Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite SoC benchmarks in Windows and Linux

Qualcomm unveiled the 4.3 GHz 12-core Snapdragon X Elite processor for laptops last week since some bold claims about the performance and efficiency. The company has now released benchmarks for the processor verified by third parties such as Anandtech and Notebookcheck showing the new Snapdragon processor performance is quite amazing with the Arm processor indeed matching Apple, Intel, and AMD high-end chips.

What’s more is that the new SoC was tested in both Windows and Linux (using Geekbench 6.2), so in hindsight, I was wrong to say the Snapdragon X Lite would be a Windows-only processor when only seeing the DX12 listed in the specifications…

Snapdragon X Elite reference laptop 23W vs 80W

Before we look into the benchmark results, we should note that Qualcomm provided two versions of the Snapdragon X Elite laptop prototype both using active cooling: “demo config A” high-performance system configured to run at an 80W TDP, and a low-power, thinner “demo config B” system set to 23W.

Demo Config A
Demo Config B
2-core turbo (Max)
4.3GHz
4.0GHz
All core turbo (Max)
3.8GHz
3.4GHz
RAM
LPDDR5X-8533
Display
16.5-inch LCD (3840x2160)
14.5-inch OLED (2880x1800)
Thickness
16.8mm
15mm
TDP
80W
23W
Battery
87Wh
58Wh

Here are some of the results for both models in Windows 11.

Demo Config A (80W)Demo Config B (23W)
Cinebench 2024 (single thread)132124
Cinebench 2024 (multi-thread)1227997
Geekbench 6.2 (single thread)29712780
Geekbench 6.2 (multi-thread)1537114029
PCMark 101349812737
GFXBench Aztec Ruins - Normal354 fps294 fps
3DMark Wildlife Extreme45 fps39 fps
UL Procyon AI17661813

The first remark is that I would have expected wider performance differences between the 23W and 80W systems, but the results are not that different. A chart on Notebookcheck shows the Snapdragon X Elite matches the Intel Core i5-14600K Comet Lake processor Geekbench 6.2 single-core benchmarks, where it also outperforms Apple M2 Max, comes close to the performance on AMD Ryzen 9 7950X, and the Intel Core i9-14900K is only 10 percent faster.

Geekbench 6.2 Snapdragon X Elite benchmark

The Adreno GPU performance, as measured by GFXBench, is still far behind the graphics performance of the Apple M2 Max/Pro processors, but significantly better than the integrated GPUs found in Intel and AMD processors.

Snapdragon X Elite GPU benchmark GFXBench

In Linux, we only have the scores for Geekbench 6.2 single-core and multi-core benchmarks for the 80W model.

  • Geekbench 6.2 single-core – 3,236 points
  • Geekbench 6.2 multi-core – 17,387 points

The results are higher in Linux partially because fan control is not working just yet in the open-source operating system, so the fan was active at full speed at all times.

As Anandtech notes, the selected benchmarks are mostly geared towards smartphones and tablets, rather than laptops and PCs, as Qualcomm wanted natively compiled benchmarks, or in other words no x86 emulation. to show the best performance of the system, and the company did not allow them to load their own benchmarks at this early stage of development. So we’ll likely need to wait until next year when the first commercially available Snapdragon X Elite laptops are expected to launch to get a wider range of benchmarks.

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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Stuart Naylor
4 months ago

Its really interesting, but idle wattage? Its almost like they have pushed on OC already as the wattage difference for relatively small gains is large.

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

Overclock isn’t going to affect idling.

I’m surprised they bothered pushing it to 80W. Are there many laptops that use that much and aren’t gaming focused with a dGPU?

tkaiser
tkaiser
4 months ago

> The results are higher in Linux partially because fan control is not working just

Seriously? Is this the ‘official’ explanation or just a thought?

When looking at single-threaded results the Linux scores are always higher as well which can’t be explained by fan control: https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/compare/3326512?baseline=3327362

And when checking raw results (browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/3327362.gb6) we see that at least in Linux the fastest core clocks with 4.3 GHz (the Windows version doesn’t measure clockspeeds)

tkaiser
tkaiser
4 months ago

For anyone interested in more details (presumably none): comparing browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/compare/3326512?baseline=3327362 with https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/compare/3337274?baseline=3336736

The former is SC8380XP AKA ‘Snapdragon X Elite’ Windows vs. Linux and the latter is the four A76 cores in RK3588 benchmarked with DRAM clocked at either 2112 or 528 MHz. As such it seems Qualcomm’s Windows guys suck since at least currently RAM speeds on Windows are way lower compared to Linux.

Willy
4 months ago

So if I’m reading it well, it basically shows that it’s pointless to multiply the power draw by 3.5 to gain 6% performance with the high-TDP version given that the much smaller one is just as fast, cheaper and will last much longer on batteries.

tkaiser
tkaiser
4 months ago

I would not expect the two systems being configured for different TDP values to actually consume the TDP rating. But if it’s the case then at least that would be the most stupid DVFS implementation we’ve ever seen 🙂

Willy
4 months ago

Yeah that’s my point 😉 Maybe they should have tried to further increase the voltage so that it heats so much that it throttles below the small one and actually runs slower, now that would have been fun! “look at my laptop, it’s slow but heats like crazy, that’s nice for winter, isn’t it?” 🙂

linuxgeex
4 months ago

Might help those with cold feet adopt it 😉

linuxgeex
4 months ago

Chilly Willy? Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

It looks better if you throw away the single-core tests. But ultimately they demonstrated that it is not worth it to increase the TDP target that much.

udif
udif
4 months ago

Given the Apple M3 announcement, it’s not surprising they rushed to demo this, even though it will only ship in 6 months.

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