At Computex this year, Intel had a number of exciting announcements during their keynote speech, including a limited edition i7-8086K LGA1151 CPU, an M.2 SSD for the Optane 905p lineup, a 1W display panel for use in laptops and notebooks, and a number or content-creator-focused innovations involving integration of its higher-end chips in compact platforms. The real bomb, however, was the announcement of an as-of-yet unnamed 28 core CPU, described as the “28-Core Beast” by keynote presenter and Intel general manager Gregory Bryant.
Aside from the core count, details on the chip are sparse at the moment. We know that the CPU is capable of running at 5.0Ghz, due to an off-hand comment by one of the presenters during a Cinebench demonstration. We also know that this new chip could launch as early as Q4 this year.
Who is the 28-CPU for?
The 28-core chip is going to run in a LGA3647 socket, which is the standard used for server grade Xeon CPUs. This raises the question: Who is the demographic for this chip? This could quite easily be the next generation for the Xeon lineup, which would make sense, and is, of course, the path of least resistance. However, there’s also a chance the the “28-core beast” is Intel’s next salvo in an initiative to go toe-to-toe with the competition in the workstation computer market.
While typically this niche has been filled by Intel’s LGA2066-based Core-i9 CPUs, it could very well be that LGA3647 was the most efficient way to jump the core count up into the high 20s. It’s also worth noting the Intel partnered with ASUS and Gigabyte to prepare demonstration systems for the Keynote. Both of these manufacturers make motherboards for workstations and servers, so the intended use of this new chip seems entirely up in the air.
As an additional point for rampant speculation, it seems like no one can decide exactly what the clock speed of 5.0GHz means. The most likely explanation is that the number is the result of an overclocked chip. After all, both of the aforementioned ASUS and Gigabyte systems featured heavy-duty water cooling setups. We’ve even heard that one of the systems may have had a refrigeration apparatus to further cool the water contained in the loop. It would be certainly be very interesting if 5.0GHz was achieved by the chip’s built-in turbo speed, but this is admittedly unlikely in a CPU with this many cores.
At any rate, Intel’s new 28-Core Beast is poised to make waves in whatever market it’s targeting. Hopefully we’ll be able to go hands-on with a sample soon, and of course, we’ll keep you updated as we do.
You can watch a recording of Intel’s entire Keynote Speech below.