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Qualcomm releases official Snapdragon X Plus and Snapdragon X Elite benchmarks for 45 TOPS Hexagon NPU

Qualcomm has integrated its new Hexagon NPU in all its Snapdragon X chipset. (Image source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm has integrated its new Hexagon NPU in all its Snapdragon X chipset. (Image source: Qualcomm)
No independent Snapdragon X device reviews have been released yet. Instead, Qualcomm has stepped in to highlight the strengths of its Hexagon NPU again, which it claims delivers up to 45 TOPS of theoretical performance. Unsurprisingly, Qualcomm boasts that the Snapdragon X Elite (X1E-80-100) surpasses the Apple M3 and Intel Core Ultra 7 155H in most areas, including performance per watt.

Qualcomm has now provided what it describes as an 'architecture overview' of the Hexagon neural processing unit (NPU) that powers its Snapdragon X Plus and Snapdragon X Elite chipsets. For context, the chipset manufacturer officially debuted these chipsets a few weeks ago, albeit without sharing any benchmark results. Subsequently, OEMs like Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft and Samsung announced the first set of Snapdragon X-powered devices, an overview of which we have provided separately.

On top of that, Microsoft commissioned Signal65 to assess the Snapdragon X Elite (X1E-80-100) powered Surface Laptop 7 15 against recent Apple MacBook and Intel-powered laptops. Now, Qualcomm has provided official results for its Hexagon NPU, screenshots of which we have embedded below. For reference, while all Snapdragon X SKUs differ in one area or another, they all feature NPUs capable of delivering up 45 TOPS in theoretical performance.

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Unsurprisingly, Qualcomm boasts that the Snapdragon X Elite (X1E-80-100) requires significantly less power to run than established options like the Apple M3 and the Intel Core Ultra 7 155H. Likewise, it claims that the Snapdragon X Elite (X1E-80-100) offers much higher NPU performance per watt than either of its competitors. However, Qualcomm neglects to mention the more power-hungry Snapdragon X Elite (X1E-84-100) variant or the lesser Snapdragon X Elite (X1E-78-100) and Snapdragon X Plus (X1P-64-100).

Similarly, Qualcomm asserts that Snapdragon X Elite (X1E-80-100) also outperforms its peers in Procyon AI or when generating images and photo editing in GIMP + Stable Diffusion 1.5 and Luminar Neo, respectively. As always, we would recommend waiting for independent Snapdragon X reviews to arrive instead of taking Qualcomm at its word. Currently, it seems that Snapdragon X-powered devices will begin shipping on June 18. Thus, we imagine that early reviews will land at the start of next month.

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Alex Alderson, 2024-05-28 (Update: 2024-06-14)