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.
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
Intel Core i7-8086K Specifications
|Specifications||Intel Core i7-8086K|
|Code Name||Coffee Lake|
|Launch Date||5 June 2018|
|Process Technology||14 nm Tri-Gate|
|Cores / Threads||6 Cores / 12 Threads|
|Base Frequency||4.0 GHz|
|Turbo Frequency||5.0 GHz|
|L2 Cache||256 KB x 6|
|L3 Cache||12 MB|
|Bus Speed||8 GT/s DMI 3.0|
|Max. Memory Size||64 GB|
|Max. Memory Speed||DDR4-2666|
|Max. Memory Channel||2-Channel|
|Processor Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 630|
- 350 MHz to 1.2 GHz
|Launch Price||US$ 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.
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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