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    Qualcomm Strikes Back: Snapdragon X Elite Chip Outperforms Apple's M2 in Windows Laptops
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  • Washington Mkombodzi
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  • posted 4 months ago
  • As a devoted Windows fan, I am thrilled by the recent news of Qualcomm's launch of the impressive Snapdragon X Elite chip. For far too long, Apple's M-series chips have held the crown, leaving us Windows enthusiasts feeling a tinge of jealousy. However, Qualcomm has finally answered our prayers by developing a chip that outperforms Apple's offerings.

    Known primarily for their chip designs in Android devices, Qualcomm has now set its sights on the laptop market with the Snapdragon X Elite chip. Boasting significant performance improvements and power efficiency, this chip is set to revolutionize the Windows ecosystem.

    Built on a groundbreaking 4nm process node, the Snapdragon X Elite chip delivers twice the CPU performance of the Intel Core i7-1360P at peak power while consuming a staggering 68% less power. Even when compared to the powerhouse Core i7-13800H, Qualcomm claims a remarkable 60% higher performance at peak power and 65% less power consumption at the same performance level.

    What truly piques our interest, however, is the comparison to Apple's M2 chip. In Geekbench 6 testing, Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite surpasses Apple's offering by achieving an impressive 50% higher multi-threaded performance. It is worth noting that Qualcomm tested Geekbench 6.2, which includes both Mac and native Windows versions.

    While ARM-based chips, like those produced by Qualcomm, have faced hurdles in terms of performance in the past, the Snapdragon X Elite chip seems to have shattered those barriers. Finally, we have a chip that can go toe-to-toe with Apple's M-series chips and provide Windows users with the power and efficiency we crave.

    Aside from its exceptional performance, the Snapdragon X Elite chip offers several advantages for Windows laptops. Qualcomm claims that this chipset can provide multiple days of battery life, an area where Apple's M-series chips have excelled. Even Windows laptops with impressive battery life fall short when compared to Apple's M-series MacBooks, but that could soon change with Qualcomm's new chip.

    With growing app support, increased power, and notable advantages in battery life and connectivity, the Snapdragon X Elite chip has the potential to shine in the Windows on ARM landscape. It has been a long journey to establish Windows on ARM as a mainstream platform, but Qualcomm's latest offering brings us closer to that reality.

    As a staunch supporter of the Windows ecosystem, I am thrilled to witness this exciting development. Qualcomm's determination to challenge Apple's dominance in the chip market is a testament to their commitment to innovation. The competition between chip manufacturers is intensifying, and as consumers, we can expect more powerful and efficient devices to enhance our Windows experience.

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