Qualcomm looks to beat Intel, AMD, and Nvidia with its own ARM gaming CPUs


When you concentrate on the producers behind one of the best gaming CPUs available on the market, you’ll image AMD or Intel earlier than Qualcomm even crosses your thoughts. However, with computer systems slowly however certainly transitioning away from the 43-year-old x86 instruction set to an ARM-based one, it may not be lengthy earlier than our gaming PCs use Qualcomm processors.

During the corporate’s Investor Day 2021 presentation (which you’ll be able to watch right here), CEO Cristiano Amon mentioned that Qualcomm is “very well positioned to be the preferred platform for PCs, in the inevitable transition to ARM.” Qualcomm isn’t alone in viewing ARM as the longer term, with Microsoft’s chief product officer, Panos Panay, describing ARM-based PCs as “an amazing opportunity.” Meanwhile, Apple has already made the transition from x86 with its own shockingly highly effective M1 chips, and Nvidia continues to pursue its buy of Arm Ltd., an ARM processor design firm within the UK.

Despite holding efficiency metrics shut to its chest, Qualcomm claims that its upcoming Snapdragon CPU that’ll seem in next-generation laptops can be “designed to lead in performance and power efficiency”, that includes an Adreno GPU with “discrete-like graphics performance.”

While Qualcomm is but to show itself within the PC market, the corporate doesn’t totally lack gaming credentials, with its Snapdragon processors powering each flagship Android smartphones and a few of the finest VR headsets, just like the Oculus Quest 2.

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon stands in front of a slide detailing the company's vision for its next-gen CPU

Following on from Nvidia just lately bolstering its Geforce Now game streaming service with RTX 3080s, Amon additionally imagine that “gaming is moving to the cloud. It’s a no-brainer to a gaming developer to be able to develop a game, host it in the cloud, and have it be compatible with every single screen out there, whether it’s a television, a computer device, or a phone.”