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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  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    It'll be intended to turn it into a skill-based contest and not a pure sweepstakes. It's likely to be simple enough to be a legal fiction (although being asked to multiply 80 by 86 might catch a few people out).
  • eva02langley - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    It is because of the provincial laws. Quebec is regulating anything related to contests with Loto-Quebec, basically if you don't make a request, you cannot provide the contest in the province. Kind of stupid, the law should be amended.
  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    Well, Quebec has been excluded entirely (for that reason).
  • cfenton - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    Yes, that's normal. It's usually just a simple equation. Usually you have to answer when submitting your entry.
  • peevee - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - link

    Simple IQ test? If only elections would require that.
  • Devo2007 - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    According to the technical specifications on Intel's page, it is indeed a 95W TDP part.
  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    And yet, the thermal solution specification is 130W. 🤔
  • dullard - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    The TDP is the average power when the chip is heated to the highest allowed temperature, running at base frequency on all cores doing highly complex but non-viral workloads. The recommended heat sink is higher power rated to allow the chip to run at turbo frequencies or overclock even higher in most circumstances. The 130W thermal solution specification is the same with the 8700K, 8600K, and 8350K overclockable Coffee Lake chips.
  • GreenReaper - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    Worth noting: those in the UK have a reserved allocation of 500 units.
  • Midwayman - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - link

    So awesome they actually did this.

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