While we knew that Apple’s M1 chip-based MacBook Pro is more powerful than Microsoft’s Surface Pro X based on Snapdragon 8cx, the latest report reveals that M1 can even beat the next-gen Snapdragon 8cx processor. The benchmark results of Qualcomm’s 3rd Snapdragon 8cx are out and show low core performance when compared to M1 benchmarks.
Apple M1 is Still Better Than Any Other Chip
Apple’s aim of making the company self-reliant in processors has worked well, as it now has the best performance processors for home users. The Apple M1 chip launched to ditch Intel for its notebooks is now one of the world’s powerful processors.
Set into MacBook Pro 2020 edition and subsequent models, we’ve seen M1 based MacBook Pro running Windows 10 better than Microsoft’s Surface Pro X tablet, and even the Windows 10X giving good results on M1 based MacBook Pro. Since tests like these dwarf Microsoft and Qualcomm (chip provider for Microsoft notebooks), they’re now aiming to make things better.
This could be the next generation chip from Qualcomm, which is touted to be an updated Snapdragon 8cx launching sometime later this year. While it isn’t official yet, we already have its prototype’s benchmark scores, made public last week. As Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD), this chip is an octa-core processor based on ARMv8 and has a 2.9GHz base frequency.
The test made on GeekBench 5 reveals the single-core and multi-core points to be at 982 and 4,918, respectively. This still puts the upcoming Snapdragon chip for Microsoft’s Surface Pro X behind the Apple M1, making it of no use! While the single-core is deemed okay, the multi-core differences make up huge. Yet, we expect these scores to be bettered with the final version of the product, as they always are.