Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon is the chip we begged Intel to make

From PC World: Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon X Elite PC platform is weird.

Twelve cores, all running at 3.8GHz. Normal, right? Not for an Arm chip like Qualcomm manufactures. We’ve all become used to performance cores and efficiency cores, and trying to minimize battery life by turning off cores when not in use.

It’s become such an accepted part of chip design that Intel followed Arm’s lead and designed its 12th-gen “Alder Lake” notebook chips with a mix of performance and efficiency cores. Gamers fumed; why was Intel mixing in low-power, slower efficiency cores when all they wanted was raw speed instead?

Weirdly, that’s the approach Qualcomm has taken. It’s a potent combination: Snapdragon X Elite performance allegedly doubles Intel’s 13th-gen chips (a claim that has yet to be tested) while promising multiple days of battery life. Is that even remotely possible?

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