Launched in mid-1978, the 8086 CPU with its backward compatible x86 instruction set was Intel’s first fully 16-bit microprocessor. When you look at how widespread the x86 instruction set is in the computing world today, it’s hard to believe it was only meant to be a short-lived stepping stone to distract the market. Designed to be source-compatible with older 8008 through 8085 CPU’s while adopting a full 16-bit processing pipeline, the 8086 was only supposed to hold onto Intel’s comparatively small and much-contested market share until the highly ambitious iAPX 432 32-bit processor design project (initially known as Intel 8800) was ready for primetime. There is something to be said for backward compatibility and the 8086 took off and was quickly revised and refined into the basis of what we all know today. 40 years of x86 later, and half a century for the company as a whole, Intel pays homage to that little stepping stone that propelled them to the blue juggernaut we all know today with the Limited Edition Intel Core i7-8086K.
So if the 8086 is 40 years old, what exactly is the i7-8086K?
The Intel i7 8086K is a commemorative processor that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first 8086 processor.
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Intel’s take on the i7-8086K
Intel celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first 8086 processor today by announcing the availability of its new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8086K limited-edition processor. The commemorative processor delivers Intel’s best desktop gaming performance with the power for advanced content creation and productivity.
The 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086K processor celebrates Intel’s introduction of the first processor in the x86 series and the first 8086 microprocessor. Introduced on June 8, 1978, the original 8086 was the first 16-bit processor and the first processor capable of modern personal computing.
Why It’s Important: The new Intel Core i7-8086K processor delivers a fresh series of firsts. It features 6-cores, 12-threads and integrated graphics in an 1151-pin package supporting a 64-bit instruction set. And, it’s the first Intel processor to deliver up to 5.0 GHz single-core turbo frequency and Intel’s first 6-core processor with a 4.0 GHz base frequency out of the box. Higher frequency allows for improved single-threaded performance, which can be utilized across several gaming and content creation applications. The Intel Core i7-8086K processor also comes fully unlocked for overclocking.
Its Place in History: In addition to commemorating the x86 architecture, the Intel Core i7-8086K celebrates another major milestone: Intel’s 50th anniversary and the celebration of its role in the technology industry and in driving innovation.
This year, Intel and its employees join together to celebrate a half-century of innovation that has profoundly changed the world, from power conservation and processors that fit on a pencil tip to conflict-free mineral sourcing and improving the quality of education for girls and underserved communities around the world.
Die Shot of Intel’s 8th generation Core processors. More than 2 Billion transistors at a size of 14nm.
Die shot of the Original Intel 8086 CPU. 29,000 transistors at a size of 3000 nm