Update: Intel has confirmed the launch of the i7-8086K Limited Edition CPU. It will be on sale on 8 June. The full specifications are available on Intel’s website. And a giveaway is also held to celebrate the launch.
40 years before, Intel released its iconic 8086 16-bit processor in 1978. It is one of the most suscessful and important chips from Intel, because of its x86 architecture design. Now, there are rumors around the Internet about Intel making a new processor to celebrate the 8086’s 40th anniversary, modelled i7-8086K.
According to VideoCardZ, they have spotted the Core i7-8086K’s listing on multiple online retailers’ websites. Some of the listings have been taken down shortly afterwards. The processor is listed to sell at a price of €480 EUR or $480 USD, which is a $100 EUR/USD premium over the i7-8700K.
Base on all the information, the i7-8086K will be a 6-core, 12-thread processor similar to a i7-8700K. Not only the core and thread count, the 12 MB of L3 cache remains the same size as the 8700K. It will be using the same 14 nm manufaturing process and LGA 1151 socket. The CPU should be compatible with the latest 300-series motherboards, such as Z370, H370, H310 and B360. Intel HD 630 Graphics is also rumored to be integrated into the chip.
The i7-8086K is listed to have a base clock of around 4 GHz and can turbo boost up to 5 GHz. The new turbo boost clock is 300 MHz more than the 8700K’s 4.7 GHz. From what we know so far, the 8086K seems to be a specially binned CPU, which may be a cherry-picked 8700K with better overclocking ability. This also means you may be able to squeeze out even more performance after overclocking.
All of these are just rumors, the i7-8086K may or may not exist. We do not know its detailed specifications or release date. Intel did actually sell the Pentium G3258 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pentium-branded processors in 2014.
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