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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  • Memo.Ray - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Good Stuff! Glad to see Intel pushing out of their comfort zone. Thank you AMD! Reply
  • Luckz - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    You what mate
    How is this outside anyone's comfort zone? Still not soldered. No meltdown hardware fix. Nothing. Just a rebadged CPU from last year.
    Reply
  • close - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Without AMD it would have been a 4-core part for the same money. Reply
  • sonny73n - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    With or without AMD, what Luckz said is still true. Reply
  • smilingcrow - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Without IBM, AMD's CPUs business which only exists because IBM insisted on a second source of CPUs would be zilch.
    It's all a matter of perspective. :)
    Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Yes that is true - oddly the one that started it all is not 8086 but the 8088 in the IBM PC

    I have original IBM PC in my closet downstairs
    Reply
  • tamalero - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Yes and Intel was supposed to not be monopolistic or use dirty tactics over and over to control the world pc market. But here we are! in an imperfect world. Reply
  • Bavor - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    Nope. Check your facts next time. About 9 months before the release of Ryzen, Intel said in press releases and Intel employees said in interviews that they are adding more cores to mainstream CPUs because they saw how popular more than 4 cores was in the HEDT 2001-V3 line. Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - link

    About 9 months before Ryzen released, September 2017, we all learned about core counts of Ryzen. I suspect AMD had a lot to do with the 6 core mainstream Intel chips, a lot. I suspect Intel could have easily made these on the first gen 14nm chips years ago but didn't due to lack of competition. We can agree to disagree since its all conjecture but those facts you state don't exclude AMD as the cause of the choices. Reply
  • bug77 - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    "Not soldered" - what difference does it make? People have delidded, replaced the TIM and found they're not getting better overclocks. Hence, the default TIM does its job very well.
    "No meltdown hardware fix" - you have a microcode fix. What difference would a hardware fix make for you?
    Reply

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