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Computex 2018: Intel Teases Audience With An Unnamed 28-Cores CPU

Intel 28-core CPU

Unfortunately, Intel was not keen to talk about the name or any other details of the CPU but it was clear during the announcement that it won't be running on any now available motherboard and will probably use some larger socket similar to the LGA 3647 socket, also known as Socket P and used for Intel's Xeon Skylake-EX and Skylake-SP CPUs with 6-channel memory controller and more.

Shown off for the first time this week alongside Intel's debut of its Anniversary Edition 8086 CPU, the new chip was pitched against an overclocked 7980XE in Cinebench testing to show off its capabilities and managed to pull off a score of 7,334 while running at 4GHz.

The processor will be available for purchase on June 8, but Intel is also giving away 8,806 of them as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the x86 architecture.

The 28-core Core i9 is meant to wrest the initiative in high-end workstation CPUs from AMD, following the success of its Threadripper line-up. As a comparison, the 18-core/36-thread Core i9-7980XE scored around 5000 points. It plans to sell the CPU before the end of the year. We know that AMD is releasing a new Threadripper 2 model here at Computex, purportedly with 32 cores, and Intel's announcement that it will ship a 28-core model this year is clearly created to steal some of AMD's thunder before its announcement. The i7-8086K also features Intel's first 6-core, 12-thread processor with integrated graphics. The firm said that new "Amber Lake" Y-series processors are coming later on this year, along with Whiskey Lake U-series chips. Naturally, the chip is unlocked for overclocking, as indicated by the -K suffix. The full technical specifications can be found on Intel's website.

However, anyone who would like to win one rather than pay for it can enter Intel's birthday sweepstakes.

The 8086 "sweepstakes" will be open to residents of the US, China, Germany, Canada, France, the UK, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

But new, one watt LCD panels manufactured by Sharp and Innolux, combined with Intel's tech, should provide an additional "four to eight hours" of local video playback and enable some devices to have up to 28 hours of battery life.