The 5GHz desktop CPU is official: This is the Intel Core i7-8086K

Intel launched the iconic 8086 processor 40 years ago, with its debut marking a watershed moment in computing history. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 8086, Intel is launching the Core i7-8086K.

The 8086 had a 5MHz frequency, and as an homage to the chipset the Core i7-8086K goes all the way up to 5GHz, becoming the first CPU from the company to do so.

The i7-8086K has a 5.0GHz boost clock with a base clock of 4.0GHz. The hexa-core CPU is built on the same platform as the Core i7-8700K, which goes up to 4.7GHz, but with increased frequencies. The 8086K slots into a 300-series motherboard, and being an unlocked SKU, you'll be able to overclock it beyond 5GHz.

The Core i7-8086K will go on sale starting June 8 — which is the same day the 8086 launched 40 years ago — and Intel has announced that it will give away 8,086 units of the CPU as a way of thanking its community.

You'll be able to enter the contest by heading to Intel's sweepstakes site, which will go live shortly.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.