When Zhaoxin announced plans to launch a line of x86 processors earlier this year, it seemed pretty clear that the company had a long way to go before it could catch up with Intel and AMD.

But nine months later, the company has introduced a new chip that it says it 50 percent faster than its previous-generation processor. And on paper, the new KX-6000 sure looks a lot more like a modern computer processor than the KX-5000.

Zhaoxin is co-owned by the Shanghai municipal government and VIA Technologies (which used to be a bit player in the x86 space).

The company’s new KX-6000 processor is an octa-core processor with a top clock speed of 3 GHz, 8MB of cache, and support for dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory. It’s manufactured using a 16nm process.

The older KX-5000 processor, meanwhile, was a 28nm, 2 GHz processor with four to eight CPU cores.

Zhaoxin says the new chip is designed for desktops, laptops, or servers and that it should offer performance that’s on par with a 7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, although I haven’t seen any independent confirmation of that claim yet.

While it’s unlikely that we’ll see these chips show up in products sold outside of the Chinese market anytime soon, it looks like Chinese efforts to develop some home-grown alternatives to Intel and AMD processors are starting to bear some fruit.

via PC Watch and AnandTech

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12 replies on “Zhaoxin’s latest x86 chip is a 3 GHz, octa-core processor”

  1. In today’s date octa-core processor is great for all, so for that, you just go and visit some different tricks, which is great for all, so you will just go and visit some review and by this, you will be very helpful. For further mac uae will help you to know more.

  2. I want a laptop with one of these and a 13.3 inch screen for under $500.

    1. VIA had some good things going for it with the UMPC wave, but Atom came, tried and failed with tablets. So that market is a dead end and the mainstream market is all but saturated. What does that leave them? A few paltry kiosk systems and a few development boards that a handful of VIA fanboys will purchase. I really think competition is good, but there is no way they are making a comeback when they never really were there to begin with.

    1. Depending on how much they charge for this, they could gain a market share. Not a significant one, though.

    1. Considering they don’t sell it outside of China, I don’t see how?

      1. AMD and Intel both sell their’s CPU on Chinese market. Now, part of this market would be occupied by the newcomer. So their sell numbers will drop a little bit.
        And don’t forget – Chinese market the biggest in quantities.

  3. I’ve been wondering for awhile what happened to VIA in the x86 space. Never knew until now this is what became of their x86 license.

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