Even as the process nodes continue to decrease year after year, it seems like clock speeds only keep going up. When Intel launched Devil’s Canyon and Skylake, those chips basically had the highest stock frequencies ever shipped by them. An upcoming CPU though may soon top all previous record holders with the highest stock frequency ever. At 5.1Ghz, the reported Xeon E5-2602 V4 will surpass all Intel chips and even AMD’s 9590 which is limited to 5Ghz.
Based off 14nm Broadwell-EP, the 2602 V4 is a surprise given Broadwell hasn’t clocked that well. On the other hand, the 14nm process has been pretty good to overclockers. Being a Xeon, you can sure that the 5.1Ghz speed will be guaranteed and be able to run 24/7. Given the high clock speed, it’s no surprise that the TDP is a whopping 165W. The 2602 V4 is also a quad-core chip with Hyper-Threading, understandable since finding enough cores that can all clock that high. This is backed by 10MB of L3 cache with quad channel DDR4 on LGA 2011-3.
Unfortunately for consumers, the chip is expected to a limited run and only for release to specific enterprise customers. It will likely be used for highly single-threaded workloads that require the high core clocks. Hopefully, there may be some way for consumers to get the chips but given the strict binning, cost is likely astronomical and supply severely limited.