Intel has revealed that it is working on a 28-core Core i9 CPU intended to take-on AMD's Threadripper line of high-end workstation microprocessors.
The plan was revealed by Gregory Bryant, general manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel, at the company's keynote at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. AMD's current top-of-the-range Threadripper is the 1950X offering 16 cores and 32 threads for around £800.
It's not yet known how much Intel is planning to charge for its 28-core Core i9 CPU, but its current line-up of Core i9s are around twice the price of AMD's Threadripper, and it is unlikely to be pitched at a bargain-bucket price.
As an indication of how much you'll need to save up: The company's current top-of-the-line 18-core Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition is priced at £1,649.99 and it's therefore unlikely to cost less than that.
A firmer proposition, though, was the announcement of the well-trailed anniversary Core i7-8086K part, designed and named to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Intel 8086 CPU, which was released this week in 1978. A slightly redesigned (and, hence, cheaper) 8088 part was used by IBM in the first PC, while the 8086 went into later PCs as prices fell.
The 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-8086K has been built on Intel's 14nm process and offers a base frequency of 4GHz and a ‘turbo' frequency of 5GHz. The part has a TDP (thermal design power) of 95 watts. The full technical specifications can be found on Intel's website.
The ‘K' suffix indicates that it should be overclockable, which means it will be shipped without a stock cooler, and Intel hasn't released price details yet.
Best of all, perhaps: anyone who would like to win one rather than pay for it can enter Intel's birthday sweepstakes, in which it will be giving away 8,086 parts - but only if you live in the US, Canada (but not Quebec), France, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and China (but not Hong Kong). Oh yes, and the UK.
The competition will be opening on Thursday and will only run for 24 hours.
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