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So Intel swiftly came in this morning and removed the 28 core CPUs from both ASUS and GIGABYTE’s systems. It sounded like they gave the companies 20 minutes to hand over the parts
— Ian Cutress (@IanCutress) June 6, 2018
There were two demo systems running the 28-core CPU at Computex, one from Asus and another from Gigabyte. Both consisted of a socket LGA3647 motherboard, the same 3,647-pin enterprise socket for Xeon chips. Apparently Intel made quick work of plucking its CPUs from those systems after the demo, and as the rigs were being hauled away from the show floor, it was observed that Intel was using an industrial water chiller to keep things cool. It’s been identified as a Hailea HC-1000B, a water chiller that can move up to 4,000 liters per hour and uses R124 refrigerant to keep the water at a chilly 4 degrees Celsius.
- Intel is going to use existing 28-core Skylake-X dies, tweak the power profile and boost clocks, and either bundle or require exotic cooling and power supplies.
- Intel has a new stepping of an existing 28-core design, perhaps using a tweaked manufacturing process, that it’s going to package up for the consumer market with an aggressive power profile to ensure it can boost to 5GHz. Or…
- Intel has a new chip, perhaps Cascade Lake-X that it’s confident will do what they showed on stage, so they made a public proclamation of a 28-core / 5GHz chip.
This is the Threadripper 2’s cooler, keep in mind that it can still be air-cooled which is impressive on its own. I’d probably recommend water cooling it though. Like with the full cover TR4 block and 360mm radiator. iPhone X for reference and @cavemanjim too. pic.twitter.com/jYCTSOEnec
— Anshel Sag (@anshelsag) June 6, 2018
It’s going to be an exciting year with Intel and AMD battling in the high-end desktop (HEDT) arena. Things are already heating up—following Intel’s 28-core demo, AMD announced a 32-core/64-thread second generation Ryzen Threadripper processor, and in the process practically ensured that it will continue to wear the multi-core crown in the consumer sector. Not to mention, AMD’s demo was on an existing consumer chip that will ship in its current form, or very close to it, in Q3 this year, along with the fact that cooling for it can be accomplished on air. That’s a stark contrast right there.