China is actively developing its ownprocessors for computers, laptops and servers. Currently, this market is completely monopolized by Intel, AMD and VIA. The Chinese authorities, not wanting to remain dependent on American companies with their licensing requirements, launched a program to create their own processors. The "Made in China 2025" program has set a goal of raising the level of processors of domestic production used in China to 70% by 2025.
Chinese company Zhaoxin Semiconductor,introduced the new 8-core KaiXian KX-U6780A processor, based on the LuJiaZui microarchitecture and created using the 16-nm FinFET process technology from TSMC. According to the developers, the new chip is an alternative to the Intel Core i5. Enthusiasts from the Tom’s Hardware portal tried to test technical capabilities and compare with existing Intel and AMD products.
Chinese-presented KaiXian processorKX-U6780A is positioned as a chip for home and gaming computers. The chip received 8 MB of L2 cache and supports AVX instruction sets (256-bit width) and SSE 4.2, as well as the VMX virtualization function (compatible with Intel VT-X). The CPU clock speed is 2.7 GHz.
During the test, the motherZhaoxin HX002EH1 motherboard, the amount of RAM was 16 GB (2 DDR4-2666 modules of 8 GB each), an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics processor and an Intel DC4510 SSD drive of 2 TB. For the processors with which the Chinese product was compared, similar components were used.
Data was first receivedsynthetic benchmarks. In this case, it was revealed that in 3DMark Fire Strike, the “Chinese” surpassed the Intel Core i3-7100, but lagged behind the Core i5-7400. However, when tested in PCMark 10 and 3DMark TimeSpy, the Zhaoxin chip missed the Pentium G4560.
Testing when working with gaming applicationsshowed that the Chinese company’s processor is at the level of Athlon 200 GE and Pentium G4560. Windows 10 was used as the operating system during testing, and the performance could depend heavily on processor drivers.
KaiXian processors marketedThe KX-U6780A will come with the motherboard for $ 610. The Chinese also advertise mini PCs running on new chips that will appear on the market this year. It should be noted that the Zhaoxin KX-6000 series processor is intermediate in front of the new generation chips manufactured using the 7 nm process technology and using DDR5 and PCIe 4 memory.