Intel to launch 28-core CPU before the year’s end – Demoed at 5GHz on all cores

Intel to launch 28-core CPU before the year's end - Demoed at 5GHz on all cores

Intel to launch 28-core CPU before the year’s end – Demoed at 5GHz on all cores

At their Computex Press Conference Intel made a surprise announcement,  revealing their plans to release a 28-core consumer CPU before the end of the year. 

The sheer number of processing threads on this unit isn’t the only thing that is impressive; Intel demoed their chip running at 5GHz on all cores, clock speeds that are not available on any consumer-grade Intel processor without overclocking. Given the all-core 5GHz nature of this test, it is unlikely that any consumer-grade version of this chip will offer an all core boost this high, it is more likely that Intel overclocked their engineering sample for the wow factor. 

In their demo, Intel’s 28-core offered a Cinebench R15 score of 7,334, a result that is higher than anything that we have ever tested, showcasing Intel’s desire to hold onto the CPU performance crown. 

  
Intel to launch 28-core CPU before the year's end - Demoed at 5GHz on all cores

 

What Intel didn’t announce was the name of the processor, what socket it would use and how much it will cost. Today, Intel’s only 28-core processor is available as a Xeon on Intel’s LGA 3647 socket, making it seem likely that Intel has plans to create a consumer version of LGA 3647 for mega-high-end PCs. 

Today, Intel’s top consumer CPU is their i9 7980XE, an 18-core CPU that offers a maximum boost clock of 4.2GHz, making the CPU used in Intel’s demo faster in terms of sheer core count and single-threaded performance. Even so, it is unlikely that Intel will release a CPU that runs this fast out of the box, though it does showcase what will likely be achieved on Intel’s upcoming 28-core while overclocking. 

Pricing-wise we expect this CPU to cost a lot more than Intel’s almost £1700 asking price for their 18-core i9 7980XE.

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