While Intel’s other 5GHz processor has turned out to be greatly exaggerated, Intel’s original 5GHz chip, the Coffee Lake-based Core i7-8086K, is very much real. And right on schedule, Intel has rolled it out to retail.

As unexpectedly published in the Intel 8086K giveaway terms & conditions, the retail price on the chip is indeed $425. This makes for what’s essentially a $75 premium over Intel’s once and future king, the Core i7-8700K. As a reminder only 50,000 units of the 8086K are being released – minus 8,086 for the giveaway – so while this is technically Intel’s fastest 6-core CPU, it isn’t going to be a permanent fixture like the 8700K.

Intel 8th Generation 'Coffee Lake' Core i7 Desktop Processors
  i7-8086K i7-8700K i7-8700 i7-8700T
Cores 6C / 12T
Base Frequency 4.0 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.2 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo Boost 2.0
(Single Core)
5.0 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.0 GHz
L3 Cache 12 MB
DRAM Support DDR4-2666
Integrated Graphics GT2: 24 EUs
IGP Turbo 1.20 GHz
PCIe Lanes (CPU) 16
TDP 95 W 95 W 65 W 35 W
Price (tray) $425? $359 $303 $303

While we’re still waiting to get the individual per-core turbo levels of Intel’s special edition chip, officially its base clock and single-core turbo clock are both 300MHz higher than the 8700K, or about 6-8% faster than its non-special counterpart. And we expect the other turbo levels to be similar. Ostensibly the TDP remains at 95W, however as Intel defines this as power consumption under load at the base clock, power consumption with turbo – particularly multi-core enhancement, which I know you’re all going to run anyhow – will definitely be higher.

The CPU is available from Amazon, Newegg, and a few other retailers while supplies last.

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  • Opencg - Saturday, June 9, 2018 - link

    Binning could be a great way for intel to make more money in the future. They already bin the hell out of the mobile "hq" i7s. 6700hq = 3.1ghz 4 core and 7700hq = 3.4ghz 4 core. And thats with around 1.15 volts stock and around 1 volt max undervolt. Those are some poorly bined chips. Please intel give us new ways to pay more / get less. Come on dont you want more money
  • Maxiking - Sunday, June 10, 2018 - link

    Later you can sell it, since it is a heavily limited item, you will get your money back.
  • rocky12345 - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    I got my name in for the draw if I win it (won't Happen) then cool I will build a system around it once they release the z390 chip set no point in the z370 because it will be a dean end platform very soon.

    I really wish they could have worked in the 4.77GHz some how since the 8086 ran at 4.77MHz that would have made it a really cool limited edition chip then.
  • Hoodyracoon - Saturday, June 9, 2018 - link

    Why is z370 a deadend platform?(at least more then any other Intel socket?) And z390 is literally just z370 with wifi+by built into the chipset, same socket, same compatibility, same everything other then the built in wifi+bt, it's just as dead end as z370, sorry not raging on you just trying to understand what your mean, well have coffeelake and it looks like one more gen then it's a new socket, same as it's always been for intel
  • RaduR - Saturday, June 9, 2018 - link

    That's a really good one ! But who to remember ? Those people are 50 years old by now ....
  • CaedenV - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    If I win one, great... otherwise nope.
    ... even if I win one... Still need a new mobo, ram, psu, and m.2 ssd... so much expense lol
  • rocky12345 - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    "Intel’s original 5GHz chip, the Coffee Lake-based Core i7-8086K"

    It's not actually a 5GHz chip if it only does it on a single core at stock settings. I guess this is how Intel is now doing it though get that single core to much higher than when the rest are all running top speed and sell it as a 4.7GHz or 5GHz product when in fact it is not really. I am going to say it may have been Nvidia that started this with the GPU's but at least with Nvidia if they say 2GHz the GPU actually tries to stay within that boundary if it can. Having a single core run stock at 5Ghz means very little other than inflating IPC scores in Cinebench.
  • Tkan215215 - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    Single core boost is useless. Intel misleading us again
  • brucek2 - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Disagree. Single core performance is probably precisely why a buyer of this or the base 8700K selected it over AMD's offerings in the first place.
  • Hxx - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    so 8700k is basically a 300 chip as it been on sale more times than I can count for that price (no MC has it for 300 for example). So this is really a $150 premium for 300 MHz which you can easily get by spending that $150 n savings on a beefed up liquid cooler.
    They wanted to make this a special commemorative release, they should have added something more for 425, perhaps a limited edition intel liquid cooler or a collectors wooden box housing the cpu or a different heatspreader marking their anniversary. Man they could have done it in so many ways. Really disappointed in intel and despite that fact that I have nothing but good things to say about my 8700k ironically overclocked to 5ghz.

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