AMD offers i7-8086K winners a Threadripper 1950X trade

Doris Richards
June 20, 2018

"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".

Earlier this month at Computex, Intel announced its Core i7-8086K processor to commemorate the 40 anniversary of the famed 8086 debut.

AMD, which is now enjoying the sensation of being more-or-less competitive with its larger rival for the first time since Intel dropped the Netburst microarchitecture, couldn't let such an offer lie, though. AMD goes on, to tease "We appreciate the advancements they've helped drive with the x86 architecture over the last four decades".

If you want a refresher on how the 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor performs, please head on over to the linked HEXUS review, from back in August previous year, to check through our extensive tests.

The Threadripper exchange program was announced on Twitter via the AMD Ryzen page, and full terms and conditions are up over at AMD's website.

Before lucky winners of Intel's chips get too excited, though, there's a pretty big catch: While cash-rich Intel gave away 8,086 of the processors across the globe, the somewhat more financially strapped AMD is opening its trade-in programme to just 40 - and they must be located in the US. However, the exact steps required to take AMD up on the lucrative offer won't be made clear until June 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT (that's 17:00 UTC for reference).

To be quite honest, this is a rather tempting deal from AMD considering that while the Core i7-8086K is a limited edition CPU, it is still a binned Core i7-8700K with 6-cores, 12-threads, 12MB of L3 cache. Regardless, those who do swap their Intel Core silicon for an AMD Threadripper chip will gain 10 cores and quad-channel memory, not to mention quite a bit of resale value.

Celebrating the past is neat, but here at AMD we are focused on the future and the next 40 years of high-performance computing.

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