To mark the 40-year anniversary of the Intel 8086 that powered the first IBM PC, Intel has announced the Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition processor, its first CPU that can hit 5GHz in turbo mode. The Intel 8086 microprocessor which was announced 40 years back became the foundation for modern computing.
The original 8086 had a humble 5MHz frequency and Intel pays homage to that by ensuring that the Core i7-8086K is capable of going up all the way to 5GHz. Turbo Mode is an Intel technology that boosts the CPU speed when the workload requires it and environmental conditions such as temperature and power consumption are in the proper ranges.
Intel will be running a 24 hour competition on their website starting at 5PM GMT on the 7th of June, where they will be giving away 8086 of these limited edition i7-8086K processors (500 of which will be available to United Kingdom residents).
What made the announcement even more impressive is the fact that the unnamed single-socket 28-core, 56-thread CPU was actually running at 5.0GHz on all cores, although we doubt that the final consumer version will be pushing it that high. Additionally, Intel said the new X-series and next-generation S-series desktop processors are coming to desktops later in 2018. On top of that, Intel is also shipping it fully unlocked for overclocking.More news: China warns US no deal if tariffs go ahead
The contest is open to residents of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec), UK, France, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China (excluding Hong Kong).
As Intel's 50 anniversary draws near (June 18), it is giving away 8,086 Core i7-8086K through a sweepstake on its website. Intel says it's achieved double-digit performance gains in an apparent rebuttal to Arm's claim that it alone has been able to achieve double-digit gains between generations. After 24 hours, Intel will choose 8,086 winners.
Intel only teased the chip-no details on the name, architecture or process-but we can expect it to be considerably more expensive than the $1999 Core i9-7980XE.