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Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite X1E-80-100

Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite X1E-80-100

The Snapdragon X Elite X1E-80-100 is a pretty fast ARM architecture processor (SoC) for use in Windows laptops. The X1E-80-100 is the second-fastest member of the Snapdragon X series, as of May 2024; as such, it has 12 Oryon CPU cores (3 clusters of equally powerful cores; 12 threads) running at up to 4.0 GHz, the 3.8 TFLOPS Adreno X1-85 GPU, the 45 TOPS Hexagon NPU and an impressively fast LPDDR5x-8448 memory controller.

The faster Snapdragon X Elite X1E-84-100 is thought to be based on the same die with the same NPU and the same number of CPU cores but with a higher GPU and CPU clock speeds.

Architecture and Features

Qualcomm Oryon cores are in part based on Nuvia IP; they most likely make use of the ARM v8.7 microarchitecture. Much like modern AMD and Intel processors, the Snapdragon chip is compatible with USB 4 and thus with Thunderbolt 4 but it remains to be seen if it is is compatible with GeForce or Radeon discrete graphics cards.

The Qualcomm SoC is thought to have at least 12 PCIe 4 and 4 PCIe 3 lanes for connecting various kinds of devices. NVMe SSDs are supported with a throughput of up to 7.9 GB/s; furthermore, most laptops built around the chip are expected to have 16 GB of LPDDR5X-8448 RAM. There is also a 45 TOPS NPU for accelerating AI workloads.

Performance

When all of the 12 cores are under load, they can run at up to 3.4 GHz. The much more desirable 4.0 GHz clock speed is only achievable under single-thread or dual-thread loads.

Given the very similar clock speeds, its multi-thread benchmark scores should be about the same as that of the X1E-78-100 for Ryzen 7 7840U and Apple M3-like performance in most real-world tasks. We'll make sure to update this section once we get our hands on a system powered by the X1E-80-100.

Like any other Windows on ARM platform, the Snapdragon X chip works best with applications and games compiled specifically for ARM processors. If making use of the built-in x86 to ARM emulation mode, a performance penalty of about 20% is to be expected.

Graphics

The integrated 3.8 TFLOPS Adreno X1-85 GPU is DirectX 12-enabled but not DirectX 12 Ultimate-enabled, despite featuring VRS and ray tracing support. The 3.8 TFLOPS of performance that it delivers pale in comparison to the slowest current-generation professional Nvidia Ada graphics card for laptops, the RTX 500 Ada, that delivers up to 9.2 TFLOPS.

Its gaming performance is somewhat underwhelming. While slightly faster than the aging Iris Xe (96 EUs), the Adreno is not fast enough to outpace the Radeon 780M meaning there is little point in comparing it with full-fat discrete graphics cards. Baldur's Gate 3, a triple-A title released in 2023, is pretty much unplayable at 1080p / Low. GTA V, a game that saw the light of day in 2015, is playable at 1080p / High.

The Qualcomm iGPU will let you use up to 3 UHD 2160p monitors simultaneously. 2160p120 integrated displays are supported, as are the popular AV1, HEVC and AVC video codecs (both decoding and encoding). The hardware does not support the VVC codec; that feature remains a Lunar Lake exclusive for now.

Power consumption

The X1E-80-100 is most likely going to be less power-hungry than its more powerful brother (the latter can be set to consume up to 80 Watts). Expect to see anything between 20 W and 45 W under long-term workloads because that's what Ryzen HS chips normally consume.

The SoC is built with a 4 nm TSMC process for decent, as of H1 2024, energy efficiency.

SeriesQualcomm Snapdragon X
CodenameOryon

Series: Snapdragon X Oryon

Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite X1E-84-100 compare - 4.2 GHz12 / 12 cores Oryon
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite X1E-80-100 « - 4 GHz12 / 12 cores Oryon
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite X1E-78-100 compare - 3.4 GHz12 / 12 cores Oryon
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Plus X1P-64-100 compare - 3.4 GHz10 / 10 cores Oryon
Qualcomm Snapdragon X Plus X1P-42-100 compare8 / 8 cores Oryon
Clock Rate <=4000 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads12 / 12
12 x 4.0 GHz Qualcomm Oryon
TDP Turbo PL280 Watt
Manufacturing Technology4 nm
GPUQualcomm Snapdragon X Adreno X1-85 (3.8 TFLOPS)
64 Bit64 Bit support
ArchitectureARM
Announcement Date04/24/2024
Product Link (external)www.qualcomm.com

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
37.4 pt (52%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1695     avg: 2013     median: 2096 (13%)     max: 2249 Points
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HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 6.69     avg: 6.9     median: 6.8 (12%)     max: 7.23 fps
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 3.36     avg: 4.2     median: 4.7 (3%)     max: 4.68 Watt
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
min: 3.33     avg: 4.2     median: 3.5 (4%)     max: 5.71 Watt
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