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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  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Great find! Thank you. Reply
  • Alistair - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Is there any plan for a proper 8700k successor to release this year? Reply
  • bug77 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Ice Lake, but it probably won't make the Q4'18 cut. Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Whiskey Lake - another Skylake revamp on 14nm. Presumably as the 9700K and pushing clocks a bit higher again.

    If you are lucky in H2 2019 and Intel sort their 10nm, you will see Ice Lake.
    If Intel don't fix their 10nm (many industry commentators suggest this is a big risk) then I guess you'll be seeing another 14nm Lake in 2019.
    Reply
  • Dayman1225 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Whiskey Lake is Mobile Only :) Reply
  • Drumsticks - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Say what you will about the endless Lake rebadges, but am I the only one that is impressed with the 14nm process? Intel has gottan a ton of mileage out of it. Pushing performance an extra 300 MHz on the same power every year for the past several years has been a good imprpvement, and not one that necessarily comes for free with shrinking dies anymore, unless you're in the habit of making 2.5GHz chips. Globalfoundries might catch Intel with their 7nm process in absolute frequency.

    I'd much rather Intel spit out a revised, performance focused process, than a low power density focused one. Granted in an ideal world they'd have been doing this on 10nm for years instead, but such is life.
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  • bug77 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    It's not all that impressive. As years go by, the manufacturing gets better so the chips bin better. We've seen this before when TSMC failed to transition to 20nm and GPU makers were stuck improving their 28nm designs.

    That said, Intel has competed based on their manufacturing lead for decades. It's nice to see them pushed onto more equal footing. But at the same time it's worrying to get a taste of what approaching the physical limits of silicon does to chip manufacturing.
    Reply
  • Drumsticks - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    I still disagree. Clock speeds dropped from 5GHz in the Sandy bridge days down to like 4.3GHz in the Broadwell era. Even Zen+ tops out around 4.3GHz, whereas coffee lake tops out easily at at least 5.1. That's a solid 15-20% difference. It certainly doesn't excuse the glacial advancement in IPC that the industry has had, but it's notable nonetheless.

    Increasing density is great for GPUs, but it doesn't have nearly the effect on CPUs that it once did.
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  • bug77 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Not sure what you disagree about, I don't see us contradicting each other ;)
    Unless I missed something.
    Reply
  • Awful - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    It's on Ark now. 95W and DDR4-2666 Reply

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