Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Limited Edition, 5 GHz, 6 Core, 12 Thread Processor Review

Sep 3, 2018
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PRODUCT INFO

Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition

June 2018
Type Processor
Price $429.99 US

Conclusion - Intel's 40 Year Journey From 5 MHz To 5 GHz

The Intel Core i7-8086K is a product that celebrates the anniversary of chipzilla's 40-year journey since the 8086, the first x86 microprocessor to hit commercial availability. Being so, it is currently the fastest mainstream chip which you can buy (at least until quantities last since this is a limited edition model).

The processor I tested is a special model which reminds us of how far processors have developed since the inception of the x86 architecture. In terms of the product itself, the Core i7-8086K has a lot of similarities with the Core i7-8700K. You will find little to no differences in terms of processor performance when running applications or games. Yes, the Core i7-8086K offers slightly higher 5 GHz boost speeds when a single core is being operated upon but that's a rarity in multi-threaded apps. Some games definitely do see a good boost in performance but they are a small minority to talk about.

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A photo of the original Intel 8086 processor from 1978 next to the new Intel Core i7-8086K limited edition processor. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Nevertheless, the 5 GHz boost speed is a first for Intel and the 4 GHz base clock is really good too. The thing to note is that while out of the box performance is definitely better than the 8700K, the 8700 K is just about as fast as the 8086K when it comes to overclocking. This is due to the limited clock expansion that you can get out of the 95W design. Also, in terms of pricing, you will be paying 20% more over the Core i7-8700K to get at most 2-3% better performance.

I don't think that's worth a deal but especially when the 8700K is such a capable processor in its own right. Then again, this variant is a limited model and won't be available for a long duration like the 8700K and to those who get to buy one, it may be an item worth owning as a showpiece after its retirement.

The Intel Core i7-8086K features great performance out of the box and celebrates one of the most iconic moment in the x86 architecture history but the Core i7-8700K does almost everything that the 8086K could do for $70 US less.

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The Intel Core i7-8086K features great performance out of the box and celebrates one of the most iconic moment in the x86 architecture history but the Core i7-8700K does almost everything that the 8086K could do for $70 US less.

Performance10
Value7
Design & Aesthetics9
Features10

Pros

  • Great out of the box performance (4 GHz base / 5 GHz boost clocks)
  • Fastest Intel 6 core processor as of right now
  • Faster multitasking performance
  • Excellent Gaming performance
  • Features enhanced 14nm++ process node and 6/12 core config
  • Over 4 GHz boost across all cores at stock configuration
  • Great overclocking capabilities

Cons

  • Very high price ($429 US)
  • Very high power consumption when overclocked
  • Very high temperatures when overclocked
  • Performance not that great when compared to the Core i7-8700K (both stock and overclocked)
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