Good Windows on ARM at last?


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Silicon nerd 🤓 that I am, I have gone through multiple cycles of excited-then-disappointed for Windows-on-ARM, especially considering the success of ChromeOS with ARM, the Apple M1/M2 (Apple’s own ARM silicon which now powers its laptops), and AWS Graviton (Amazon’s own ARM chip for its cloud computing services).

I may just be setting myself up for disappointment here but these (admittedly vendor-provided) specs for their new Snapdragon X (based on technology they acquired from Nuvia and are currently being sued for by ARM) look very impressive. Biased as they may be, the fact that these chips are performing in the same performance range as Intel/AMD/Apple’s silicon on single-threaded benchmarks (not to mention the multi-threaded applications which work well with the Snapdragon X’s 12 cores) hopefully bodes well for the state of CPU competition in the PC market!

Single-threaded CPU performance (Config A is a high performance tuned offering, Config B is a “thin & light” configuration)
Multi-threaded CPU performance (Config A is a high performance tuned offering, Config B is a “thin & light” configuration)

Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite Performance Preview: A First Look at What’s to Come
Ryan Smith | Anandtech

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