Well, if you thought AMD would ease off on the Intel slamming just because 50 is a grand year, you'd be sorely mistaken. On its promotion page, the company holds absolutely nothing back: "We appreciate the advancements they've (Intel) helped drive with the x86 architecture over the last four decades".
Earlier this month at Computex, Intel announced its Core i7-8086K processor to commemorate the 40 anniversary of the famed 8086 debut. We've put all the top CPUs from AMD and Intel through our benchmarking gauntlet to see which one comes out on top. Balking at a mere six-core chip, AMD has chose 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. But, we're 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).
Intel, amusingly, has swiped back at its smaller rival in good-natured fashion, taking to its social media channels to suggest that 'if you [AMD] wanted an Intel Core i7-8086K processor too, you could have just asked us. AMD has a long list of terms and conditions on its site, below you can find the AMD announcement.
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"That's why we're giving 40 performance-hungry enthusiasts in the United States 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". Only 40 Threadripper 1950Xs are on offer for the exchange, given out on a first come, first serve basis. For reference, AMD's own 32-core, 64-thread Epyc 7601 has to hold to a 2.2-GHz base clock, a 2.7-GHz all-core boost speed, and a 3.2-GHz maximum boost clock to stay within a 180-W TDP.
The Cinebench R15 tests revealed that AMD's chip is a smidge faster than the Intel competition.
To be quite honest, this is a rather tempting deal from AMD considering that while the Core i7-8086K is a limited edition CPU, it is still a binned Core i7-8700K with 6-cores, 12-threads, 12MB of L3 cache.