AMD offers winners of Intel's Core i7-8086K contest a 16-core Threadripper CPU instead

Shade thrown.

Credit: Martyn Williams/IDG

If you’re one of the lucky 8,086 people who won a limited-edition 5GHz Core i7-8086K CPU from Intel, AMD says it has better offer for you: Its offering 40 people who won the 8086K a straight-up exchange for a 16-core Threadripper 1950X CPU.

This all started when Intel announced a limited-edition Coffee Lake S-based 5GHz Core i7-8086K to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first CPU: the 8086. Besides selling the limited-edition chip, Intel also ran a contest to give away 8,086 of the CPUs.

Now AMD is throwing shade.

“Our competitor recently kicked off a sweepstakes to celebrate the first 40 years of the x86 processor by giving away 8,086 limited edition processors,” AMD officials said in post. “We appreciate the advancements they’ve helped drive with the x86 architecture over the last four decades. But, we’re ready to take it from here. 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.”

8086k box Intel

If you won a Core i7-8086K would you trade it for a Threadripper?

So much snark

If you didn’t read AMD’s announcement closely you might have missed the snark, but make no mistake, it’s crafted for maximum disrespect: In essence, AMD attaches the Core i7-8086K to the last 40 years, and positions Threadripper as the forward-looking alternative.

Naturally, AMD goes on to answer the obvious question: “Why would I want a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X?”

“We’ll let the numbers do the talking: 16 cores. 32 threads. 64 PCIe Gen3 lanes. 40MB cache. Need more? Unrestrained performance for all your workloads,” says the company, in the most hater voice possible.

The rivalry between Intel and AMD has been heating up since AMD’s first Ryzen CPU was released last year

Core i7-8086K vs. Threadripper 1950X

If you’re wondering which CPU would win, our own tests of the Threadripper 1950X versus the Core i7-8700K, which the Core i7-8086K is based on, is inconclusive. Each excels in certain tasks. There’s one measure that’s indisputable, however: economics.

Today, you can find the 5GHz Core i7-8086K for $425, while the 16-core Threadripper 1950X goes for $800.

Exchange details

To do the exchange, AMD says you have to be 18 and live in the United States. You’ll also need to enter to win. And no kids, this doesn’t mean you can buy a retail 8086K and enter—AMD says the contest is only open to those who won the Intel CPU as part of the two-day giveaway. AMD’s own contest for the exchange will occur on June 25 at 1 p.m. EDT.

Granted, AMD’s contest isn’t as generous as Intel’s, which gave away about $3.5 million worth of CPUs, but that’s clearly not AMD’s point. Instead AMD is taking the tack that shade thrown is better than shade not thrown.

ryzen threadripper 1950x 5 Gordon Mah Ung/IDG

AMD is doing all it can to disrespect Intel right now.

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