Apple has had a lot of success with its M-series chips. These SoCs now power nearly all of the company’s Mac computers, from the original and capable M1 to the powerful M1 Ultra, but Apple isn’t the only company looking for hardware. Arm architecture Microsoft needs too. and wanting to drive Arm’s development on Windows as well. That’s why the company launched its first Arm-based desktop computer: Windows Dev Kit 2023.
The developer toolkit, codenamed Project Volterra, is an Arm based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor with associated Adreno GPU, 32GB LPDDR4x RAM, 512GB NVMe flash storage, and ports including USB-C. Two 3.2 Gen 2, three USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, Mini DisplayPort and Ethernet port. There is also an embedded NPU (neural processing unit) in the device, which allows machines toLearning programs and AI
All the specs cost just $599, which makes the Windows Dev Kit 2023 $100 cheaper than Apple’s intro-grade M1 Mac mini. Of course, the device comes with an M1 chip with an eight-core CPU and GPU, as well as a 16-core NPU. However, it only comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, half the storage of the Volterra and a a quarter Memories. The ports are good: Ethernet, two Thunderbolt USB-C 4 ports, two USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 ports, HDMI, and a headphone jack.
Of course, specs on paper aren’t everything. Apple has proven the potential of the M1 since its launch. Even though it has basic specs like 8GB of RAM in the M1 test. can do much better The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is comparable even when running Windows in a virtual machine: the M1 wins in the single-core test and almost ties the 8cx Gen 3 in multi-core.
However, for Windows machines running the Small Arm, the development kit is an interesting option. Although not targeting You. Microsoft markets this product to developers only. Although everyone can afford it. There is no need to prove that you created the software. This means you don’t have to pay. $19 fee to create a developer account.
That said, the purpose of this product is for developers to test and build software using the Arm architecture. Arm is growing rapidly. But there are also many apps and games that are not optimized or incompatible with the platform. By creating a compelling developer toolkit, Microsoft is trying to increase the percentage of original Arm apps.
In a market that doesn’t quite compete with this type of arm machine, you can look at something like Beelink GTR 5 (Which retails for $900 but can be found for much less), but runs the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX for arm work. At this form factor and power potential, the rest of the lineup is really the M1 Mac mini.
While that’s not Microsoft’s intention, we’ll soon see tech reviewers use benchmarks on developer toolkits. to see how it combines into the main PC. If the feedback is positive, perhaps Microsoft will push the product to consumers in the future. I would like to see a real Mac mini competitor on the market.
Windows Dev Kit is available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom. and the United StatesS