Earlier this year we received the first news that Via was preparing to compete face to face supposedly with Intel and AMD by launching a new family of processors compatible with low-cost x86 . He did not intend to do it under his own name (which Cyrix fans will regret) but with the Zhaoxin banner , a joint venture established with the Chinese government for the development of chips. This processor, known as the KaiXian KX-6000, now has an official photograph and several basic details of interest.
Successor of the much more modest KX-5000, a processor also compatible with x86 and whose scope is limited to China, the new KaiXian KX-6000 suggests a potentially interesting data sheet. Its microarchitecture is called LuJiaZui. It is a more refined version of the WuDaoKou used by its predecessor, and it will be commercially produced using a Finnit 16 nm production process, when the KX-5000 was manufactured at a certainly full 28 nm.
According to the Japanese publication PC Watch, the technical specifications of the KaiXian KX-6000 include support for SSE 4.2 and AVX, as well as encryption and virtualization technologies. The price-power ratio will apparently be its biggest attraction, providing a total of eight cores at 3 GHz and making use of 8 MB of L2 cache. As an interesting detail (and we were unaware at the time) there will also be an integrated GPU or iGPU compatible with DirectX 11.1, which increases its appeal.
It will be interesting to see comparisons with low-price processors such as the newly updated Athlon , which now incorporates Zen cores and Vega graphics.
Speaking precisely of comparisons, Zhaoxin does not hurt garments to say that the performance of the KaiXian KX-6000 not only exceed 50% of the virtually unknown KX-5000, but will be equated with a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 . We are not talking about a hardware pointer, but a chip with enough power for most users, especially considering that the CPU stopped being an important bottleneck for Windows and even many of the current games.
Zhaoxin has not yet facilitated the launch date of the KaiXian KX-6000, which AnandTech temporarily places at some point in 2019. It is also not clear if we will see this processor in the West, but its mere existence is intriguing in itself.