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AMD Ryzen 7 8840U/7840U outperforms Snapdragon X Elite in gaming by approximately double the speed under equal power conditions.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite has garnered significant attention, with Microsoft asserting that it represents the next major advancement in Windows gaming. Regrettably (or perhaps luckily), this claim is largely unfounded. AMD’s Phoenix and Hawk Point processors deliver vastly superior gaming capabilities, frequently outperforming the Snapdragon X Elite by a factor of 2 or more in popular gaming titles. Testing conducted by the renowned tech reviewer “The Phawx” demonstrates that the Arm chip neither excels in speed nor power efficiency when compared to prevailing x86 CPUs available in the market.

AMD Ryzen 7 8840U/Radeon 780M Dominates the SD X Elite in Gaming

In Cyberpunk 2077, the Ryzen 7 8840U achieves an average of 54 frames per second, a substantial increase from approximately 30 frames per second on the Snapdragon X Elite. It is important to note that the Elite adjusts its frequency and TDP using Windows power profiles, with a TDP of 20-25W in efficiency mode and 38W in performance mode (compared to 25W on the 8840U).


Intel’s Core Ultra processors codenamed “Meteor Lake” continue to underperform, barely surpassing the Snapdragon X Elite in Cyberpunk at 25W power consumption.


Horizon Zero Dawn exemplifies the efficiency of AMD’s Radeon 780M. Operating at the default 25W TDP, the Ryzen 7 8840U surpasses the X Elite by 2.6 times. Even at 10W, the RDNA 3 GPU showcases performance 2.2 and 1.6 times superior to the Snapdragon X Elite operating at 23W and 38W, respectively.


Intel’s Core Ultra 155H falls behind the Elite (23W) at power consumptions of 20W and 25W. This may explain why Qualcomm drew comparisons between its latest chip and Meteor Lake rather than Phoenix/Hawk Point.


Shadow of the Tomb Raider is recognized for its optimization on PC. The AMD Ryzen 7 8840U achieves an average of 92 frames per second at 720p resolution on low settings, significantly surpassing the Snapdragon X Elite’s modest 44.5 frames per second. Both chips operated at 20W, with the Qualcomm chip delivering comparable performance to the 8840U when set to performance mode (35W) while the former ran at 10W. Effectively, the Radeon 780M demonstrates efficiency approximately 3.5 times greater than the X Elite in gaming workloads.


Lastly, in “The Callisto Protocol,” the Ryzen 7 8840U achieves an average framerate of 58 FPS and 50 FPS in 20W and 15W modes, respectively. In comparison, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite delivers roughly half these rates, averaging 29 FPS and 26 FPS at 34W and 24W, respectively.

AMD’s Ryzen 7 8840U (technically identical to the 7740U) has been available for over a year, whereas the X Elite has yet to be launched. Its main competitor will be the Ryzen 9 AI 365/Ryzen 9 AI HX 370, anticipated to be at least 40-50% faster than the 8840U with upgraded Radeon “RDNA 3.5” 890M graphics.

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