While Intel's mainstream desktop CPUs have been stuck at four cores since the introduction of the Core 2 Quad in 2007, the core count in the silicon giant's Xeon server line of CPUs has continually increased. A Skylake-based Intel Xeon E5-2699v5 chip posted for sale at Chinese e-commerce site Taobao suggests the next round of Intel server CPUs will pack as many as 32 cores and 64 hardware threads into one socket. For comparison, the current top-of-the-line Xeon E5-2699v4 has 22 cores and 44 hardware threads.
The actual listing provides scant information about the CPU in question, but TechPowerUp reports that the chip uses Intel's new LGA 3647 socket. Owners of servers with LGA 2011v3 sockets can forget about a drop-in replacement. TPU also says the chip in question is an engineering sample with a base clock of 2.1GHz. The Intel Xeon E5-2699v5 chip has a listed price of 26,500¥, which converts to about $3,850.