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We asked, you told us: You want Qualcomm to go all in on power for PC chips

Most AA readers want all the power all the time.

Published onMarch 19, 2021

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Qualcomm is reportedly working on a Snapdragon 8cx successor — a chipset that may be found in future laptops and Chromebooks. But unlike the 8cx, the new chip is apparently switching up its design.

While the octa-core 8cx balanced four performance cores with four power-saving cores, its successor will reportedly ditch the latter four. This would give the new chipset eight speedy, all-performance orientated cores instead.

Arguably, this might be the best way for Qualcomm to challenge its rivals, but would it offer users a balanced experience? Do you think that Qualcomm should sacrifice its low-power cores? In a recent poll, we asked for your thoughts. Here’s what you told us.

Should Qualcomm ditch the low power cores from its 8cx successor?


The majority of the ~1,000 respondents want to see more powerful cores in Qualcomm’s next laptop chipset. Just under 66% of votes are in favor of eight performance cores and no power-saving cores. But not everyone feels that the all-power approach is ideal. 34.3% of respondents believe that Qualcomm should consider using low-power cores in its chipset, too.

Notably, since details of the Snapdragon 8cx successor dropped, more information on a mid-range chipset has surfaced. Essentially a Snapdragon 7c successor, this chipset is rumored to feature four low-power cores. It’s likely that Qualcomm isn’t completely giving up on its bank of low-power cores on every chipset.

According to the comments, not everyone thinks the four-four divide is the best way to go either.

Here’s what you told us

  • Miguel7501: I’m not sure how well 2 or 4 A55s could handle a desktop idling with a browser, some chat app and another basic program open.
  • Grahaman27: Efficiency cores barely take up die space. They could include them and 8 performance cores.
  • Shizuma: If it’s meant for phones then yes, it should have low power core for battery life, though for larger devices like Chromebooks yeah, all high-performance cores would be good.
  • AnySmarterIdRunLinux: Why stop at 1 socket? Blend performance and efficiency with multi-socket solutions.
  • MM_Rafez: I’m choosing neither as I feel neither is a good option. Go for 6 cortex X1 at 3.0GHz and the 2 A55 core at 2.0GHz. Besides who is stopping you to go for 8 cortex X1 + 2 cortex A55 config

That’s it for this poll. Thanks for your votes and comments. If you have any additional thoughts about the results of the poll or Qualcomm’s designs, drop them in the comments below.