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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  • gamingkingx - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    WTF.. So a regular citizen from an EU country cannot join? I'm from Denmark.. Come on. Why can a citizen from Germany, France or UK join, but not me? Reply
  • haukionkannel - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Because those Are big countries. Denmark is small... Reply
  • casperes1996 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    But logistically it's no different to ship to us Danes than to ship to Germany. Just stick a different dress on the box. Reply
  • stux - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    I’m sure it’s legal and not logistic issues which make it tricky to offer international sweepstakes. Reply
  • bug77 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Thank the independence we have within the EU to impose different regulation from country to country. It makes smaller countries (and not only) that much less attractive. Reply
  • gamingkingx - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    What has size to do with anything?.. Germany and Denmark has the same legal stuff because of the EU. When they export that item to Germany it is to the EU they export it.. Not to Germany. Reply
  • mkaibear - Thursday, June 07, 2018 - link

    Not actually true - Denmark has slightly different competition law to Germany, and other EU states are different again (it's not a power which has been transferred to the EU)

    Of course that competition law in this instance doesn't actually have a bearing on it because there's nothing in there which would prohibit the Danes from taking part so it's a decision on Intel's part. A crappy one if you ask me...

    (but as a UK citizen it probably increases my chance of winning so... comme ci comme ca, as the French say...)
    Reply
  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Nobody knows how to announce it in Danish; and if they did, nobody would understand:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-mOy8VUEBk
    Reply
  • silverblue - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    That is awesome. Reply
  • jgarcows - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    From the sweepstakes official rules:

    > The potential Winners will be notified by email and required to complete a prize fulfillment form. In order to be eligible to win any prize, potential winners who are Canadian residents must correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question as posed by Sponsor.

    Is this a normal thing for Canadians to be quizzed when they win something?
    Reply

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