Monday, June 18th 2018

Trade Your Intel Core i7-8086K for a Threadripper 1950X

AMD acknowledges Intel's contribution to the x86 architecture over the last 40 years. However, AMD is convinced that they are the leading company for future high-performance computing, and will "take it from here". That's why AMD will hold its own online sweepstakes to give the first 40 U.S.-based winners of the Intel sweepstakes the opportunity to swap their 6-core prize for a 16-core monster. To put things into perspective, the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X has 16 cores, 32 threads, 40 MB of cache, and 64 PCIe Gen3 lanes. Now that's something hard to pass up on! AMD's sweepstakes will go live on June 25 at 1:00:00 PM EDT. If you were one of the lucky Core i7-8086K winners and want to take up on AMD's offer, check this page for further details.

Update: Intel's response didn't take long. The company posted the following message to their Intel Gaming Twitter account: "if you wanted an Intel Core i7-8086K processor too, you could have just asked us. :)"
Source: AMD
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67 Comments on Trade Your Intel Core i7-8086K for a Threadripper 1950X

#1
CrAsHnBuRnXp
AMD seems like they would be losing money out on this considering the i7 8086 was around $450 or something and that threadripper is $799. Not to mention any winners would need to buy a new motherboard.
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#2
xkm1948
Can I trade my 10 core for the new 32 core TR2? Or I can settle with a 28 Core TR2 if possible. How does the math work? :D
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Raevenlord
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CrAsHnBuRnXp
AMD seems like they would be losing money out on this considering the i7 8086 was around $450 or something and that threadripper is $799. Not to mention any winners would need to buy a new motherboard.
But the 1950X doesn't cost even close to $799 to produce anyway, so AMD is losing on... users that wouldn't buy their Threadripper anyway, but who might also have to buy into the AMD platform with a full motherboard to actually use their offered Threadripper.

Add to that the brutal face-spanking, marketing nuclearization AMD gives Intel if users decide to actually trade in their super duper special Intel 8086 for a mass-produced Threadripper 1950X...

PS: Oh, not counting AMD doing a beautiful yard sale of the 40 limited-edition CPUs they'll get their hands on some 30 years from now... And selling them to Intel employees or some such evil scenario ;)

This is actually beautifully done.
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#4
chaosmassive
I think this are double win for AMD
- depleting old threadripper SKU before 2nd gen launched
- marketing/PR stunt and 'revenge' on what Intel did in Computex
CrAsHnBuRnXp
AMD seems like they would be losing money out on this considering the i7 8086 was around $450 or something and that threadripper is $799. Not to mention any winners would need to buy a new motherboard.
799 is retail price, I am pretty sure 'base price' would be much lower than that
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#5
the54thvoid
Well played AMD, this move has got some very cheeky nuts.
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#6
C.Mateos
Finally AMD is showing some spunk again. I would totally take the offer but i wonder if the prices would go up as a collectors item, especially if kept in mint condition
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Vayra86
Raevenlord
But the 1950X doesn't cost even close to $799 to produce anyway, so AMD is losing on... users that wouldn't buy their Threadripper anyway, but who might also have to buy into the AMD platform with a full motherboard to actually use their offered Threadripper.

Add to that the brutal face-spanking, marketing nuclearization AMD gives Intel if users decide to actually trade in their super duper special Intel 8086 for a mass-produced Threadripper 1950X...

PS: Oh, not counting AMD doing a beautiful yard sale of the 40 limited-edition CPUs they'll get their hands on some 30 years from now... And selling them to Intel employees or some such evil scenario ;)

This is actually beautifully done.
100% agreed was going to type up something along these lines.

Well played AMD, well played.
Darmok N Jalad
I don’t think money is the issue here, as this is more a form of advertising than it is salesmanship.

It’s also possible that many winners will also be seeking a new motherboard, so switching platforms wouldn’t be too much of a burden. I guess if you weren’t planning to do so, you can always say no to AMD.
I love how they're basically stealing Intel's 'glamorous' IHS print, because that's all the 8086k really is. Bonus points for getting Intel enthusiasts to the AMD camp - that will potentially change the mindshare in a big way.

Its also a nice touch of irony, one can now buy Intel to acquire AMD, that's a middle finger to rusted brand loyalty.
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Darmok N Jalad
CrAsHnBuRnXp
AMD seems like they would be losing money out on this considering the i7 8086 was around $450 or something and that threadripper is $799. Not to mention any winners would need to buy a new motherboard.
I don’t think money is the issue here, as this is more a form of advertising than it is salesmanship.

