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ARMs Race | Microsoft announces its first Snapdragon-powered PC for developers called Project Volterra



Microsoft announced today its upcoming Snapdragon-powered compute platform with the aim to empower developers to build and test arm-native apps with Qualcomm and Windows toolkits called Project Volterra.

It is not yet clear which Snapdragon chip is powering the device, but we imagine that it could be the upcoming Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 that is expected to deliver significant performance gains for the first and second generation 8cx compute platforms.

In November, A Geekbench listing appeared to show a Lenovo PC powered by the 3rd-generation Snapdragon 8cx earning a single-core score of 1,010 and a multi-core score of 5,335. In contrast the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 only had a single-core score of 797 and a muti-core score of 3,006 with Surface Pro X hitting over 800 in single-core and 3050 3150 in muti-core scores. A multi-core score of 5335, put the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 in the ballpark of laptops powered by Intel’s Core i7-1165G7 and while these scores still fall short of Apple’s M1 series chips, Qualcomm believes the chips coming as a result of its Nuvia acquisition will finally go to-toe-to Apple’s M1 series chips.