Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Dimensity 10000, Exynos 2300, Could Consume More Power Thanks to the Inefficient Cortex-X3 Cores


The Cortex-X2 came under fire for its lack of power-efficiency improvements over the Cortex-X1. This would explain why the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Exynos 2200, and Dimensity 9000 miss the mark in power conversation tests. Unfortunately, things are not expected to improve with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Exynos 2300, or Dimensity 10000, as all three will reportedly feature a power-hungry Cortex-X3.

Early Cortex-X3 Samples Provide Little Performance Improvements Over Cortex-X2, but Power Consumption Has Increased Drastically

A report seemingly originating from Taiwan states that Qualcomm, Samsung, and MediaTek have inspected early Cortex-X3 samples, and some tweaking might be in order. At the time of writing, the performance difference between Cortex-X2 is not exceptionally high, but power draw is. The reason for this disparity is that AI performance has increased by more than 100 percent, while basic IPC performance does not see a major impact.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Rumored to Have Better Power Efficiency Than Existing Qualcomm SoCs, Including Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Cortex-X3 running at 3.00GHz or higher consumes 10 percent more power than the Cortex-X2 in its current state, but it is not mentioned if the Cortex-X2 is running at the same frequency as the Cortex-X3. These early samples were apparently tested on TSMC’s and Samsung’s next-generation manufacturing process. Samsung does have an existing 4nm node, but there is no word if the Korean manufacturer has a more refined version of the manufacturing process like TSMC does.

In any case, the Cortex-X3’s increased power consumption on an improved manufacturing process is a troubling situation for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Exynos 2300, and Dimensity 10000 if adjustments are not made. So far, Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung have little choice but to stick with ARM’s designs since no alternative exists. Qualcomm is expected to switch to a custom design like Apple does for its A-series, but that may not happen until 2024.

For MediaTek, the Taiwanese firm has little choice in the matter due to development costs incurred in switching to a custom design. The positive aspect of this rumor is that ARM’s Cortex-X3 launch is still months away, so revised versions may bring down that power consumption, making the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Exynos 2300, and Dimensity 10000 less worrisome in the efficiency department.

News Source: Meeco