While focusing on the upcoming 3rd Gen Ryzen processor from AMD, we came across something interesting from a company called Zhaoxin Semiconductor Co., Ltd. The KaiXian KX-6000 x86 series demonstrated during China's international high-tech Expo 2019 is what attracted our attention, as it is claimed to be on the same level as Intel's Core i5 7400, although it has a lower clock speed of the processor at 3.0GHz.
Although it's a little limited in terms of specs, that's what we've been able to get up to now. Formerly known as the ZX-E series, the KX-6000 was first demonstrated in September 2018. The chip was built on the 16nm TSMC process with an integrated graphics processor compatible with DirectX 11.1 (SIA S3 ) 3.0GHz Supports DDR4-3200, PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen 1.
Although it does not quite match the latest generation of processors from Intel and AMD, Zhaoxin is a rising star that is definitely worth keeping an eye on. In addition to the KX-6000 series, which is scheduled for Q3 2019, the company is already working on a new KX-7000, which should meet the performance of AMD's Zen 2. The KX-7000 will be built on the 7nm process node with a brand new CPU architecture, supporting DDR5 memory and PCIe 4.0.
It is not yet known whether we will ever see the Zhaoxin-powered gaming system in the near future, but we will certainly expect to see what the company can do – especially with the KX-7000, which supports DDR5 memory and PCIe 4.0.