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Intel Demonstrated 28 Core CPU at 5 GHz at Computex 2018 with Extreme Setup

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Besides announcing the Core i7 8086K, Intel showed off a system with a 28 core CPU running at 5 GHz at its Computex 2018 press conference. At that configuration, it hit a score of 7334 in Cinebench R15, which is as impressive as a 28 core/56 thread processor running at 5 GHz, but Tom's Hardware found the test system and put its numbers into context.

Actually some of what Tom's Hardware discovered some already guessed at when closely examining video from the conference. Those with sharp eyes spotted the system had insulated tubing coming out of the case, indicating an external closed-loop cooler was being used, and it was not a normal liquid cooler. Also there were six sticks of RAM on both sides of the processor, which is the configuration you can find with the enterprise-class LGA3647 socket. Tom's Hardware confirmed it is a LGA3647 socket after it found the test system and took a look at its motherboard. The motherboard also had four 8-pin EPS connectors on it, enough to supply the 1000 W needed for the CPU to run at its overclocked 5 GHz speed. This was not the only 1000+ W item used in the demonstration either as Intel was using the one-horsepower Hailea HC-1000B water chiller that takes over one thousands watts to run. Because of a lack of available power for both the chiller and system, the demo could not be repeated for Tom's Hardware to witness.

The speculation is the CPU Intel used is a version of the Xeon Platinum 8180 that has an unlocked multiplier, allowing the $10,000 MSRP processor to be pushed to the 5 GHz achieved. While that speed might not be something many others will achieve, Intel also stated the CPU will be available in Q4 2018. At that time it will be competing with AMD's second generation Threadripper processors, with a 32 core/64 thread part at the top. It will be very interesting to see what the final specifications, costs, and platform costs will be for these chips pushing the concept of 'high core count' to an extreme for consumers.

Source: Tom's Hardware [1] and [2]



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