The limited-edition Intel Core i7-8086K hexa-core processor is Intel’s way of paying homage to the 40th anniversary of its iconic 8086 microprocessor that set the foundations for the x86 architecture.
The Intel Core i7-8086K isn’t just a simple trophy for processor collectors, though. It’s actually the first processor in the company’s history to ship with a turbo frequency of 5 GHz out of the box. Unfortunately, Intel only guarantees that frequency on a single core. Enthusiasts who want to take advantage of the chip’s full potential will have to overclock the remaining five cores manually. Given the inconsistency between processors, it’s safe to say that not all Intel Core i7-8086K samples can run stable at 5 GHz on all six cores. Also, not everyone is fond of spending enormous amounts of time to overlock their processors. That’s where Silicon Lottery comes in.
Silicon Lottery, a company dedicated to selling pre-overclocked processors, announced yesterday the availability of the Intel Core i7-8086K processors on its website. Unlike Intel, Silicon Lottery’s processors run at the advertised speed across all cores. The Texas-based company currently offers four models to the enthusiast crowd. The 5 GHz binned model is stable with a 1.4V CPU Vcore and costs $469.99, while the company bumped the slightly-faster 5.1 GHz model's Vcore up to 1.41V and the price to $499.99. The third model can run at 5.2 GHz with 1.425V and costs $589.99. The highest-binned model clocks in at an impressive frequency of 5.3 GHz with a CPU Vcore of 1.435V. However, it carries an eye-watering $859.99 price tag.
The cherry-picked Intel Core i7-8086K processors have all received the delid treatment from Silicon Lottery. The company has replaced Intel’s stock thermal compound with Thermal Grizzly’s high-performance Conductonaut liquid metal compound, which can lower peak core temperatures anywhere from 15°C to 25°C. Just as if you were buying a processor from Intel itself, Silicon Lottery ships its processors with the original packaging. They also back them up with a one-year warranty that includes a one-time replacement.