Intel pulls a surprise with 28-core CPU at Computex

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Intel pulls a surprise with 28-core CPU at Computex

This week at Computex Intel announced the limited edition i7-8086K processor, as an homage to the original Intel 8086 which was originally released in 1978. The Intel 8086 microprocessor "formed the foundation for modern computing", according to an Intel news fact sheet.

The so-called consumer CPU, which will probably cost an arm and a leg, especially since the 18-core Core i9-7980XE goes for around United States $2000, looks a lot like the 28-core Xeon Platinum chip, although that one comes with a much lower base and boost frequency. Intel says it's achieved double-digit performance gains in an apparent rebuttal to Arm's claim that it alone has been able to achieve double-digit gains between generations. Raising the boost clock as high as 5GHz suggests one of two things: Either Intel is going to create a server chip with a very limited boost clock, like 5GHz on a single core, or it's going to pull an AMD-style FX-9590 and release a Core X or Xeon server part with a dramatically higher TDP. "The Intel Core i7-8086K processor is also the first Intel processor to deliver up to 5.0 GHz single-core turbo frequency out of the box, fully unlocked for overclocking". Set to debut before the end of the year, it tacks on an extra 10-cores more than Intel's Core i9-7980XE, which is itself a $2,000 CPU, so don't expect this new chip to be cheap. Many in the press mistakenly assumed the new processor runs at 5.0 GHz at stock settings, but we carefully analyzed video from the event and spotted a few obvious signs that the processor was overclocked. We don't know what fabrication process it will be using (since Intel is on the cusp of switching to a 10nm process), and naturally we don't know a price yet either. However, Intel's large monolithic die features a cohesive mesh interconnect, while AMD's Threadripper processors have a distributed MCM design that connects via the Infinity Fabric.

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