Hands on with the Snapdragon 8c and 7c, Qualcomm-value-PC-game

Hands on with the Snapdragon 8c and 7c, Qualcomm-value-PC-game

Let’s be honest: We’re a bit skeptical of the new Snapdragon 7c and 8c of the story, Qualcomm is the latest expansion of its Snapdragon Compute the lineup in more favourable markets. But we had a chance to play around with them, and you are…right?

In the case of the Qualcomm Snapdragon technology summit in Maui, Hawaii, the company offered reporters a chance to try a couple of 7c and 8c of the demo machines. The two units we saw were reference designs, with pre-production hardware.

Miguel Nunes, senior director of product management for compute products, supplied us with a few more details to the individual Chips. The 7c comprises a pair of ARM Cortex-A76 “performance” cores, the six-Cortex-A55-cores, as the low-power “efficiency” cores. There is a X15 LTE modem, too.

The Snapdragon 8c used cores, four A76 and four-A55, a powerful mix that, combined with a 2 Gbit / s X24 LTE-modem, or an optional 5G modem, is the X55. If that means nothing to you, that’s fine: Nunes said that you should consider, the Snapdragon 8cx than a Core i5, the 8c as a Core i3, and the 7c as a Celeron-based Pentium processor.

Unfortunately, the 8cx even blown the roof out of the PC market. While Qualcomm has previously promised that the 8cx would provide Core i5 performance in PCMark 10 Apps benchmark, it did not. (This benchmark is important as it directly in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Edge loads, all running should be pretty comparable on both ARM-and Intel-based machines.) Here is our PCMark is 10 Apps score for Microsoft Surface Pro X tablet, the 8cx-based custom chip, the Microsoft SQ1. It is not just in the vicinity of an older Core i5.

Microsoft Surface Pro-X pcmark 10 apps Mark Hachman / IDG

The question is, how much the performance of the midrange (under $800 or so) and the low-end (under $ 400) market is expected to be, and how much Qualcomm can deliver. You also have the factor of reservations, such as the Snapdragon the current inability to run 64-bit Windows apps, not even by imitation.

Hands-on with the Snapdragon 8c

Qualcomm demo machine came with a rule: no benchmarking. Instead, we had a few standard functions: playback of a 4K 60-fps video from YouTube, scrolling through a large Excel table and load legal-intensive web sites. 

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c system Mark Hachman / IDG

Here are the details of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c reference.

It was a bit of stuttering playback of 4K-video, and that is, after we are sure it had to be buffered appropriately. (The demo-room Wi-Fi was satisfactory, but not overly so.) I would say that the video performance would be sufficient for a majority of users, however. The scrolling in a large Excel table felt smooth, although we do not have the ability to perform all the calculations. The machine felt responsive enough, when loading pages such as PCWorld.com with the help of the optimized version of Firefox, and the new, streamlined edge.

We had a quite different experience, Asphalt 9: Legends, the sequel to the popular Asphalt 8 racing-game. Here are the fast-paced race through a city, stuttered and even stopped for a second or two. I found Asphalt 9 is already loaded on the demo machine, when I tried it, I was later told that the game ran much more smoothly on a completely different map. 

Hands-on with the Snapdragon 7c

The 7c, I think, is where Qualcomm is taking the biggest risk. Sub-$500 PCs, especially Chromebooks, are dominating Amazon’s list of the most popular laptops. But Qualcomm hasn’t said anything about saving either the 7c or 8c on the Chromebook market, so that the slowest chip in the hands of the PC manufacturers seek what pennies you can—and a clientele that quickly on you with unfavorable reviews.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Mark Hachman /IDG

The system specs of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c reference device.

For me, the 7c and 8c, the experience seemed about the same. The difference between the two machines, though, was that while the 8c contained a measly 4 GB of RAM, the amplified 7c, that 6 GB is not a huge amount, but enough to get the job done.

have, which may be set-off, performance-problems with the use of the Sanpdragon 7c. Web browsing remained relatively smooth—but again we were with the optimized Browser. 4K-60 video generally played smoothly again. I didn’t have a chance, all sorts of games to play, but that’s not really the point of low-end machines.

With Qualcomm ‘ s Snapdragon-powered machines, we have always been of the opinion that the best way to continue to be in the security of apps written exclusively for the ARM architecture. In addition, to go, and problems that may arise. The opinion is likely to hold even more true than Qualcomm, the food chain moves down in value PCs. < p>note: Because Qualcomm would have to provide certain information only via an in-person briefing in Hawaii, with no alternative venue in the continental United States or by virtual means, we took to pay the company’s offer for the flight and the hotel in order to get the story.

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Released on Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:00:00 +0000

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