Intel Core i7-8086K Delidded and Overclocked To 7.24 GHz Across All Cores on LN2 Cooling


Intel announced their Core i7-8086K processor a few days ago to mark the 40th Anniversary of their 8086 chip that started the x86 revolution. The anniversary edition that uses binned dies is clocked higher than the Core i7-8700K out of the box but overclockers are pushing it beyond its limits using LN2 cooling.

Der8auer Overclocks The Core i7-8086K To 7.24 GHz Across All 6 Cores

The Core i7-8086K will be the fastest 6 core processor that Intel has to offer while being similar in core configuration as the Core i7-8700K. It will feature 6 cores, 12 threads and 12 MB of L3 cache. The TDP is maintained at 95 Watts which is the same as the Core i7-8700K. The clock speeds are currently the fastest for an Intel 6 core processor.

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We are looking at a base clock of 4.00 GHz which boosts all the way up to 5.0 GHz. The 5.0 GHz boost clock is single-core and all core boost is rated at 4.4 GHz but mostly stable at 4.3 GHz unless provided proper cooling. The processor, being a ‘K’ SKU can be further overclocked but we don’t expect large gains in overclocking considering the 95W TDP can be a barrier for most users. Still, anything above the 5 GHz mark would be a nice extra gain in performance for enthusiasts.

The processor used by Der8aer at the G.Skill booth was delidded and cooled under LN2 which reached temperatures of -185C. A volta supply of 1.85V was used and the clocks were gradually pushed until the processor hit 7.24 GHz across all cores.

While it didn't break the Core i7-8700K overclock world record which sits at 7.409 GHz, the overclock on the 8086K is an achievement in itself. It is always interesting to see new CPUs getting such overclocking treatment right after launch and the same can be said for the 8086K overclocking spree. The Intel Core i7-8086K will have a price of $429 US at launch on 8th June.

Intel Core i7-8086K 40th Anniversary Edition Specs:

CPU NameIntel Core i7-8700KIntel Core i7-8086K
CPU FamilyCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-S
PlatformDesktop LGA 1151Desktop LGA 1151
CPU Cores66
CPU Threads1212
Base Clock3.70 GHz4.00 GHz
Boost Clock4.70 GHz5.00 GHz
L3 Cache12 MB12 MB
GraphicsUHD 630UHD 630
Price$359 US$429 US (Limited Quantities)