost. Earlier this year, the chip manufacturer acquired Nuvia Inc. for $1.4 billion to compete against Apple and Intel. Reportedly, Qualcomm’s Nuvia-based chips for Windows PC will launch in 2023 and will “serve as the lead in sustained performance and battery life”. But the leaked benchmarks tell a different story. 

Discovered in the GeekBench v5 listings the unreleased processor is codenamed “SC8280” with “Gold+” cores in LENOVO QRD on Windows 11. The GeekBench v5 scores of the new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 are behind M1 Apple Silicon in single-core and multi-core performance. Having said that, the alleged upcoming chip delivers better performance than some chipsets from Intel and AMD and shows major improvement than previous generations of Windows on ARM processors. 

Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 – Geekbench 5 scores 

  • Single-core score: 1010 
  • Multi-core score: 5335 

M1 chip – Geekbench 5 scores 

  • Single-core score: 1743
  • Multi-core score: 7697

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