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Windows 10 on ARM: Leaked 8cx Benchmark Hints at an End to Performance Issues

The latest Geekbench scores for the Snapdragon 8cx put it on par with the Intel i5-8250U as promised, with a single-core score of 3352 and multi-core of 11048.

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When on ARM was revealed around two years ago, it came with big promises. Namely, all-day battery life without compromising too much on performance.

Unfortunately, though it hit most of those metrics, the Always Connected platform didn't quite hit the last. The first PCs were somewhat sluggish, and subsequent Snapdragon processor releases didn't mark major improvements.

Now, leaked benchmarks suggest the Snapdragon 8cx may finally hold the performance consumers have been looking for. A Geekbench rating gives it a single-core score of 3352 and a multi-core of 11048.

Those numbers are comparable to the i5-825OU, the mid-range processor appears to be targetting. This confirms the company's test at Computex 2019, which put it more or less in-line with 825OU in a number of Office applications.

Of course, these numbers are likely to go down for apps isn't running natively. Being able to match Intel's mid-range processor from two years ago also doesn't sound particularly impressive.

Fast Progess

However, when it comes to generational leaps, it's clear Qualcomm is making fast progress. The 8cx is expected to be twice as powerful as the 850 while offering better battery life than Intel's offerings. Previous Futuremark tests put the i5-8250U at 10 hours 21 versus the Snapdragon's 17. The improvements could entirely remove the need to carry a charger around, with multi-day battery life even possible under light use.

Logically, it would make sense for a wealth of these to start shipping in time for the holiday season. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Book S is launching this month in time for the back to school season, boasting the 8cx and up to 22 hours of battery life.

All of this performance headway is impressive, but it's still unclear how consumers will react to the new models. Previous Always Connected efforts weren't met with particular enthusiasm, and some will expect more performance for the Galaxy Book S's $999 price tag. For now, though, the 8cx seems suitable to meet casual user's requirements. If Qualcomm continues to make such headway, we could see it as a major player in laptop chips in the years to come.

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Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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