Intel has started teasing a 28-core processor for PCs at Computex this week. The chipmaker briefly demonstrated the processor onstage today, promising that it will be available later this year. Intel isn’t revealing the mystery processor’s process technology or architecture, but a spokesperson did reveal it’s a single-socket processor with 28 cores running at 5GHz. Intel demonstrated a Cinebench score of 7,334, an impressive result for a single processor PC.
Intel is promising to turn this processor into a real product, and if it manages to do so for workstations or even consumer PCs, it will put it way ahead of AMD in the multicore battle. AMD’s Threadripper chips include 16 cores and 32 threads, and Intel also has its own Core i9 Extreme with 18 cores. Intel’s 18-core chip is priced at $1,999, so it’s reasonable to assume a 28-core processor is going to be priced way beyond $2,000.