Intel is giving away 8,000 retro-inspired Core i7-8086 chips

Intel is 50 years old

Above Intel is 50 years

Intel is a lot different from what it was back then and it has made significant advancements in processor technology over the past four decades.

This week at Computex Intel announced the limited edition i7-8086K processor, as an homage to the original Intel 8086 which was originally released in 1978. Specifically, Intel is looking to improve the PC as the platform that people turn to when they need to roll up their sleeves and get some work done.

Intel's new beast is a huge 28C/56T processor that will compete with Threadripper 2 later this year from AMD, and ASUS was showing it off smashing through some awesome Cinebench results.

Intel's big announcement yesterday at Computex was Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake eighth-generation Core processors alongside showing off a prototype 28-core chip. Rather than focussing on single-core performance, AMD's chips focus on boosting the amount of cores, with some processors featuring up to 16 cores.

Intel is celebrating its 50th anniversary next month, but also the 40th anniversary of the x86 architecture and 8086 microprocessor.

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The 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-8086K has been built on Intel's 14nm process and offers a base frequency of 4GHz and a "turbo" frequency of 5GHz. Intel is actually planning to auction 8,086 of these CPUs on a sweepstakes site (you can sign up here starting on Thursday June 7, at 5 PM EDT).

NOT ONE TO HIDE its light under a bushel, Intel has declared that its fancy new display tech can cut screen power-slurpage by half.

We saw the unreleased chip running with all 28 cores hitting 5GHz while, even with the 7980XE hitting the same frequency when overclocked, the previous megacore chip could only manage 5,029 in the same benchmark.

Intel also announced that Sprint is joining it as a partner to bring 5G, Intel-based PCs to markets around the world. In all, it sounds like PC will be a major focus for Intel as we move through the rest of 2018 and into 2019, and that's definitely exciting to see.

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