Zhaoxin, a China-based x86-licensed CPU developer, has yet to officially unveil its next-generation KaiSheng KH-40000 CPUs with up to 16 cores for data centers. However, it has already started submitting benchmark results to the Geekbench 5 database. The new processors show noticeable performance improvements related to the microarchitecture compared to their predecessors, but they can barely catch up with modern processors from AMD and Intel.

Mysterious processors

Zhaoxin, co-owned by Via Technologies and the Shanghai Municipal Government, has been gradually using microarchitectures designed by Via (or rather Centaur) since the mid-2010s, and its upcoming KaiSheng KH-40000 series processors for data centers are based of CentaurHauls microarchitecture that some claim resembles Intel’s 2013 Haswell microarchitecture.


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