Rumor: Core i7-8086K could be a 5-GHz toast to Intel’s 50th year

On June 8, it will have been 40 years since Intel launched the 8086—a processor so important, so formative, that we still use the term “x86” to describe Intel-compatible CPUs to this day. To celebrate the occasion, Intel is purportedly launching a special edition Core i7-8086K CPU. This news comes from Videocardz, who found listings for the new chip at retailers in Canada, Russia, and Italy (although the Canadian and Italian listings have since been removed).

Videocardz also says that the chip has been listed at Chinese retailers for some time. Indeed, by searching the i7-8086K's purported product code—BX80684I78086K—we've found it at a few places ourselves. Despite that fact, there's a dearth of details about the new processor. Listings indicate that it will probably be a six-core CPU that turbos up to 5 GHz. If that's true, it essentially appears to be a hot-clocked Core i7-8700K. Intel's hottest Coffee Lake part so far has a maximum Turbo Boost 2.0 speed of 4.7 GHz.

The i7-8700K's already-high clock rate is a major factor in its world-beating performance. Clocking it up even higher yields yet-more-impressive results, as shown by overclockers. It also yields extreme heat and power usage pretty rapidly when overclocked. It will be interesting to see if Intel perhaps equips this chip with a soldered heat spreader. Given the similar nature of the Devil's Canyon Core i7-4790K, however, we aren't holding our breath.

The shop listings we visited priced the chip at $480.47, €394.48, and £332.60. The second and third numbers are VAT-exclusive, meaning they'll actually end up priced at €481.27 and £399.12 at the checkout counter. The two European prices are a bit less than the US price, so it's not quite clear what the final, actual price will be. Intel could be cheeky and list it at $486.

Computex starts next Tuesday, and as one of the most important attendees at the show, Intel will have a keynote event on June 5. It seems likely that the company could announce the chip then. More Computers in the UK lists the chip's “restock date” as June 8, so we don't have long to wait to find out more about this potential anniversary-edition processor.

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    • Mr Bill
    • 1 year ago

    Any news of an MSDOS 10.0 to run this beasti?

      • BIF
      • 1 year ago

      LOL, I see what you did there…

    • ermo
    • 1 year ago

    This sort of speculation is entirely out of order.

    • aurelius
    • 1 year ago

    Ryzen Am2501 Edition When

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    Er.. I think Intel should pull a Centurion out of its hat, call this the Core i7-9590, and price it north of $900. 😀

    • hansmuff
    • 1 year ago

    At this point I’m waiting for something with better protections against known, performance-robbing exploits.

    • blastdoor
    • 1 year ago

    I heard it will include 640k L1 cache because nobody will ever need more than that.

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    5Ghz rumored goal seems to be stretching it a bit far even for a single-core turbo speed. Most of the 14nms chips need a fair amount of voltage to get anywhere near 4.8-4.9Ghz. 8700K is already very close to the clockspeed ceiling of 14nm.

    It is just more doable for Intel to just make it 4.8Ghz and call it a day.

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      I think you underestimate what the silicon is capable of with binning and if Intel actually bothers to do a little bit more work on the cooling package for what is clearly a limited-run product.

      As [url=https://siliconlottery.com/collections/coffeelake/products/8700k51g<]Silicon Lottery[/url<] stated: [quote<]As of 3/22/18, the top 54% of tested 8700Ks were able to hit 5.1GHz or greater.[/quote<] And they're overclocking [b<]all six cores[/b<] to 5.1GHz. I'm not expecting the 8086K to push all 6 cores to 5 GHz, just a single-core turbo-boost.

        • NoOne ButMe
        • 1 year ago

        I’m hopefully Intel will aim for shipping the fastest shipping consumer x86 CPU in clockspeeds for both all core and single core clocks.

        4.8Ghz base! 5.1Ghz Boost!

        Take that FX-9000 series!

        • Krogoth
        • 1 year ago

        You conveniently omit that fact that it took a fair amount of overvolting for Silicon Lottery to get those *speeds*. Very small minority (cream of top yields) is able to get without that voltage boost. It has the same story for every 14nm CPU from Intel.

        AMD and Intel don’t really mess around with significant overvolting since it is known to kill silicon down the road regardless of cooling. As you would expect, Turbo-clocking doesn’t really mess around with overvolting.

