Zhaoxin’s KX-6780A CPU is available to Chinese DIYers

Finally, AMD and Intel have some competition. Well, probably not, but this is still worth a look: chipmaker Zhaoxin has rolled out its first consumer-directed CPU according to Anandtech. Zhaoxin is a joint venture between Via Technologies and the Chinese government and has been selling systems to the Chinese government for some time. The Zhaoxin KX-6780A marks the company’s first move into the consumer market.

The Zhaoxin KaiXian KX-6780A is only available in China at the moment and is only available as an embedded processor soldered to its mini-ITX motherboard. The KX-6780A is an 8-core, 64-bit, x86 CPU. It has 8 MB of L2 cache, a dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory controller, and features modern I/O interfaces like PCIe, as well as DirectX 11.1-capable graphics.

Zhaoxin says the chip compares to a 7th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, but that’s also coming straight from the company; take it with a grain of salt. Even if it’s true, it’s going to be true only conditionally. Intel’s 7th-gen Core i5 chips were quad-core, non-Hyper Threaded CPUs, and any comparison between chips is not going to be exactly 1:1 until the chip is in the hand of independent testers.

The CPU is made using TSMC’s 16-nm process and supports modern CPU instructions sets. It can run both Windows and Linux.

It has ports, too


Photo Credit: Anandtech

The board itself has a pretty standard-looking, though unimpressive feature set. You can pump integrated graphics out through HDMI or VGA ports and supports 4K video playback. On the board itself, you’ll find a 24-pin power supply connector and a PCIe slot that provides compatibility with discrete graphics cards. There’s also room for two SO-DIMMs and two M.2 slots. On the back of the board are HDMI and VGA outputs, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and two RJ-45 Ethernet ports. The board accepts power through a DC power port.

The board and its embedded KX-6780A chip are on sale on Taobao for the equivalent of about $620, and a mini-PC is allegedly coming along in March.

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pogsnet
pogsnet
1 year ago

It shows 8 cores 8 threads. Running on 2.7Ghz TDP is 70W, 64bit processor

just brew it!
just brew it!
1 year ago

From what limited information I’ve been able to dig up, this is apparently based on a VIA design. And it seems that the status of VIA’s x86 license is currently up in the air, so I doubt we’ll ever see any of these for sale outside of China.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward
1 year ago
Reply to  just brew it!

I like competition, but also I’m totally fine with not having a CPU which is made in close cooperation with the Chinese government. It wouldn’t be my first choice.

chuckula
chuckula
1 year ago

Suck it AMD!

We’re canceling Tiger Lake over this thing and NOT Zen [insert number here]!

Krogoth
Krogoth
1 year ago

In before Coronavirus and glue related jokes…..

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward
1 year ago

One thing is certain, China isn’t going to just sit there and buy western tech forever.

Sweatshopking
Sweatshopking
1 year ago

This is still x64 based, so licensing is ongoing at this point.

ClickClick5
ClickClick5
1 year ago
Reply to  Sweatshopking

Yep. And Intel keeps smiling.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward
1 year ago
Reply to  Sweatshopking

Yeah they might cooperate on licensing if it suits them.

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