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Huawei readies a 24-core desktop PC for release; ARM-based processor can reportedly outperform the Intel Core i9-9900K in multi-core tasks

The Kunpeng 920 can be scaled up to 64 cores. (Image source: Huawei)
The Kunpeng 920 can be scaled up to 64 cores. (Image source: Huawei)
A new report claims that Huawei's in-house processor can compete with the Intel Core i9-9900K. Called the Kunpeng 920 3211K, the processor will be available in China in a pre-built desktop PC.
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Huawei is readying itself to launch a new desktop PC in China, according to ITHome. The machine is powered by Huawei's Kunpeng 920 chipset, but not the 8 core and 8 thread variant on which we reported last month. Instead, Huawei has equipped it with a 24 core processor that it has called the Kunpeng 920 3211K.

Huawei has built the Kunpeng 920 on the ARM Neoverse N1 microarchitecture, which can be scaled up to 64 cores. The Kunpeng 920 can  also reach between 2.4 and 3.0 GHz, apparently. The Kunpeng 920 3211K has a max boost clock of 2.6 GHz, albeit it is unclear whether that frequency applies to its single or all-core boost clock.

ITHome claims that the Kunpeng 920 3211K has better multi-core performance than the Intel Core i9-9900K, although it has not provided any evidence to back up that assertion. However, the Core i9-9900K only has 8 cores and access to 16 threads, so it would not be that unsurprising for it to be outperformed by a 24-core chip.

The Kunpeng 920 3211K will not be available to purchase outside of China, nor will the Pangu desktop PC in which it is housed. It also remains to be seen where Huawei is fabricated its Kunpeng processors considering that TSMC has ended its relationship with the company. Huawei has confirmed that it will be ending production of its Kirin chips because of ongoing US trade sanctions, so we would not rule out it shuttering production of its Kunpeng processors too.

The Pangu desktop PC that Huawei will sell in China. (Image source: ITHome)
The Pangu desktop PC that Huawei will sell in China. (Image source: ITHome)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-08-12 (Update: 2020-08-12)