        They will shoot for most likely just shoot for 4.8Ghz since that is certainly doable for a very large sample of yields without throwing tons of volts and still lay claim to have the fastest desktop on the market.

        The last thing Intel’s marketing needs to have have an repeat of Pentium III 1.13Ghz debacle.

          • MOSFET
          • 1 year ago

          No offense man, but at this point, NoOne ButYou remembers the PIII 1.13 debacle.

          It’s Intel’s “fun” CPU – throw out expectations, including voltage and clockspeed.

            • BIF
            • 1 year ago

            I remember the Blue Man Group adverts for the P III. Now that was fun!

            • Redocbew
            • 1 year ago

            Those dudes were creepy.

      • NoOne ButMe
      • 1 year ago

      how many 6C chips has Intel sold that meet or exceed the base 8700K bin? At least close to a million, perhaps a few million.

      If they planned this edition from the start–and they probably did–they could just be harvesting the top few percent. Or even just taking the absolute best bins (highest end laptop 6C parts) and using them.

      While I don’t think they’re do 5Ghz because it could blow out weaker boards, I think it is reasonable for them to be able to get enough in a 125-140W TPD range to have some volume.

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    Nice! At those prices we should be able to pair it with at least 2MB of RAM (2018 pricing) and still have change from £1000….

      • Wirko
      • 1 year ago

      Enough change to buy a used graphics card?

    • freebird
    • 1 year ago

    Looks like Intel Marketing has been watching the “Back to the Future” Trilogy. Maybe they have 80186K, 80286K, 80386K and finally 80486K waiting in the wings for 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024.

    I still have fond memories of my 486DX and my very first complete self build a 386SX system.

    I guess the 64K question is: “How many cores will it truly have?”

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      AMD should get in the act with the FX-8350 RyZen.

      Oh Wait… too soon?

        • NoOne ButMe
        • 1 year ago

        Ryzen 64 FX-86

        😉

          • jihadjoe
          • 1 year ago

          Make FX great again!

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            FX would have beaten Skylake if it wasn’t for those Russians and that dog….

            Scooby Dooby Doo!

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      “You mean you gotta use your hands?”

      “Yeah kid. It’s more fun when you use your hands.”

    • K-L-Waster
    • 1 year ago

    But will it run [s<]Crysis[/s<] Adventure?

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      You just got eaten by a grue.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 1 year ago

        What, without even getting a chance to use my dagger?

          • Redocbew
          • 1 year ago

          It was pitch black. No chance at all.

        • chucko
        • 1 year ago

        I believe that you intended to say ” a grueula”

    • hiki
    • 1 year ago

    I would totally buy one, except that I will not upgrade from 4 core i7 to less than 8 core i7.

    • willmore
    • 1 year ago

    Also rumored are the i5-8088K which has one memory channel disabled and the i9-8087K which has dual AVX-512 units.

    </s>

      • K-L-Waster
      • 1 year ago

      I believe there is also a DX model planned which will have the AVX-512 units physically disconnected by use of the world’s smallest Dremel.

        • willmore
        • 1 year ago

        That’s the SX.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 1 year ago

          So it was… apparently my memory doesn’t support ECC.

      • bthylafh
      • 1 year ago

      Also the i3-8089 with a secure memory-management unit.

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      I say they should go all the way and give it an 8-bit data bus, disable all instructions not found in the 8086, disable all but one core, disable all features like turbo and SMT, sell it by the tray only (no boxed chips back then) and run it at 4.77GHz. And to sweeten the deal even further, price it like the 8086’s introduction price back when Steve Jobs probably still had long hair.

      • jihadjoe
      • 1 year ago

      8087 obviously has to be Xeon Phi

    • Ninjitsu
    • 1 year ago

    I can’t use it but I want it, because it’s so nerdy.

    [quote<]Intel could be cheeky and list it at $486.[/quote<] Or you know... $386...

      • jihadjoe
      • 1 year ago

      I wonder what the actual MSRP is and how much retailers are gouging it for.

      • deruberhanyok
      • 1 year ago

      They could do $486 but you have to buy a calculator with it to really get gaming properly.

      • HERETIC
      • 1 year ago

      $1000 with free Alphacool chiller..
      JUST KIDDING.
      Whatever the price-with careful binning, we’re going to end up with best
      bits silicon out there……………………………………..

    • Goty
    • 1 year ago

    I’ll take two!

