Huawei-Powered Desktop PC Tested, Eight-Core 7nm Kunpeng 920 Processor

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Huawei, thru its HiSilicon subsidiary, has a line of promising 7nm ARM v8-based Kunpeng processors that extend as much as 64 cores for the information heart and enhance main tech, like PCIe 4.0. Now no less than one fashion of the chip is getting used for desktop methods, too. Chinese YouTube channel 二斤自制 bought and examined a Huawei-powered desktop PC that includes each the corporate’s eight-core eight-thread 7nm Kunpeng 920 ARM v8 processor and the Huawei D920S10 desktop motherboard in a third-party device, giving us the primary glimpse of the brand new merchandise enabled by means of Huawei’s contemporary front into the marketplace as a provider to OEMs that produce desktop PCs

The building may assist additional China’s centered way to scale back its reliance on western semiconductor generation. Still, in some ways, the device highlights the difficulties the rustic has encountered, in particular on the subject of instrument enhance. In truth, that is the number one center of attention of the video. The video does not give us a lot in the best way of broadly-comparable benchmarks (although there are a couple of tidbits), however we do be told some specifications that we will duvet underneath.

The narrator spends a lot of the video overlaying the issues she encountered with working significant instrument packages. Due to Kunpeng’s ARM structure, the device is proscribed to working the China-produced 64-bit UOS running device this is in large part a changed taste of Linux. The narrator commented that the united statesoperating device runs clean and has an intuitive interface, and it even helps a 4K answer at 60Hz by the use of a Yeston RX550 graphics card. Still, she needed to pay an additional 800 Yuan (~$115) to achieve get admission to to the app retailer. Moreover, the shop had a woeful number of packages, missing such staples as Adobr and different apps. That’s exacerbated the device’s loss of enhance for 32-bit instrument.

The device did run a Blender BMW take a look at render, nevertheless it finished in 11 mins and 47 seconds, which is woefully slower than most current chips. The device did smartly streaming 4K video, however ‘choked’ all over native playback because of deficient encoding efficiency. The narrator says the device is clearly highest for mild place of job paintings handiest. 

The channel bought the device for 7,500 Yuan (more or less $1,060 USD), and it comes with an eight-core eight-thread 2.6 GHz Kunpeng 920 2249Ok processor soldered to the motherboard. We can not to find specifications for this processor on-line, however the video lists it with 128Ok of L1 reminiscence (64Ok I$, 64Ok D$), 512Ok of L2, and 32MB of L3. 

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The Huawei D920S10 motherboard has four DIMM slots, however the device handiest has 16GB of Kingston DDR4-2666 reminiscence unfold throughout two DIMMs. Despite the chip’s seeming enhance for PCIe 4.0, there are handiest three PCIe 3.0 slots to be had (x16. x4, x1), and the motherboard’s connectivity choices also are beautiful mundane (6 SATA III ports, two M.2 slots, two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and a VGA connection). The board additionally has a Gigabit ethernet port, or you might have the choice to make use of an optical connection of an unspecified pace. 

A 256GB SATA exhausting power, 200W energy provide, and a Yeston RX550 graphics card spherical out the opposite lodging. The device additionally comes with an optical power.

The difficulties the channel encountered with instrument availability, and function, highlights that even the most efficient chips on this planet are not very efficient with out a tough instrument and developer ecosystem. That’s but every other side of the problem that China faces because it appears to be like to scale back the volume of silicon it procures from exterior distributors, and the Huawei-powered methods might be designed to assist foster a developer ecosystem for the ARM structure and the united statesoperating device. 

According to IC Insights, China-native distributors handiest produce 6.1% of the rustic’s general silicon intake, and a contemporary document signifies the rustic will fall a long way in need of its 2025 targets for 70% semiconductor self-sufficiency, as a substitute handiest hitting one-third of its unique goal. The nation has invested closely in a couple of local semiconductor manufacturers and their initiatives, with its multi-pronged efforts together with chips just like the x86 Zhaoxin KaiXian processor we not too long ago examined. The EPYC-based Hygon Dryhana x86 processors have been additionally evolved underneath a three way partnership with AMD that was once later scuttled by means of the USA executive, and we have now additionally noticed indicators that Huawei is trying out a desktop PC design with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 collection processors. The latter presentations that Huawei may also be pursuing an x86 course into the desktop PC marketplace, albeit with non-native processors.