AMD Exchanges your 8086K for a Threadripper 1950X

The Core i7-8086K is a 6-core (12-thread) processor that's capable of boosting to 5GHz out of the box, the latter being the big selling point. "Thanks for helping us celebrate the 8086!"

"We appreciate the advancements they [Intel] have helped drive with the x86 architecture over the last four decades", AMD says in a press release on its website. We've put all the top CPUs from AMD and Intel through our benchmarking gauntlet to see which one comes out on top. The company has responded with an offer of its own: Winners of the sweepstake can send their chip to AMD and receive a 16-core 32-thread (16c32t) Ryzen Threadripper 1950X chip by return post - and can thus 'celebrate the next 40 years of high-performance computing by trading in their commemorative processor prize for our CPU that enables you to work, play and create with heavy metal.

You only have a few days left to do it, and you'll need to be living in the USA to swap it over.

"Our competitor recently kicked off a sweepstake to celebrate the first 40 years of the x86 processor by giving away 8,086 limited edition processors. But, we're ready to take it from here", AMD said, emptying both barrels of the shade shotgun at Intel's direction.

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"That's why we're giving 40 performance-hungry enthusiasts in the U.S. an opportunity to celebrate the next 40 years of high-performance computing by trading in their commemorative processor prize for our CPU that enables you to work, play and create with heavy metal". Once the processor is received, AMD will ship you a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X.

If you qualify for the trade-up, why didn't you tell us you won? To be selected, you'll need to be one of the first 40 people to complete a series of steps, which the company says it will explain on June 25, at 1pm EDT. In the real-world, chip-savvy folk will already have decided what type of processor they want for the machine they're building or upgrading.

But, there's no love lost between Intel and AMD and a little good-natured trolling goes a long way in online marketing.

Intel at Computex 2018 officially announced the Core i7-8086K, a limited edition processor (only 50,000 examples are being made) to commemorate the 40 anniversary of the original 8086 processor released on June 8, 1978.

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