Intel Announces the Intel Core i7-8086K 5Ghz Limited Edition CPU

Intel Announces the Intel Core i7-8086K 5Ghz Limited Edition CPU

Intel Announces the Intel Core i7-8086K 5Ghz Limited Edition CPU

Intel isn't revealing all of the turbo frequencies, but we've seen speculation online that the chip will have a 4.6GHz all-core turbo frequency.

The processor comes with a base clockspeed of 4.0GHz, making it 300MHz faster than the Core i7-8700K's base and single-core core turbo frequencies. Intel hasn't said how numerous Core i7-8086K chips it has manufactured but notes that supplies are limited.

According to Intel, the Core i7-8086K will work on all 300-series motherboards and will be fully unlocked for overclocking.

The i7-8086K is a limited edition CPU produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Intel's original 8086. Participants will have a 24-hour window in which to enter the sweepstakes, and this is said to start June 7th 2018 at 5PM PST. The processors will ship on June 6. Raising the boost clock as high as 5GHz suggests one of two things: Either Intel is going to create a server chip with a very limited boost clock, like 5GHz on a single core, or it's going to pull an AMD-style FX-9590 and release a Core X or Xeon server part with a dramatically higher TDP.

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Intel only teased the chip-no details on the name, architecture or process-but we can expect it to be considerably more expensive than the $1999 Core i9-7980XE.

News of both chips overshadowed Intel's announcement on its upcoming Amber Lake Y-series and Whiskey Lake U-series CPUs.

The new core isn't just a top-end SKU, however - it's a limited edition CPU, with just 50,000 parts planned at this point. They will arrive in more than 70 new laptops and 2-in-1s this fall, and offer double-digit performance improvements over the current generation of chips.

Intel's new beast is a huge 28C/56T processor that will compete with Threadripper 2 later this year from AMD, and ASUS was showing it off smashing through some awesome Cinebench results.

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