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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  • Hxx - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    I meant $125 premium
  • Surfacround - Saturday, June 9, 2018 - link

    they should TiN coat the copper Heatspeader (on the 8086k cpu) .... to make it look gold! you know as in the gold drillbits.. (and as an inside joke... they are “drilling” you for extra cash)
    TiN = titanium nitride coated...
  • Gratin - Saturday, June 9, 2018 - link

    The Tech Report posted several videos about benchmarking it: https://youtu.be/9GW_WxcuKs4.

    They were only able to reach 5.1 Ghz.
  • Hxx - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    yeap so can 99% of users with a 8700k. Up to 5.1 is fairly easy to do on a nondelidded chip. anything 5.2 or above i think and you are running into thermal limits unless you delid.
    I am not even convinced Intel picked up binned chips. I honestly think that they took 50k 8700k chips, clock one core to 5ghz which is probably do-able on any 8700k, and left everything else unchanged - boom there u go limited edition chip, update the cardboard box to show for it and sell for 425 tyvm lol.
  • karthik.hegde - Saturday, June 9, 2018 - link

    Hope people see how the chip being named as '8086' Is very apt!
  • Notmyusualid - Sunday, June 10, 2018 - link

    I bet 'ddriver' swallowed her pride, and entered the competition also...
  • Chad - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    "5Ghz chip"

    roflol, okaaaaay

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