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Qualcomm Announced New Chipsets for Windows PCs and Gaming Handhelds

Following its latest flagship mobile processor, Qualcomm has announced its new flagship chip for PCs - the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 - the first chip for Windows computers built on a 5 nm process.

According to Qualcomm, the new chip will deliver up to 85% better CPU performance and up to 60% faster GPU performance compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2. The company also boasts that the new chip will offer "60% greater performance per watt over the competitive x86 platform".

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 supports both Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, along with 5G connectivity. It also gets AI improvements like the Spectra ISP, which comes with better autofocus, auto white balance, and auto exposure for video conferencing. Noise and echo cancellation has been improved too. Thanks to the Adreno GPU, you'll be able to play games in Full HD at up to 120 fps.

In addition, Qualcomm has also revealed the Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 for entry-level PCs and Chromebooks. It supports 5G as well as both Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E. The chip will offer up to 40% better CPU performance and 35% better GPU performance, according to Qualcomm.

Aside from PCs and mobiles, Qualcomm is also making a new chipset for gaming handhelds. The Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 processor is said to be able to support game streaming from consoles and PC, cloud gaming services, as well as Android games and apps. According to the company, the Adreno GPU allows it to run games at 144 fps and at 10-bit HDR.

To show off the gaming platform, Razer and Qualcomm have collaborated on a handheld gaming dev kit with the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 chip. The device features a 6.65" OLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 10-bit HDR support. It also comes with four-way speakers, a 1080p 60 fps camera, dual mics, and a built-in controller.


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