AMD Will Trade Your Intel Core i7-8086 Win For A 16-Core 1950X Threadripper


In what is one of the most blunt, and brilliant, marketing campaigns ever, AMD has announced that they will freely trade your Intel Core i7-8086 Limited Edition processor for their Threadripper 1950X CPU. This is one of the greatest deals we have heard of and if you are one of the lucky winners that get a Core i7-8086 from the Intel Sweepstakes - AMD is giving you a choice to trade that in for a much more powerful CPU.

AMD wants to rain on Intel's parade by trading in the Core i7-8086 limited edition (sweepstake) CPUs with the Threadripper 1950X for free

The few caveats to the campaign is that it is only valid for the first 40 trades (Intel will be giving away 8086, Intel Core i7-8086 CPUs) and you must be from the US. According to AMD and due to certain legal complications they could not extend this campaign to the rest of the world.

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Here is what the company posted on their campaign:

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.

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.

The first 40 U.S.-based winners of the Intel® 8th Gen Core i7-8086k Limited Edition Sweepstakes (which opened on June 7, 2018 and closed on June 8, 2018) (“Competitor Sweepstakes”) to complete certain steps will be offered the opportunity to exchange their new, in-box prize processor for a flagship 16-core AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1950X processor built for the gamers and creators who need a processor that can do it all. Those steps will be communicated on this webpage on June 25 at 1:00:00 PM EDT. Check back on June 25 at 1:00:00 PM EDT for complete details on how to participate.

The Intel Core i7-8086 processor is a 6 core / 12 thread affair that can reach fairly high clocks due to being handpicked chips (called the silicon lottery) and are designed to commemorate their 40th anniversary. The Threadripper 1950X on the other hand is a 16-core/32 thread beast of a processor that has its place in history as disrupting the HEDT space in 2017. The cheapest retail part of the 8086 (not eligible for a trade-in) is $469 while the Threadripper 1950X retails for$946 - almost $500 above the 8086's cheapest variant.

All that said, you might also want to hold on to your Intel Core i7-8086 processor - especially if you win one from the sweepstakes. It is a limited edition processor and could be worth just as much as the Threadripper 1950X in a couple of years - if not more.

Would you make the trade?