It was never more exciting than the race to 1GHz. Well, Intel is throwing down the gauntlet later this year with a monstrous 28-core processor that will ship to customers by the end of the year.
To mark the 40-year anniversary of the Intel 8086 that powered the first IBM PC, Intel has announced the Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor, its first CPU that can hit 5GHz in turbo mode.
Intel's other major Computex 2018 demo was a 5GHz 28-core unannounced CPU shown tearing through Cinebench in what PCWorld describes as "a few seconds".More news: Vermont will pay you $10,000 to move there and work remotely
Video: Intel launches most powerful laptop chip eyeing content creation, VR, and gaming. Intel hasn't said how numerous Core i7-8086K chips it has manufactured but notes that supplies are limited. 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. As a comparison, the 18-core/36-thread Core i9-7980XE scored around 5000 points. When we reviewed the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, a 16-core/32-thread CPU clocked at 3.4GHz to 3.7GHz, it scored 3,033 in Cinebench R15.
Obviously none of those parts are going to cost as much as Intel's 28-core/56-thread CPU.
Intel only teased the chip-no details on the name, architecture or process-but we can expect it to be considerably more expensive than the $1999 Core i9-7980XE.More news: Advocates target separation of immigrant families at border
Everything else is a mystery as well, including what platform this new chip will slip into, and what kind of cooling is required (hopefully just air).
Intel is shipping a 28-core single socket processor in Q4 this year. Yes.More news: Prosecutor dropping computer tampering case against Greitens