Updated: I’ve heard from two credible sources close to Qualcomm that this benchmark does not represent the actual performance of the Snapdragon 850. –Paul
Early Snapdragon 850 benchmarks suggest that Qualcomm’s first PC-centric chipset may not bring hoped-for performance gains.
In a benchmark posted to Geekbench and first spotted by WinFuture.de, a Snapdragon 850-based PC scored 2263 in a single core test, a 25 percent improvement over the Snapdragon 835. But the 850-based PC netted only a 7.3 percent gain in a multi-core test, with a score of just 6947, vs. 6475 for the 835.
Qualcomm, you may recall, claimed that the Snapdragon 850 was optimized for performance and should see a 30 percent gain, overall, when compared to the 835. That’s true of both the processor, which runs at a higher clock rate, and the graphics processor.
So. What are we to make of this?
Well, it’s only one test. And Qualcomm, of course, has committed to a long-term strategy of designing custom chipsets for each market it targets. We’ve seen rumors about a coming Snapdragon 1000 as well, and that one may be aimed at desktop PCs.
But this is not good news, for sure. Today’s Snapdragon 835-based PCs are basically a non-starter. And we need to see bigger gains than this.
<blockquote><em><a href="#301970">In reply to FalseAgent:</a></em></blockquote><p>It's not clear that Windows has been "completely" ported to ARM. I'm not aware of any definitive statement from Microsoft claiming 100% compatibility between their x86/x64 implementation of Windows and their ARM implementation. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the more obscure APIs didn't make the cut. </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#301968">In reply to Silversee:</a></em></blockquote><p>Performance potential, yes, market potential, not necessarily. You need popular programs to be available for the platform and so far there's not much interest in modifying and compiling x86 programs for ARM.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#302092">In reply to Silversee:</a></em></blockquote><p>I think you've made two big assumptions. In recent years there's been a kind of ARM frenzy but it doesn't seem to based on anything that substantial. Lower power is very important for smartphones, but of lesser importance for PCs. </p><p><br></p><p>Keep in mind that developers never caught on to Windows Phone and Microsoft eventually walked away from that market. So there's a precedent for MS's lack of patience and developers reluctance to develop for a platform without a clear business case.</p>
<p>An increase in performance is great but the 850's competition isn't the 835. What matters to the market is how it compares to offerings by Intel and AMD. </p>
<p>Is this why andromeda didn’t make the cut?</p><p><br></p><p>shame really, looks like Apple is going to have a significant lead in its own ARM iOS based product categories (Mac OS / iOS arm laptop stuff). clearly Qualcomm will improve but it looks to me like Apple will gain control and advantage in this new area whilst win 10 arm lags behind.</p><p><br></p>