Intel Core i7-8086K Preview – The 8800K Nostalgia Edition

At the Intel Computex 2018 press conference, Intel Senior VP and General Manager Gregory Bryant revealed the Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the iconic Intel 8086 processor. Here is our preview of this processor, and why we think it is the 8800K Nostalgia Edition.

Intel Core i7-8086K Preview

 

Gregory Bryant Announces The Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition

The Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition (Price Check) processor is a special SKU that will be available in limited quantities. It is also the first Intel processor to offer a 5 GHz turbo frequency, with a 4 GHz base clock and unlocked multipliers.

There’s a reason for Intel to choose a 5 GHz boost clock frequency for the 8086K Limited Edition. The Intel 8086 processor from 40 years ago was first introduced with a 5 MHz clock speed, that was eventually doubled to 10 MHz. Yes, that’s MEGAhertz, not GIGAhertz.

You may be interested to know that the Intel 8086 processor was a 16-bit processor with a single processor core. It only has 29,000 transistors, built on a 3.2 μm HMOS process with a 33 mm² die size.

The Intel Core i7-8086K (Price Check) processor, on the other hand, is a 64-bit processor with 6 cores that are capable of handling 12 simultaneous threads. It has about 5 billion transistors, built on a 14 nm tri-gate process with a 149 mm² die size.

 

Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition Up Close

Here is a quick hands-on look at the new Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition (Price Check) processor up close, taken at the MSI Computex 2018 showcase.

 

Intel Core i7-8086K Specifications

SpecificationsIntel Core i7-8086K
Code NameCoffee Lake
Launch Date5 June 2018
Process Technology14 nm Tri-Gate
SocketFCLGA 1151
Cores / Threads6 Cores / 12 Threads
Base Frequency4.0 GHz
Turbo Frequency5.0 GHz
L2 Cache256 KB x 6
L3 Cache12 MB
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI 3.0
TDP95 W
Max. Memory Size64 GB
Max. Memory SpeedDDR4-2666
Max. Memory Channel2-Channel
Processor GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
- 350 MHz to 1.2 GHz
Launch PriceUS$ 425

 

Intel Core i7-8086K Price + Availability

The Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition (Price Check) processor is available in limited quantities. Intel did not mention exactly how many units are available, but we have it on good authority that it’s limited to just 50,000 units worldwide.

Intel Core i7-8086K Preview

Despite its low model number, the Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition (Price Check) processor is actually a faster version of the Intel Core i7-8700K (Price Check).

With a 300 MHz higher core and boost clock, it would have been known as the Intel Core i7-8800K. That’s why we call it the 8800K Nostalgia Edition. It’s really just the 8800K with a nostalgic model number.

Intel is pricing this Limited Edition processor at US$ 425 – a $66 (18%) price premium over the Intel Core i7-8700K. You can order yours from the following link :

  • Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition : $424.99

 

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