    • Neutronbeam
    • 1 year ago

    Hey Zak,

    Considering the heat it likely generates, perhaps the headline should have read “Rumor: Core i7-8086K could be a 5-GHz toasty to Intel’s 50th year”. Sometimes a one-letter fix is all it takes. ;->

    You’re welcome, and keep up the great work!

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      Number?

        • Neutronbeam
        • 1 year ago

        666 – it’s a helluva beast of a chip!

      • Freon
      • 1 year ago

      The 8700K might as well be a 65W TDP chip unless you’re running AVX and/or overclocking. It’s really not that much heat. Maybe they’ll slap 105W TDP on this 5ghz version, or just adjust AVX offset if that’s possible.

    • RAGEPRO
    • 1 year ago

    My new CPU.

    • ptsant
    • 1 year ago

    Should run at 4.77GHz with a turbo option for 10 GHz.

      • DrDominodog51
      • 1 year ago

      Netburst 20th Anniversary Edition isn’t due for 2 more years.

        • Sargent Duck
        • 1 year ago

        10Ghz!

          • NoOne ButMe
          • 1 year ago

          is just the ALUs going to 10Ghz good enough? 😉

          (For those who don’t know/remember, Netburst ALU ran at dual the clockspeed, which makes the fastest shipping part (3.8Ghz) effectively having 7.6Ghz ALUs)

        • KarVi
        • 1 year ago

        I always sort of thought of the Bulldozer (even if it came from AMD) as a 10 years aniversary edition of Netburst 🙂

        Even though it was released a little less than 11 years (10 years and 11 months, if memory serves me) after Netburst.

          • Voldenuit
          • 1 year ago

          More of a ‘hold my beer’ moment, but I’ll allow it.

          • Mikael33
          • 1 year ago

          Bulldozer is a curious architecture, it’s like they learned nothing from kicking Netburst’s ass apparently ~11 years prior with the K7.

          • jihadjoe
          • 1 year ago

          “See we’ve been kicking this here Intel processor’s butt for the last couple of years. How about we make a chip that’s exactly like it?” –Dirk

      • srg86
      • 1 year ago

      Along with the Core i7 8086K, they should either do Core i5 or i3 8088K with a Z8089 PCH.

      …and of course a Xeon Phi 8087.

      • Chrispy_
      • 1 year ago

      Wait, that’s [i<]over 9000![/i<]

      • Wirko
      • 1 year ago

      Turbo will deactivate all cores but one, all threads but one, all execution units but one, all speculators, everything that’s out of order, almost all of the pipeline, and all the cache. 10 GHz is perfectly possible without all that.

      • adampk17
      • 1 year ago

      I wonder how many of the people replying to this comment actually get the joke. So far, seems like maybe no one.

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        I wonder how many people remember that the proper use of the “turbo” button was actually the [i<]opposite[/i<] of what the name implies. The system was supposed to run with "turbo on" normally. You only turned it off for old games & other weird programs that had hacked their timer functions to be slaved to the CPU clockspeed and would run ridiculously fast on CPUs with higher clockspeeds.

          • ozzuneoj
          • 1 year ago

          Yes. So, maybe they should have a turbo function toggle between higher clocks with less cores enabled and lower clocks with all cores and HT.

          Crazy thing is, there’d probably be a use case for something like this…

          They could start selling retro style beige cases again with turbo buttons and LCD readouts. Maybe they could even bring back the horizontal desktop case…

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    Rebranding a forty year old product Intel?

    Not to mention the confusing naming scheme. How am I supposed to tell these apart from regular 8086’s??!!!?

    Krogothed!

      • meerkt
      • 1 year ago

      The K suffix.

        • deruberhanyok
        • 1 year ago

        The K stands for Krogoth!

      • oldog
      • 1 year ago

      How am I supposed to tell these apart from regular 8086’s??!!!?

      Um… The price?

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        You’re right!

        $86.65 for the first version of the 8086 in 1978 is [url=https://www.officialdata.org/1978-dollars-in-2018?amount=86.65<]$331 today[/url<]. Of course, that was only the 5MHz chip. The later 1980 variant that you really wanted since it could hit 8-10 MHz was a cool $200, and that would be [url=https://www.officialdata.org/1980-dollars-in-2018?amount=200<]$605.71 today[/url<]. So the 8086K is generally cheaper.

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