Instead of AMD and Intel processors, Russia will use a Chinese replacement


After the start of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, AMD and Intel manufacturers stopped selling processors in the country. However, Russia has found a replacement for the x86 chip to work with existing software.

Dannie has recently released in Russia a new MBX-Z60A micro-ATX form factor motherboard capable of working with the KaiXian KX-6640MA processor from Zhaoxin. According to the manufacturer, the 8-core KaiXian chip is designed according to a 16-nm process technology with a frequency of 2.7 GHz and controllers of 16 PCI Express 3.0, USB and SATA lines. However, the test results showed that the processor has 4 cores.

A 4-core 4-ex-threaded version of the chip with a frequency of 3 GHz, and a TDP of 70 Watts scored 1566 points on the CPU Mark
for multithreaded operations. For comparison, the Core i3-12100F scored 14,401 points, and the Ryzen 5 5500 scored 19,886 points. There is also a big performance gap for single—threaded operations – 722 KaiXian points compared to 3525 for Core i3 and 3084 for Ryzen 5.

One of the advantages of Zhaoxin processors compared to others is the x86 architecture. Therefore, the chips are compatible with tens of thousands of applications and with many operating systems, including Windows. KaiXian is slower than AMD and Intel processors, but due to good compatibility it is a good alternative. Moreover, there has recently been a surge in sales of Zhaoxin processors by international brands amid a shortage of inexpensive chips from AMD and Intel.

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