Intel Is Going to Release A 28-Core HEDT Processor by The End of 2018

Intel 28-Core HEDT CPU

Update: The 28-core CPU is indeed manually overclocked and is cooled by a massive refrigerated liquid cooling loop, that can keep the temperatures under ambient.

Intel announced a series of Core i5, i7 and i9 Extreme Edition processors at last year Computex 2017. The most powerful and expensive CPU is the i9-7980XE, with 18 cores and 36 threads at 2.6 GHz. Now, Intel teased their upcoming new generation high performance processor with up to 28 cores and 56 threads.

Normally, higher core count means slower CPU core frequency, but the new 28-core CPU can run at up to 5 GHz on all cores. For reference, the 18-core i9-7980XE has a maximum turbo boost clock of only 4.2 GHz on one core and around 3.4 GHz on all cores. During Intel’s Computex Keynote, a CINEBENCH R15 benchmark was shown on a prototype machine. It got a score of 7334, which is incredibly high for a single-socket system. The existing 28-core Xeon Platinum 8180 can score about 5000 points in CINEBENCH. However, we do not know if the new CPU is manually overclocked to 5 GHz or by default.

The new processor has to be huge to house all those 28 cores. It will be using the LGA 3647 socket, which is previously designed for servers. We would be seeing new high-end consumer motherboards coming out later this year.

Currently, the 18-core Core i9-7980XE costs about $1800 USD (MSRP) and 28-core Xeon Platinum 8180 over $10,000 USD (MSRP). The new HEDT processor will not be affordable by any means possible, especially a new LGA 3647 motherboard is also required.

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