Intel Core i7-8086K Limited Edition CPU Review

System Configuration & General System Performance


CPU: Intel Core i7-8086K

Ram: 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200Mhz

GPU: Galax HOF GTX 1070

Mobo: ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex

SSD: Samsung 960 Pro 2TB

Cooling: Custom 240mm loop, EK Supremacy Evo CPU block, EKWB PE 240mm radiator


Performance Testing

General Performance Testing

All performance testing was done with the i7-8086K and GTX 1070 at default clock speed. CPU was left with Speed Step and Turbo Boost enabled. ASUS Multi-Core Enhancement was not enabled. Games where ran at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and higher settings enabled as noted.

PCMark 8

“Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.”

We expect the 8700K and commemorative 8086K to be very close on most of the tests as the 8086K is a factory binned version of the former, and it does not disappoint. The home and work test suites of PCMark 8 trade blows between the CPU’s but the Creative category surges to first place overall by a fair margin.

PCMark 10

PCMark 10 is the complete benchmark for the modern office. It is the ideal test for organizations that are evaluating PCs for a workforce with a range of performance needs. The tests in this benchmark cover a wide range of activities from everyday productivity tasks to demanding work with digital media content.

PCMark 10 uses a modular approach to build relevant benchmark tests around common end-user scenarios. A Test Group is a collection of workloads that share a common theme or purpose. There are four test groups in PCMark 10, we use three of them.

Essentials: covers the common, everyday ways that people use a PC. The workloads include Web Browsing, Video Conferencing, and App Start-up time.

Productivity: measures system performance with everyday office applications. This test group includes the Spreadsheets and Writing workloads.

Digital Content Creation: This test group’s workload reflects the demands of working with digital content and media. The tests include Photo Editing, Video Editing, and Rendering and Visualization.

PCMark 10 looks similar with the 8086K dominating the Productivity category and just barely holding the edge overall.

WebXPRT 2015

WebXPRT 2013 uses scenarios created to mirror the tasks you do every day to compare the performance of almost any Web-enabled device. It contains four HTML5- and JavaScript-based workloads: Photo Effects, Face Detect, Stocks Dashboard, and Offline Notes.  WebXPRT is run with the latest stable release version of Google Chrome browser, in this case, Version 61.

The higher Stock and single threaded Turbo Boost clocks really help give the edge here as the i7-8086K pulls in the highest score we’ve seen to date.

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