Snapdragon X Elite Can Achieve Just Under 40FPS When Running Control On ‘Low’ Settings, But In Non-Combat Areas

Qualcomm previously stated that its Snapdragon X Elite can run most games but did not dive into the image quality and framerate details. We recently reported that the SoC could maintain a solid 30FPS when running Baldur’s Gate 3 at low settings. This is an impressive feat, considering that the AAA title was running at the 1080p resolution and that the Snapdragon X Elite comes armed with nothing more than an integrated GPU.

We now learn that the silicon can run Control, a 2019 action-adventure game developed by Remedy, at just under 40FPS, but again, at low settings. Bear in mind that the game can bring most high-end GPUs to their knees at higher resolutions and with ray tracing set to the maximum configured value, so for the Snapdragon X Elite to pull this off means that users have some freedom on what to run on it.

Control can become relatively taxing on GPUs in combat scenarios, where explosions and physics effects require more horsepower

A hands-on performance run by Tom’s Hardware showcased the Snapdragon X Elite’s capabilities, and while there were a slew of tests done, we decided to focus on the gaming aspect. Keep in mind that Apple’s M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max have recently upped their game when it comes to running graphically demanding titles while also supporting hardware-accelerated ray tracing, so Qualcomm has done exceptionally well with the Snapdragon X Elite.

As mentioned above, Control is no easy game to run, even on dedicated mid-tier graphics processors, and we have mentioned in our review that cranking everything to the maximum possible value made it difficult for a desktop RTX 2080 Ti to keep up. We do not know if the game running on the Snapdragon X Elite was tested with an upscaler running, and to be honest, it would have been better had we witnessed the chipset’s capabilities when running Control in combat-intensive situations.

Then again, the first wave of Snapdragon X Elite-powered notebooks will arrive later this year, so it will not be long before we see how truly capable this SoC is. If you want to check out more benchmarks performed on Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset for notebooks, check out Tom’s Hardware’s in-depth article.

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