huawei released their desktop processor that uses the ARM architecture, and the processor is reportedly faster than the Intel Core i9-9900K in some scenarios.

The processor is known internally as Pangu, and has 24 Kunpeng 920 3211K cores, measuring 60mm x 75mm and already soldered to the motherboard, which supports 64GB DDR4 RAM at 3200MHz. There is a PCIe 3.0 slot for expansion cards, which is divided into one x16 slot, one x4 slot, and one x1 slot. Meanwhile, for storage, there are two M.2 slots and six SATA 3.0 ports.

This processor is part of the Kunpeng 920 CPU family which was released in January 2019. This processor was originally designed to be used on servers, but has now been adapted for use on desktop platforms. The base is the TaiShan v110 microarchitecture which has 64 ARM v8.2 cores with a speed of 2.6GHz but can be increased up to 3 GHz, and Huawei produces the processor with 7nm manufacturing.

There is someone who claims to have tried the most basic variant of this processor. Namely an eight-core Kunpeng 920 2249K processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB DTST SSD, and a Yeston RX550 graphics card. The operating system used is the Unified Operating System, which is a Linux distribution based on Deepin and developed by Tongxin Software as a replacement for Windows in China.

Benchmark results obtained from the processor show that Pangu gets a higher multi-core score than the Intel Core i9-9900K, although it doesn’t say how the single-core test results are. Uniquely, the system is run with a 200 Watt power supply, in contrast to the system with the Core i9-9900K which consumes more power.

The Kunpeng 920 2249K can complete the BMW Blender benchmark in 11 minutes 47 seconds, faster than the Core i9-9900K which takes 16 minutes 45 seconds. Unfortunately, the UOS used is very limited in terms of software compatibility, and does not have the emulation to run the popular x86 applications. In general, the Kunpeng 920 is much better than the x86 processor made by Zhaoxin, whose performance is far below the processor made by Intel.

It seems that Huawei is preparing the Kunpeng 920 to deal with the Chinese government’s plan to replace all hardware and software on PCs used in public institutions in 2022.

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