Chinese processors protect Russia from sanctions and the shortage of Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors.

 Sanctions against Russia are tough, even from a logical standpoint. As evidence, the sale of Dannie's new motherboard with KaiXian KX-6640MA demonstrates that the market is being forced to transition from Intel Core and AMD Ryzen to Chinese processors.

Photo: Zhaoxin

Intel and AMD are two of the four companies with the right to design and sell chipsets based on the x86 microarchitecture. As this duo has been responsible for the sale of a substantial portion of this type of CPU for years, Russia has been adversely affected by the withdrawal of their products, as it is impossible to find replacements to Intel Core or Ryzen given the current state of technological innovation.

However, alternatives exist from a side that is not as actively committed in sanctioning Russia. We are discussing China and companies such as Zhaoxin, which designs and distributes a line of KaiXian CPUs for usage primarily in China. The KX 6000 series, which was launched in 2019, is the most recent CPU family in this category.

CPU Benchmark evaluated a four-core, four-thread version of the chip running at 3GHz with a 70W TDP, and it scored 1,566 points for multithreaded operations on CPU . Core i3-12100F scores 14,427, while Ryzen 5 5500 scores 19,885. Similar performance gaps exist for single-threaded operations: 722 points versus 3,525 for the Core i3 and 3,084 for the Ryzen 5.

The specifications show that these processors are much inferior to AMD and Intel's current offerings. Although it does not appear that Russia will be fully cut off from computer hardware at this time, the sanctions will undoubtedly impact not only players but also technology companies owing to the lack of access to Xeons and EPYC processors.

If you believe the performance disparity is significant, the issue is actually far worse. The Dannie processor is designed for both desktop computers and laptops, hence its TDP is limited to 25W and it will operate between 2.1 and 2.7GHz. Dannie chose a processor with eight cores, which offers it at least one advantage above the processor with four cores that was graded higher.


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