The hexa-core Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Edition gets listed online
40 years ago on June 8th, Intel introduced the 8086 microprocessor as a successor to the 8080. The 8086 soon became Intel's most successful CPU and is the reason for the ubiquitous x86 computing architecture we see today. Ever since Intel announced their 8th generation Cores, there has been speculation about a possible anniversary edition to commemorate the 8086 and last month, information about the Core i7-8086K began to surface online.
Now, Videocardz is reporting that few online retailers based in Canada, Russia, and Italy have already started to list the Core i7-8086K on their sites at a price of around US$480 — a US$70 premium over the top end Core i7-8700K. Some of these listings have apparently been taken down but give more than enough clues to assume that the Core i7-8086K will indeed see the light of the day.
Information about the Core i7-8086K is still not aplenty though, we know that it is essentially just an overclocked Core i7-8700K with the same 6 cores and 95W TDP and that will be made available in limited quantities. However, the online listings show the CPU to sport a 5 GHz boost out of the box, which if true could be music to ears for overclockers. For perspective, the Core i7-8700K boosts to a maximum clock of 4.7 GHz. The only way, therefore, to actually purchase a 5.2 GHz Core i7-8700K was via opting for an aftermarket de-lidded model from Caseking.
It will be interesting to see how Intel manages to pull off high frequencies in what is largely the same 8th generation 'Coffee Lake' chip available in the market and how well it sustains such speeds. Intel is hosting a keynote on June 5th where it is expected to unveil the new chip so it's only a matter of time before we get to know all the juicy details.