While the attention is on the upcoming 3rd Gen Ryzen CPU from AMD, we came across something interesting from a company named Zhaoxin Semiconductor Co., Ltd. The KaiXian KX-6000 series x86 processors showcased during the China Beijing International High-tech Expo 2019 is what caught our attention, as it is claimed to be able to perform on par with the 7th Gen Intel’s Core i5 7400 despite having a lower CPU clock speed on 3.0GHz.

Zhaoxin unveils KX-6000 CPU that matches Intel's i5-7400 1

Although it’s a bit limited in terms of the specifications, here’s what we managed to gather so far. Formerly known as the ZX-E series, the KX-6000 was first demonstrated back in September 2018. The chip was reported to be built on a 16nm TSMC process, featuring a DirectX 11.1 compatible integrated GPU (VIA’s S3 graphics), having up to 8 cores that go up to 3.0GHz, support DDR4-3200, PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen 1.

Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor KaiXian KX-6000 KX-7000 series x86 processors

Despite not really going on par with the latest generation CPU from Intel and AMD, Zhaoxin is a rising star that is definitely worth to keep an eye on. Other than the KX-6000 series which is planned for Q3 2019, the company is already working on a new KX-7000 that is supposed to match the performance of AMD’s Zen 2. The KX-7000 will be built on the 7nm process node with a brand new CPU architecture, featuring support for DDR5 memory and PCIe 4.0.

It’s still unknown if we will ever see a Zhaoxin CPU powered gaming system in the near future, but we’re definitely looking forward to seeing what the company is capable of – especially with the KX-7000 that supports DDR5 memory and PCIe 4.0.


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