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The Intel Core i7-8086K hits 5GHz without overclocking

Intel Core i7-8086K

Rumors and leaks about the Intel Core i7-8086K have been all over the web, so it was almost inevitable that we would see it at Computex 2018 – and now it’s finally official.

As previous reports suggested, the Intel Core i7-8068K is the brand’s most souped-up Coffee Lake desktop processor to date. Intel calls it the first ever CPU to reach a 5.0GHz turbo frequency – and that’s all without overclocking the chip.

Otherwise the processor is outfitted with six cores and 12 threads, plus a base clockspeed of 4.0GHz. Comparatively, that’s 300GHz faster than the company’s previous Coffee Lake flagship Intel Core i7-8700K, and its TDP is still rated at the same 95W.

The processor was announced as part of the run-up to Intel's 50th anniversary on June 18. As part of the festivities, Intel plans on giving away 8,086 Intel Core i7-8086K processors via a sweepstakes on its website.

The way forward

Aside from the new processor, Intel talked about the future of its product lines. On the mobile side, Intel is planning a few more new mobile entries in the Amber Lake Y-series and Whiskey Lake U-series. Supposedly, these new mobile chipsets will deliver up to "double-digit" improvements over the current Coffee Lake series.

New X-series and next-generation S-series chips are also on the roadmap for desktops processors later this year, so we may well see Cannon Lake sooner than we thought.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is the Hardware and Roundups Editor at IGN Entertainment. Prior to IGN Entertainment, he worked at TechRadar.