Alongside the launch of Intel’s first 5 GHz processor, the 6-core Core i7-8086K, Intel today also showcased a 28-core single socket machine also running at 5 GHz. The system on display scored 7334 in Cinebench R15, and Gregory Bryant (SVP and GM of Intel Client Computing Group) explicitly stated that it would be coming in Q4 this year.
No other details were provided, however for it to exist in a current platform, this new processor would likely be in LGA2066 (X299) or LGA3647 (the server socket). Intel technically already makes 28-core monolithic designs in the Intel Xeon Scalable Platform with the Xeon Platinum 8180, which is a $10k processor, which runs a lot slower than 5.0 GHz.
This sounds like an absolutely insane processor few of us will ever get to enjoy.
The idea of 28 complex/big cores running at 5 GHz and staying within a viable thermal envelope doesn’t sound plausible to me at all (taking into account that linear increases in frequency tend to cause exponential increases in power consumption, and that Intel isn’t having much fun with their 10 nm manufacturing process).
For this reason, I strongly suspect there’s a catch. Specifically, I suspect it’s 28 simpler cores (e.g. without most of the fancy “out-of-order, speculative” shenanigans, and with worse “instructions per cycle” and worse single-thread performance).
In other words, I wouldn’t be too surprised if it’s more like Xeon Phi than Core i7.