The Intel Core i7-8086K is a special processor for a multitude of reasons. It’s one of Intel’s very rare, limited-edition run processors, while also simultaneously celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original 8086 CPU and Intel’s own 50th anniversary. Aside from celebrating those occasions, it’s also Intel’s first consumer processor to hit 5.0GHz without overclocking.
That all said, you can basically boil this part down to a cherry-picked Intel Core i7-8700K with a 300MHz bump in frequency for a small premium in price. Despite what should be a faster overall chip, our testing reveals a CPU that sadly isn’t any more performant – unless you’re an overclocking enthusiast.
Features and chipset
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the 8086K and 8700K are basically the same processor aside from the former being a little faster. They share the same exact six-core and 12-thread arrangement. Both chips are also built upon the same third-generation 14nm Coffee Lake architecture.
However, Intel has told us that it has refined its 14nm++ process and power delivery on this limited-edition processor, which at least lends it greater overclocking capabilities that we’ll get into later.
The Intel Core i7-8086K sockets into the now well established Z370, H370, B360 and H310 platforms. We’re testing this chip on the high-end Z370 motherboard, which features some of the best power on Intel platforms yet and that also plays into the 8086K’s impressive overclocking performance.
Still, the Z370 chipset can feel a little limiting at points, considering it supports only dual-channel memory and only 16 PCIe lanes (out of a total 40) directly connected to the CPU.
With 300 extra megahertz of frequency in tow, we expected the Intel Core i7-8086K to perform decently better in at least some of our benchmarks, but this is exactly where we are most disappointed.
In our testing, the 8086K performs no better, and sometimes even scores a little lower, than the 8700K in every single benchmark. Likewise, Intel’s limited-edition CPU couldn’t overcome the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X’s multi-core advantage. This lack of extra performance also disappointingly extends to the in-game benchmarks.
We were so baffled that we reran every test five-times over just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, but sure enough, this 5GHz processor never pulls ahead of the chip it’s designed to outpace. click here to know more>>
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