Microsoft Testing A Snapdragon 8cx Plus Surface Pro X

July 1, 2020
Qualcomm Snapdragon

A possible benchmark of what is a new model of the Surface Pro X has, well, surfaced. And this one is powered by the Snapdragon 8cx Plus chip that we recently talked about.

There are rumors that Qualcomm has been working on an update for its Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, with a new silicon that is supposedly a slightly bumped up version. And now, this chip is starting to show up on PCs, including one from Microsoft.

A full refresh of the Surface Pro X, this is not.

It’s just something that Microsoft and Qualcomm are internally testing, which may never even come to the market. In fact, we may have to wait for a proper second-generation Surface Pro X, which judging by the existence of this new chip might be a while away.

Getting back to the benchmark, though, the unit is called OEMSR OEMSR Product Name DV, and the chipset has a 3.15GHz octa-core processor along with 16GB of RAM.

In terms of numbers, we are looking at 789 on single-core and 3,092 on multicore. For comparison, the Surface Pro X can get up to 770 on the former and 3,037 on the latter test. Goes to show that there is nothing to get excited about here for Surface fans.

Besides, the Pro X already makes use of the Microsoft SQ1 chip, which is nothing more than a Snapdragon 8cx with a higher clock speed on the CPU and GPU side of things.

In that respect, the Snapdragon 8cx+ is not even an improvement.

If this chip does make its way to the market, third-party hardware will benefit the most from these upgraded specifications. Which is what Qualcomm may be targeting with this new solution, provided it does make it to the market.

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