Think eight-core processors are powerful? Ha! In late April, Intel dropped the Xeon E5-2600 V4, a monster of a chip with a whopping 22 Broadwell-based CPU cores. Whoa.
When you take Hyper-Threading into account with those 22 cores, it amounts to no fewer than 44 threads in a single-socket computer. On a dual-socket machine, you’re looking at 88 threads in a workstation. Again: Whoa.
The price? A cool $4,115. (Whoa.) That’s not surprising, as Xeons are typically found in business workstations, and businesses tend to pay a premium for powerful parts. But don’t be fooled: Xeons also sneak into high-end consumer builds, like the Falcon Northwest Tiki we reviewed last year. At $4,000, this one would only pop up in incredibly high-end prosumer PCs.