Snapdragon X Elite Falls Short of Expectations in Early Benchmarks

The Snapdragon X Elite, powering Microsoft’s new Copilot+ PCs, has recently surfaced, and initial reviews are casting doubts on its potential to revolutionize Windows computing. A Reddit user, r/caponica23, reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Book4 Edge, revealing that the performance metrics fall short of those of the iPhone 12 mini, a device released in 2021.

Benchmark tests using GeekBench and CrystalDiskMark, along with battery and gaming evaluations, did not favor the Snapdragon X Elite processor. On battery power, the laptop scored 1829 in single-core and 11379 in multi-core tests. When plugged in, these scores slightly improved to 1841 and 11537, respectively. These figures are significantly lower than Qualcomm’s claimed benchmarks, which showcased 2977 single-core and 15086 multi-core points. Additionally, gaming performance was disappointing, with Resident Evil 7: Village running at only 40-50 FPS at 1080p even with AMD’s FSR on performance mode.

The gap between the actual and promised performance has sparked considerable backlash. Some critics have pointed out that the Galaxy Book4 Edge’s single-core performance lags behind that of the iPhone 12 mini. However, several factors could explain this discrepancy. One potential issue is a hardware anomaly, as the CPU did not exceed 2.52 GHz during the Reddit tests, despite the Elite X’s advertised boost clocks of up to 4.0 GHz. There are also claims that the laptop might be throttling CPU speeds to manage cooling and battery life, although other GeekBench scores for the same model suggest higher performance in the Copilot+ lineup.

Numerous GeekBench tests of various Snapdragon X Elite models show single-core scores in the 1700s to 1800s range, which remains below the iPhone 12 benchmark. As Qualcomm’s review embargo is still in place, it is uncertain if a firmware update will be released to enhance the performance of these early units.

Despite these early concerns, Tom’s Hardware reported positive hands-on experiences with Microsoft’s Surface laptops at the Microsoft Build event in May, with no indications of performance discrepancies in Microsoft’s demos or benchmarks. Third-party reviewers commissioned by Microsoft also reported high scores, although these results should be viewed with caution. Comprehensive reviews are expected once the embargo lifts, which will provide a clearer picture of the Snapdragon X Elite’s capabilities.

Until then, it’s advisable to hold off on final judgments, despite the troubling early results that echo past accusations of Qualcomm’s benchmark manipulation.

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