AMD offers Threadripper upgrade for Intel special edition chip winners

Joanna Estrada
June 20, 2018

As part of the festivities, Intel announced a sweepstakes in which it would give away 8,086 CPUs during a 24-hour span.

Intel's sweepstake offering up 8,086 limited edition processors is a great way to celebrate one of the most famous computer chips on the planet.

In the numbers game, AMD might have Intel pipped.

"If you wanted an Intel Core i7 8086K processor too, you could have just asked us", Intel Gaming says in a response on Twitter. Kidding aside, if you're really interested, you'll have to head over to this page and "complete certain steps".

Now AMD is offering to replace 40 of the winners' chips with its own 16-core 32-thread $799 Threadripper processors, thus throwing a marketing wrench into Intel's 40th-anniversary celebration.

AMD has hit back at Intel's Core i7-8086K Limited Edition giveaway promotion, launching a tongue-in-cheek - but entirely genuine - offer of its own: If you win one of Intel's top-end six-core chips, you can trade it in with AMD for a 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. 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". 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). But it is also noteworthy that "winners" of AMD's competing sweepstakes will have to pony up for a much more expensive X399 motherboard with the TR4 socket, which now retail for more than $300, instead of Intel's less-expensive 300-series motherboards.

Celebrating the past is neat, but here at AMD we are focused on the future and the next 40 years of high-performance computing. During Computex where Intel tried to steal the show with a somewhat mythical 28-core CPU (that needed extreme cooling to run at its rated 5GHz clock speed) AMD swiftly followed it up by showing off its new Threadripper 2 chips, which will go up to 32 cores and 64 threads.

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