TAIPEI — Intel has taken to the stage at Computex to announce the Core i7-8086K, an hommage to its classic 8086 CPU on its 40th anniversary. Billed as a limited edition CPU, it is Intel's first processor to be marketed with a clock frequency of 5.0GHz, albeit of the single-core turbo variety. The 8086K sits atop the Coffee Lake desktop range with a six-core, twelve thread configuration.

Intel Core i7-8086K next to Intel 8086 processor

In-store availability of the i7-8086K is set for June 8th — exactly 40 years after the original 8086 went on sale.

Later on at the same keynote it also announced a 28-core, single-socket CPU system, set to be launched at the end of the year. A live demo was held on stage, with the processor producing a full 7334 CB-CPU in Cinebench R15, rendering with 56 threads simultaneously. Exact product family and additional specifications are unclear, although the audience was led to believe that all cores were running at 5.0GHz during the benchmark.

— Jonas Klar is an editor for EE Times Asia