As an homage to both Intel’s 50 year company anniversary and the 40 year anniversary of the eponymous 8086 processor, today Intel surprised us all in announcing the Core i7-8086K: a limited edition processor that becomes its fastest ever.

For what was a funny request from David Schor from WikiChip over six months ago, with some faked screenshots appearing out of China in March, Intel has jumped us all and announced a new hyper-frequency version of its best performing mainstream Coffee Lake processor in the Core i7-8086K. This new processor, of which only 50,000 will be made, is a boost over its current Core i7-8700K offering.

Details are sparse at this time, however Intel has said that the processor has a base frequency of 4.0 GHz and a single core turbo of 5.0 GHz. Along those lines, we suspect a 4.6 GHz all-core turbo. This would mark a +300 MHz gain on the base and all-core frequencies, and +300 MHz on the single core turbo. We believe that this is still at the rated 95W TDP, the same as the i7-8700K. If/when we can confirm this information, we will update the news.

AnandTech Cores TDP Freq L3 vPro DRAM
DDR4
iGPU iGPU
Turbo
Core i7-8086K $425 6 / 12 95 W? 4.0 / 5.0 12 MB No 2666 ? 24 EUs 1200
Core i7-8700K $359 6 / 12 95 W 3.7 / 4.7 12 MB No 2666 24 EUs 1200
Core i7-8700 $303 6 / 12 65 W 3.2 / 4.6 12 MB Yes 2666 24 EUs 1200
Core i7-8700T $303 6 / 12 35 W 2.4 / 4.0 12 MB Yes 2666 24 EUs 1200

Despite the limited edition nature of the product, we suspect that this was not that difficult for Intel to manufacture – it is/was just a case of binning the silicon from the production line. This is a minor bump in frequencies, however the top-end bin usually requires a good chip. For anyone wanting a reasonable Core i7-8700K, then the Core i7-8086K now becomes an option.

Intel has not mentioned official pricing or availability, however their sweepstakes (more in a sec) lists the average retail value of the processor at $425. Meanwhile as far as availability goes, we have noticed from one UK retailer that they have 1000 units inbound and will be offering pre-binned parts that are delidded with custom heatspreaders. So this means that these parts will be using Intel’s usual base thermal paste for these parts. What Intel has mentioned is that they will be giving away 8086 of the processors for free in a sweepstakes at http://www.intel.com/8086sweepstakes

We have not been offered a sample for review yet from Intel, however other sources have stated that reviews might be going live later this week on pre-built systems from the usual system integrators.

More specifications and information as we get it.

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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    >People have delidded, replaced the TIM and found they're not getting better overclocks.

    On what planet are you living on? 20C+ drops in temperatures allows for much quieter fans and lower operating temperature, leading to longer product life. Screw off with your fake news.
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  • mkaibear - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    You know how to spot people with a vested interest? They're the ones shouting about fake news and creating straw men in order to justify their position... Reply
  • bug77 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    20C drop from a temp within specified limits is akin to doing 40 in the 60 lane. It's a bit safer, but the default was already safe to begin with. Reply
  • Opencg - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    More lies. 20c provides a huge safty margin and allows for a huge overclocking headroom on unlocked processors. The obvious reasons intel dont want this are 1) lack of competitive incentive intel is already at the top and 2) they want more money. hotter processors with less performance headroom due to heat and lack of builtin exploit fixes will undoubtably statistically require upgrades sooner.

    Same thing from intel they can easily provide us with so much more yet they hold back. Lets hope amd can muster some real competition. Intel at the top is bad for everyone. At least nvidia still tries to push foreward while they are ahead. Intel happy anniversary 8 years of stagnation.
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  • bug77 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Wth are you talking about? These were delidded, had their TIM replaced, got a 20C temperature drop and maybe 100MHz more overclock. What "huge overclocking headroom"? And "huge safety margin" to do what?

    I swear you people are like Pavlov's mutt: you see TIM, you cry rip-off.
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  • Jedi2155 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Lower fan speed is a key factor if one wanted high performance without an insanely loud cooling system. Reply
  • Nagorak - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    Playing the devil's advocate: if the limiting factor is transfer across the TIM then you can set a less aggressive fan profile anyway since the problem is that the heatsink is too hot, but rather the heat not getting to the heatsink in the first place. Reply
  • Nagorak - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    *problem is Not that the heatsink is too hot... Reply
  • peevee - Thursday, June 07, 2018 - link

    "Playing the devil's advocate: if the limiting factor is transfer across the TIM then you can set a less aggressive fan profile anyway since the problem is that the heatsink is too hot, but rather the heat not getting to the heatsink in the first place."

    Nope. Think again.
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  • Opencg - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    Bug77 because it IS a ripoff. Thermal paste has a lifespan and worse performance. Also younar so retarded that you are now arguing that 20c only gets 100mhz. Your mind is trash dude Reply

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