Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Performance Cores Could Reach 4.30GHz, Matching The Snapdragon X Elite But May Not Sustain Those Clock Speeds For Long

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Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Performance Cores Could Reach 4.30GHz, Matching The Snapdragon X Elite But May Not Sustain Those Clock Speeds For Long

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 was previously rumored to reach frequencies of 4.00GHz, creating a significant gap between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, whose Cortex-X4 topped out at 3.30GHz. However, a fresh rumor claims that the clock speed difference will be even more pronounced, touching 4.30GHz, which essentially means that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 could match the Snapdragon X Elite in this area. However, one tipster does not appear confident in these claims. For one thing, how will a smartphone’s internal compact space manage to sustain those clock speeds for longer periods?

Rumor also states that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 single-core power consumption can reach 10W, but it will need to reduce to tame thermals

It is possible that multiple Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 variants are being tested, with tipster @negativeonehero earlier stating that Qualcomm’s upcoming flagship SoC would be finalized in April and shipped to OEMs in June. He also stated that overclocked versions would be available, though details around the clock speeds were not touched. On this occasion, the same tipster uploaded an image on X, with the machine translation stating that the chipset’s single-core power consumption could reach 10W while operating at 4.30GHz.

However, due to spiking temperatures, that same frequency could be reduced to 3.80GHz, which is the highest limit that Apple’s A17 Pro performance cores can reach. Assuming that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 can maintain 3.80GHz speeds, it will still match the Snapdragon X Elite, whose own performance cores can fluctuate between 3.80GHz and 4.30GHz. Alongside @negativeonehero, @faridofanani96 believes it impossible for a smartphone SoC to reach such performance levels, as the cooler’s dissipation capabilities would be saturated long before the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 reaches peak clock speeds.

However, he does mention the OnePlus 11 Concept, which sports a liquid cooler, as this elaborate solution might allow the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to run at those frequencies. Unfortunately, no manufacturer would be willing to invest millions into R&D to make it, and they would much rather leave performance on the table. Remember, one Qualcomm executive has hinted that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will be more expensive than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 thanks to the custom Oryon cores.

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 already estimated to be $200, phone makers would struggle to generate healthy margins with the upcoming silicon, making it pointless to spend excess funds on a sophisticated cooling solution. It is possible that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is being tested at the 4.30GHz frequencies, but running in smartphones with limited space available may require some downclocking. If you want to learn more about Qualcomm’s first smartphone SoC sporting its custom CPU designs, remember to check out our detailed rumor roundup.

News Source: @negativeonehero

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