Some of you might remember the iconic 8086 processor from Intel that was released 40 years ago. Intel is a lot different from what it was back then and it has made significant advancements in processor technology over the past four decades. The company has decided to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its 8086 processor by launching its first 5GHz desktop CPU, the aptly titled Core i7-8086K.
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. It has a default 4GHz clock speed out of the box with the capability of hitting 5GHz clock on boost. The processor can fit in a 300-series motherboard.
Since it’s a K-series processor, the Intel Core i7-8086K comes with its multiplier unlocked which means that the processor is ready for overclocking out of the box. This will let users achieve even higher speeds than 5GHz should they so desire.
Intel is going to release the Core i7-8086K on June 8th which exactly marks the 40th anniversary of the original processor. It hasn’t confirmed the price as yet, though. As a way to express its thanks to the community, Intel will be giving away exactly 8,086 units of the processor for free. Those who want to try their luck can sign up for the promotion at Intel’s sweepstakes website.