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
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

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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  • mkaibear - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    How about you find some evidence for your claims rather than asserting someone is retarded and their "mind is trash"?

    The heat isn't the only limit for the CPU frequency. Just because you might get a 20C drop doesn't mean that it's a guaranteed overclocking boost. I can't remember seeing much more than 100MHz boost across multiple people who've delidded their chips - in general it just reduced temps and meant you could get away with a smaller cooler.

    There are downsides to solder which never get talked about, but oh no Intel uses TIM it must be because they're a cheap company who're devoted to screwing every last buck out of their consumers.

    Intel warrant the processor to run at a certain speed within a certain temperature, and they pick their TIM to suit that. You want them to make special chips for overclockers, well then you need to be a big enough market to do that.

    (or, alternatively, do what Intel do and make sure that it's possible to pop off the IHS so you can replace the TIM with something different if you want to. Do you really think Intel couldn't stop you from doing that if they thought it was necessary? It's sufficiently difficult that the casual user won't do it but not difficult enough that the enthusiast won't do it, which is exactly the level you'd want to set it at)
  • Opencg - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    Lol good job youve heard of multiple people who got only 100mhz out of 20c drop. Starting off its common to get performance from heat drop alone when you are dropping out of the 85-100c range. Im sure you just arent aware of how throttling works on these systems. 100mhz would boost that into the 10% range. Also many get 300mhz overclocks and also get greater stability and real world performance like frame drops are better. I mean its whatever im glad you found some people that only got 100mhz. Its very clear from you that you got very mad and are not a very good overclocker. Probably just more people like you.

    And why argue so adamantly for intel? Again thermal paste limits lifespan and creates issues like core differential from the factory. People have asked for something better and the only reason they havent gotten it is greed.
  • Peter2k - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    Less heat equals more voltage headroom -> better potential.
    Also you're gaining 100-300 Mhz and have lower temps.
    Means less noise.
    To top that off, higher temps means throttling kicks in, and many a people had increased stability in Prime and Asus RealBench after just delidding.

    There are plenty of threads on .

    For a CPU being sold at a premium because its unlocked it should come with solder.
    HEDT should absolutely be soldered. More cores more heat.

    I've lapped 4 7700K's (mine, wife, and 2 from friends), all had an uneven IHS.
    So not using solder did not do anything there either.
    Aside from a potentially warped IHS, what other drawbacks are there with solder?
    Higher cost?
    Prices haven't gone down.
    I hope I'm not gonna see how it gets micro fractures when you're going from -50°C to 90°C back and forth the whole time; read that too many times, not very likely scenario in anyone's use case.
  • 0ldman79 - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - link

    They have a special chip for overclockers, it's the K line.

    If the TIM was really sufficient why would *all* Xeons be soldered?
  • svan1971 - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    i dropped 22c on one of my 6 cores, intels tim is for shit.
  • HStewart - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    Some people like to give AMD more credit than they deserved. I think Intel biggest thread in the long run is ARM - just because they attack them at Intel largest market - which is of course mobile products.

    But it still nice to have AMD out to keep Intel on it feet and introducing new products.
  • vanilla_gorilla - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    Intel's problem over the last year is AMD and will continue to be in lots of spaces for the forseeable future. ARM is a future threat that Intel has been planning to fight for years. This is one of the reasons they've spent the last decade focused on mobile.
  • peevee - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    "ARM is a future threat that Intel has been planning to fight for years. This is one of the reasons they've spent the last decade focused on mobile."

    ARM is the past threat which (with Samsung, Qualcomm and Huawei) completely pushed Intel out of the biggest markets for CPUs.
    But Intel retained the priciest.
  • nimi - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    >The Intel 8086 Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, Germany, France, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China (excluding Hong Kong)

    Sweet! Finally a sweepstakes that isn't exclusive to the usual US/Canada restriction. For once I'm actually eligible
  • nimi - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    By the way, according to the sweepstakes rules, the ARV (Approximate Retail Value) is $425USD

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