AMD Exchanges your 8086K for a Threadripper 1950X

Intel i7 8086K

AMD is allowing those who received the free Core i7-8086K processor to exchange it for the company's own Threadripper 1950X.

Okay, so, you purchased a Core i7 8086K for 450 bucks, and now you can swap it at AMD for that 16-core Threadripper 1950X.

This limited edition pre-binned hexacore CPU was launched in celebration of 40 years since the first 8086 processor - and accompanying x86 architecture and instruction set - that is still at the foundations for nearly all modern PCs and the majority of computers. AMD was keen to note that "they appreciate the advancements they've (Intel) helped drive with the x86 architecture over the last four decades", they are "ready to take it from here".

For those that did win a processor, AMD is offering up a tantalizing deal to rain on Intel's parade.

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At Computex 2018, Intel officially announced it was releasing the Core i7-8086K, a special edition processor that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the 8086, which debuted as the first x86 processor on June 8, 1978.

AMD is doing all it can to disrespect Intel right now. What do you think of AMD's latest troll, or how Intel has handled it so far?

"That's why we're giving 40 performance-hungry enthusiasts in the USA 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". 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.

Intel, amusingly, has swiped back at its smaller rival in good-natured fashion, taking to its social media channels to suggest that 'if you [AMD] wanted an Intel Core i7-8086K processor too, you could have just asked us. Only 40 Threadripper 1950Xs are on offer for the exchange, given out on a first come, first serve basis. Last but not least, Intel made the processors available at retail.

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