Intel Celebrates x86 40th Anniversary with 5GHz Core i7

07 June, 2018, 03:51 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • The 5GHz desktop CPU is official: This is the Intel Core i7-8086K

This week at Computex Intel announced the limited edition i7-8086K processor, as an homage to the original Intel 8086 which was originally released in 1978.

According to Intel's specs, it has six cores, 12 threads, and a base frequency of 4GHz with a maximum turbo frequency of 5GHz. Turbo Mode is an Intel technology that boosts the CPU speed when the workload requires it and environmental conditions such as temperature and power consumption are in the proper ranges.

At Computex 2018, Intel showcased a new beast CPU that will release later this year. The 8086K slots into a 300-series motherboard, and being an unlocked SKU, you'll be able to overclock it beyond 5GHz.

If you aren't looking at overclocking either, then it's close to 100 percent faster, which means that datacenters, server farms and anyone else looking to build monstrous rendering and number crunching platforms without pushing the chips beyond their recommended specifications, will see huge performance gains.




We're all on pins and ball grid arrays waiting for Intel to introduce its long awaited 10nm Cannon Lake architecture in mass quantities, but that will have to wait until next year.

What made the announcement even more impressive is the fact that the unnamed single-socket 28-core, 56-thread CPU was actually running at 5.0GHz on all cores, although we doubt that the final consumer version will be pushing it that high.

The 8086 "sweepstakes" will be open to residents of the US, China, Germany, Canada, France, the UK, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 8086, Intel is launching the Core i7-8086K. Participants can register for a chance to win in two days' time, but you'll only have 24 hours to enter. As part of the anniversary celebration Intel is going to give away 8,086 of them. In the demonstration (embedded above, starting at around the 1hr10min10sec mark), the chip scored 7,334 in Cinebench R15, a benchmark we use frequently in many of our reviews.

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