A ‘Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Subsequent Gen’ processor has appeared in Geekbench’s on-line consequence browser. The itemizing was unearthed by Home windows on Arm (WoA) developer Gustave Monce. Subsequent uncooked information digging carried out by Kuba Wojciechowski revealed that this ‘Subsequent Gen’ half is the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 (if a real consequence). This Qualcomm processor, codenamed Hamoa, is notable as it’s anticipated to be the product which debuts the Nuvia group’s CPU cores for a big increase in efficiency.
An early pattern of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 (Hamoa) simply confirmed up on geekbench!It is an early pattern that does not inform us so much concerning the efficiency, however a minimum of it confirms the core structure (8+4). https://t.co/20kGFf0knh pic.twitter.com/GPw9remvu6March 29, 2023
We have beforehand mentioned the impression Nuvia’s CPU core designs are anticipated to have on the world of PCs powered by the Arm structure. To recap: the Nuvia group is headed up by three senior Apple execs who departed the Cupertino firm after the primary Apple Silicon (M1) initiatives had been efficiently delivered.
Earlier than they had been purchased up by Qualcomm, Nuvia revealed a sequence of slides touting the astounding efficiency of their CPU cores. You’ll be able to look again at earlier articles for the chart(s) however to shortly summarize: they confirmed the anticipated efficiency per watt of the Nuvia CPU cores forged a really lengthy shadow on the up to date x86 competitors (AMD, Intel), in addition to Apple’s greatest Arm structure SoCs on the time.
In a nutshell, Qualcomm’s launch of Nuvia core CPUs for Home windows PCs ought to have an identical disruptive impression because the launch of the unique Apple Silicon (M1) — however on the extra expansive world of Home windows PCs.
Circling again to right now’s Geekbench leak, let’s check out the CPU data part, to begin. In response to this information, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 is a 12-core SoC with a hybrid 8+4 core configuration. Earlier leaks point out, extra particularly, that there are eight efficiency cores and 4 effectivity cores.
The info exhibits the SoC’s base frequency was 2.38 GHz. Beforehand, we heard the P-cores may increase to round 3.4 GHz, with the E-cores considerably slower at round 2.5 GHz. An ‘Adreno’ GPU is talked about within the system data, nevertheless it doesn’t in any other case enhance on earlier studies, which pointed to the presence of an built-in Adreno 740 GPU.
These Geekbench outcomes — assuming they’re real — are, sadly, nothing to get enthusiastic about. Monce reckons that is partly as a result of chip underneath take a look at being an “early engineering pattern.” Different causes for the clock/efficiency shortfalls may very well be the influences of early firmware and driver software program. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 (3.0 GHz octa-core) simply beats this Gen 4 chip in each the 1T and nT Geekbench checks.
Whereas it is nice to see indicators that counsel Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 chips are ‘within the wild,’ it is exhausting to imagine the hype. We hope issues will change (and that leaks shall be extra revealing and spectacular) in upcoming months. Bear in mind, there’s nonetheless loads of time for optimization, as Qualcomm and companions aren’t anticipated to launch merchandise till the top of 2023 or in early 2024.