Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Intel’s 5GHz Core i7-8086K, low power displays wow at Computex reveals

Intel’s 5GHz Core i7-8086K, low power displays wow at Computex reveals

We know that AMD is releasing a new Threadripper 2 model here at Computex, purportedly with 32 cores, and Intel's announcement that it will ship a 28-core model this year is clearly created to steal some of AMD's thunder before its announcement.

One of the main highlights of the show was when Bryant unveiled PCs powered by a 28-core single socket processor running at 5GHz. This higher frequency allows for improved single-threaded performance and consistently high frame rates, which will be beneficial for content creation applications.

According to a report from Tom's Hardware, Intel will give away 8,086 of the limited edition CPUs via an online portal which is yet to go live. It's open to residents of the US, Canada, Germany France, UK, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and China. Participants will have a 24-hour window in which to enter the sweepstakes, and this is said to start June 7th 2018 at 5PM PST. We also grabbed pics of the internals of Intel's test system. Winners will be notified via the email address they provide on the entry site within two weeks.

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After the sweepstakes, the Intel Core i7-8086K will be available for purchase at retailers on June 8, the actual 40th anniversary of the Intel 8086 processor. Delivery of the processor could take up to six to eight weeks after winners are contacted and can confirm delivery details. As this is a limited edition processor, some have speculated that Intel will only product 50,000 units.

Intel didn't announce how much the chip would cost, though the competition website lists its average retail price as $425. The 8086K pays homage to one of the most important moments in tech history, and that guaranteed 5GHz boost speed is nothing to scoff at. Set to debut before the end of the year, it tacks on an extra 10-cores more than Intel's Core i9-7980XE, which is itself a $2,000 CPU, so don't expect this new chip to be cheap.

And Intel will be giving away 8,086 of the Core i7 microprocessors in a competition on Thursday, with residents in the United Kingdom among those invited to take part.

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