AMD hijacks Intel giveaway, offering winners a chance to swap to Threadripper

AMD Scoffs At Intel Core i7-8086K Anniversary Giveaway With Ballsy Threadripper Trade-In Offer

Of course, there is also a slight difference in price of around U.S. $325, since the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X is selling for United States $749.99 and the Core i7-8086K goes for USA $424.99. But, Intel hasn't let this slight pass on by unchallenged, and has taken to Twitter to respond to AMD's affront. 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".

Recently, to commemorate the launch of the first x86-based processor, Intel released the Core i7-8086K, a 5GHz-clocked (Turbo) six-core chip that's significantly faster than the original 8086 (which can't run Crysis, as one useful example).

In the numbers game, AMD might have Intel pipped. Balking at a mere six-core chip, AMD has made a decision to throw a wrench into Intel's gears by offering the first 40 winners of this giveaway an interesting barter: swap that six-core for a sixteen-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. AMD's sample also boasts an impressive 16 MB L2 + 64 MB L3 cache memory setup, while the TDP will not surpass 250 W so that current gen TR4 motherboards remain compatible with the new HEDT processors.

"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".

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You can check out the official announcement page here, which is where further information will be provided. 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.

But if you're a big user of apps that can make use of multi-threading and spread across multiple cores, think video rendering or streaming content while gaming, then the Threadripper 1950X has Intel's fancy Core i7 beaten. Only 40 Threadripper 1950Xs are on offer for the exchange, given out on a first come, first serve basis.

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

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