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Intel responds to AMD's 'swap a Core i7-8086K for Threadripper' offer

By midian182 · 9 replies
Jun 20, 2018
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  1. Intel officially revealed the Core i7-8086K at the recent Computex event in Taiwan. Only 50,000 chips are being made, which commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 8086 processor.

    Part of the celebrations saw Intel launch a sweepstake on its website that offered people the chance to win 8,086 of these CPUs. The competition was only available for 24 hours between June 7 – 8, but AMD recently decided to reveal a related promotion of its own: 40 winners can swap their Intel CPU for one of the red team’s 16-core / 32-thread Threadripper processors.

    Not wanting to let such obvious trolling slide, Intel has responded with a tweet of its own. Directed at AMD, the firm wrote: “if you wanted an Intel Core i7-8086K processor too, you could have just asked us. :) Thanks for helping us celebrate the 8086!”

    While we’ve seen plenty of twitter wars between companies turn ugly, it seems both tech giants are having fun with this one.

    For those winners who do intend on exchanging their Core i7-8086K for a Threadripper, AMD will reveal details of the offer on June 25. It’s open to US residents, and only the first 40 people will qualify.

    The Core i7-8086K offers similar performance to the Core i7-8700K (our best no-compromise gaming CPU), though the base clock speed of 4.0GHz makes it 300MHz faster than the flagship’s base and single-core turbo frequencies. For multi-threaded workloads, however, it can’t match Threadripper, which is over $300 more expensive.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,868   +3,311

    Oh yeah, got to love competition .... maybe they'll offer this deal to everyone!
    treeski likes this.
  3. SirChocula

    SirChocula TS Maniac Posts: 174   +183

    If I was AMD, I would fire back instantly asking for a retail version of the "28 core @ 5ghz" and if it would run on a stock intel cooler, lol.
  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,360   +831

    In response to that, Intel CEO should take a selfie with Raja and Jim Keller.
    alabama man and Evernessince like this.
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,525   +2,835

    And in response to that AMD posts a pic of Intel picking them out of the trash.

    Come on people, keep this going!
  6. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Guru Posts: 465   +91

    As a gamer, I'd prefer the 8086 any day.
  7. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 619   +217

    In response to that intel posts benchmarks from some unknown blue GPU.
    Evernessince likes this.
  8. VBKing

    VBKing TS Enthusiast Posts: 54   +26

    In response to that, AMD should lend their CEO to Intel so they have a CEO for the picture.
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,360   +831

    That was great! Perfect timing too.
  10. urbanman2004

    urbanman2004 TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +22

    I'm for the i9-9900K ;)

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