The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is more powerful but consumes significantly more battery than its predecessor, according to benchmarks

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 benchmarks show 13% performance increase but 28% higher power consumption

Qualcomm, MediaTek and company renew their processors every year and the premise is usually the same: more and better, although technology has its limitations and it is not always possible to improve everything. with the last Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 according to the expert’s benchmarks @Golden_Reviewerwe will have more power, yes, but less efficiency.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 benchmarks show us that Qualcomm’s latest high-end processor is 13% faster than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 but uses 28% more energy. That is, it has an energy efficiency that is 11% lower than its predecessor.

An energy-eating Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

We want our processors to have monstrous performance, but not so much that the performance drains our battery or turns the phone into a hand warmer (except when it’s very cold, which makes the idea tempting). It’s a difficult balance between performance and efficiency in which Qualcomm seems to have opted to give priority to the first, over the second.

This, at least, according to Golden Reviewer’s Cortex-X4 benchmarks of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. In the presentation of the new processor, Qualcomm promised 30% higher performance with 20% lower energy consumption with its triple cluster design with a Cortex-X4 core at 3.3 GHz, five Cortex-A720 (three at 3.2 GHz and two at 3 GHz) and two Cortex-A520 at 2.3 GHz.

The benchmarks place the increase in performance of its main core, the Cortex-X4 around 13% compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2+22% compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 43% compared to the Dimension 9200 and 43% compared to the Google Tensor G3.

Chart by @golden_reviewer

However, The most important data is found in energy consumption, where the Cortex-X4 of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 consumes 28% more energy than the Cortex-X3 of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2+. If we compare it to the Snapragon 8 Gen 2 (not the “plus” version), consumption is 75% higher.

This translates into 11% lower energy efficiency to that of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2+ and 31% compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. For Golden Reviewer, all this means that manufacturers are going to have to take special care in adjusting the CPU to use the intermediate cores as much as possible and avoid Let the Cortex-X4 operate at full power to avoid overheating or excessive battery consumption.

For now, Only a handful of phones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 have been presented on board, including the latest Xiaomi 14, although it is expected to reach a good part of the high range for the remainder of the year and next year. There will then be time to check the energy consumption of the processor and its impact on the

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