Latest Performance Desktop Build – Playing with the Intel 8086k CPU

Erik’s Toys and our Latest Performance Desktop Build

I’ve been due for a desktop upgrade for a while now, and have been hindered in some of the performance testing I’ve wanted to do.  To remedy this several weeks back I ordered the components for a new desktop build.  Some of the components I’ve written about previously and are well known, like NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 Ti, and some new like Intel’s 8086k CPU.  If you’re interested in the 8086 (versus the 8700k) or looking to build yourself a new system this article is here to get you started.


Here is the full component list including Amazon links if you’d like to get any of these individual parts or want to build your own full system:

Table with components

Intel i7-8086k Limited Edition CPU

Corsair H150i Pro Liquid Cooler

Asus Prime Z370-A Motherboard

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB RAM

Samsung 970 Pro 512GB M.2 SSD

Asus ROG GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Video Card

EVGA 750 G3 Power Supply

Rosewill Cullinan Gaming Case


The CPU is Intel’s i7 8086k Limited Edition.  This is the fastest (and most expensive) i7 processor currently available from Intel.  In the video above I discuss the CPU itself and do a short cryptocurrency hashing benchmark test. This shows single threaded tasks at 5.3Ghz and all 6 cores running concurrently at 5Ghz (stock is 5Ghz and 4.7Ghz respectively).  Note however that at the time of writing this article I had a crash while doing the video editing and have since pulled back a little.

In the parts list above you’ll also notice that I’m water cooling.  I imagine through more testing I could get better speed out of the CPU, but for now that’ll do.


Having fast storage is one of the best (and often inexpensive) ways to help keep your computer running quickly.  What should be the standard nowadays is some NVMe based storage in your M.2 slot.  I’ve written about Samsung’s offerings here previously and for my latest build decided to use their latest generation product, the 970 Pro.  I could have saved a few dollars with the EVO version, but ended up selecting the Pro as it has slightly faster write speeds and a higher MTBF.

Samsung Pro 970 Benchmark
Quick Samsung Pro 970 Benchmark – it doesn’t disappoint


For now I’m reusing one of my NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti‘s.  This video card is in all honesty far more than I need for my daily use and some occasional gaming.  The plan is to replace this with one of NVIDIA’s recently announced RTX 2080 Ti‘s which should be available later in the year.  Be sure to subscribe and I’ll post an article on that when I can get my hands on one.

Hope you found this interesting, be sure to comment as I’d love to hear what you have to say about this article!


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Marcin Markowski
Marcin Markowski
3 years ago

maybe try overclock by fsb it shold go 150 esyly even 162 mhz just dont forget to change ddr speed if u got 3000 turn off xmp and set 2133 (will got 3200) undervolt cpu 0.05v and set 1.360v on ram u will got 40% more hashing power with under 110w

btw your name sounds like… Polisch its my country XD

and question, is there ku115 availble still or sold out?

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