Battery Life Boost? Qualcomm Beats Intel Efficiency

According to PCWorld, during a briefing on Monday afternoon, Qualcomm officially unveiled a comparison of the energy efficiency curves between its Snapdragon X Elite processor and the Intel Core Ultra series, with the comparison graph demonstrating the former’s comprehensive superiority in energy efficiency over the Intel Core Ultra lineup.

Qualcomm selected the Core Ultra 7 155H and Core Ultra 9 185H for comparison. In comparison with the Ultra 7 155H, the Snapdragon X Elite led by 54% in single-thread performance and 52% in multi-thread performance at the same power consumption. In terms of power efficiency, the Snapdragon X Elite’s single-thread power consumption was 65% lower, and its multi-thread power consumption was 60% lower, at equivalent performance levels.

Regarding the Ultra 9 185H, the Snapdragon X Elite outperformed in single-thread performance by 51% and in multi-thread performance by 41% at the same power consumption. At the same performance level, the Snapdragon X Elite reduced single-thread power consumption by 65% and multi-thread power consumption by 58%. Qualcomm also showcased the integrated graphics performance of the Snapdragon X Elite: in Wildlife Extreme, the Snapdragon X Elite exceeded the Ultra 7 155H by approximately 36% in performance at the same power consumption, and it achieved a 50% reduction in power consumption at the same performance level.

Furthermore, Qualcomm stated that the Snapdragon X Elite’s Oryon cores scored 15,610 in the multi-core test under Geekbench 6.2, surpassing the Apple M3 processor’s score of 12,154 by 22%. Although Qualcomm did not specify the exact battery life of the Snapdragon X Elite during the conference, executives suggested that compared to Intel’s Core Ultra, the Snapdragon X Elite could extend laptop battery life by 40%.

Finally, Qualcomm demonstrated software running on the Snapdragon X Elite, including two games: “Control” and “Redout 2,” both set at a resolution of 1900×1200 with low graphics settings. “Control” ran at approximately 30-40 frames per second but was limited to the initial scenes without the ability to progress deeper into the game; meanwhile, “Redout 2” performed slightly better, with frame rates around 40 frames per second.