Intel Core i7-8086K Coffee Lake Hexacore CPU Review

A photo of the Intel 8086k processor packaging( Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel released their 8086 CPU back in 1978 that became the rise of the x86 architecture that CPU manufacturers based their current architecture off of. Now, 40 years later, Intel decided to celebrate their success by making an 8th Gen CPU that would be like no other. The CPU was a disappointing tribute to the 8086 that made Intel what they are today. That is the i7 Coffee Lake 8086K.  

A photo of the original Intel 8086 processor from 1978 next to the new Intel Core i7-8086K limited edition processor. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

This CPU has impressive specs when it comes to clock speed and that is about it. However it wasn’t what I expected for a limited edition CPU.

  • 8th Gen Coffee Lake
  • 6 Cores and 12 Threads
  • Base Frequency of 4.00 GHz (5.00 GHz Turbo)
  • 12 MB of SmartCache
  • TDP of 95 Watts

It is one of the first to hit the 5 GHz clock speed. However, it does not run 5 GHz on all cores, it matches benchmark scores with the 8700K, and its basically a glorified 8700K. With the $463.54 price tag from Newegg, it sees no use. It doesn’t even have stock cooling with the CPU. The 8700K comes at a price of $369.99 from Newegg.

These reviews from AnandTech and Techradar support the fact that the 8086K is very underwhelming. I would recommend the 8700K over the 8086K because it’s cheaper, it has the same benchmark scores, and the only difference between the two is a mere 300 MHz.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

References: Newegg, AnandTech, Techradar, and Intel.


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