Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition CPU Review

Unboxing & A Closer Look

Like all of Intel’s review sample chips, the lid is marked with ‘Intel Confidential’, a Q-code and the base clock speed.


All samples show up in a small black box like above, which really isnt much to look at. Thankfully, N-Gen PC’s let us borrow a Retail boxed chip, so we’ll take a look at that one for this section.

While the i7-8086K’s front may look very similar to other 8th generation packaging, the box is quite different. Also, note the “Limited Edition” stamp on the lower edge of the box.

It’s been awhile since Intel has used a 40-pin CPU, this is interesting to see! Wait… oops… That’s actually the 40 year old 8086, not the i7-8086K.

That’s better, The CPU is visible through the window in the rear but on this packaging is oriented upright which makes it easy to read.

The Model and Base clock are laser etched on the lid of the CPU.

Features are pretty similar to the current i7-8700K flagship.

The label on the side that shows a ton of almost undecipherable information is in its usual spot.

Unlike other 8th gen CPU’s, the box splits into two pieces that slide together, front and back. Inside is a new holder that cradles the GPU rather than the usually folded cardboard.

Beyond the usual manual, you also get a Thank-you letter from the (former) Intel CEO as well as a Certificate of Authenticity for the commemorative processor.

Were we hoping to see the case sticker changed to something like the red logo you see online, but alas, you only get the usual 8th Gen Core i7 sticker.

The insert holds the clear clamshell and nearly acts like a display pedestal.

The actual CPU clamshell packaging is the same one that has been used for more than a decade now, nothing new here.

The front of the CPU looks pretty familiar. We can’t lie here, we really hoped for a logo or something to commemorate the original 8086 CPU, but the markings (that you will never see in use) are pretty much the same.

The rear of the CPU looks like any other 1,151 pin LGA CPU. There are dozens of micro surface mount components in the center with the pins around it.

A quick comparison of 40 years of progress. Only a difference of 1,111 pins.

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