It’s also possible that many winners will also be seeking a new motherboard, so switching platforms wouldn’t be too much of a burden. I guess if you weren’t planning to do so, you can always say no to AMD.
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#9
mouacyk
I forgot that only intel fanboys signed up for the sweepstakes.
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#10
Ubersonic
CrAsHnBuRnXp
AMD seems like they would be losing money out on this considering the i7 8086 was around $450 or something and that threadripper is $799. Not to mention any winners would need to buy a new motherboard.
It's a publicity stunt, and a very cost effective one.
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#11
cucker tarlson
good deal even considering the added cost of x399 and TR's huge power consumption and heat you'd have to take into account, probably buy a new cooler too..... 0,0049% might be lucky.
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#12
windwhirl
I'm getting a kick out of watching AMD trade blows again with Intel. But this takes the cake.
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#13
silentbogo
The real question is: what are they going to do with those 8086Ks?


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Darmok N Jalad
cucker tarlson
good deal even considering the added cost of x399 and TR's huge power consumption and heat you'd have to take into account, probably buy a new cooler too..... 0,0049% might be lucky.
From what I can see, the 8086k sits at 115W at default, and the 1950X is just under 180W. When Anandtech OCed the 8086k to 5.0ghz all-core, the TDP rose to 175W. So I guess it depends on what your aim is with either. You won't get near as much OC out of the 1950X, but you have more threads and cores if that's your biggest need. Looks like you're likely to get more memory slots on the AMD platform, too. Really, I'd be curious to know if buyers would really compare these two products when parting out a new build.
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#15
DeathtoGnomes
This is one ballsy move by AMD. Downright Trollish!
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#16
yotano211
I think most winners will take up the offer but I'm sure they would sell the 1950x and use the money for other upgrades. The 1950x is fast but slower at playing games.
It's sure PR gold on AMD's part, many people are starting to talk about it.
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#18
HimymCZe
>"We will take it from here..."
This move haz BALLZZZzzz...
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#19
R-T-B
You people do realize this is a "sweepstakes" style tradein, right?

Only a lucky few get to do it.
silentbogo
The real question is: what are they going to do with those 8086Ks?



Only 40. 40 in the USA for that matter.
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#20
Vayra86
R-T-B
You people do realize this is a "sweepstakes" style tradein, right?

Only a lucky few get to do it.



Only 40. 40 in the USA for that matter.
Of course, but the effect is all the same :)
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#21
ASOT
Chino
the first 40 U.S.-based winners

Only 40 so limited ...pure marketing
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#22
Hood
AMD should just admit that TR is not selling well, and drop the price down to $400. Like the FX-9590, which started at $920, quickly dropped to $400,and now goes for $109 (TR has already dropped 25%). Or maybe they just want to finally get some good Intel systems in their offices, with an acceptable explanation for why they're using the competition's product. Personally I think few will make that trade, maybe a couple die-hard AMD fan who secretly entered the contest, hoping to win one and sell it. Either way AMD won't lose, because TR CPUs can't do them any good sitting on a shelf, might as well use them for a cheap advertising stunt. This could backfire on them, though, making them the laughingstock when nobody wants to trade.
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#23
R-T-B
Vayra86
Of course, but the effect is all the same :)
I dunno, if I was AMD I'd probably not do a HDD grinder but something more explosive and with publicity... ala mythbusters.
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#24
Caring1
A winner could always trade for the more expensive Threadripper, then sell that, buy a 8086K and use the extra cash for more parts, or some beers. :nutkick: :toast:
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#25
uberknob1
Hood
AMD should just admit that TR is not selling well, and drop the price down to $400. Like the FX-9590, which started at $920, quickly dropped to $400,and now goes for $109 (TR has already dropped 25%). Or maybe they just want to finally get some good Intel systems in their offices, with an acceptable explanation for why they're using the competition's product. Personally I think few will make that trade, maybe a couple die-hard AMD fan who secretly entered the contest, hoping to win one and sell it. Either way AMD won't lose, because TR CPUs can't do them any good sitting on a shelf, might as well use them for a cheap advertising stunt. This could backfire on them, though, making them the laughingstock when nobody wants to trade.
We have some inside info here, not a troll by AMD but a desperate measure to sell TR as they are gathering dust whereby Intel's awesome 30yr tributes 8086k's are selling like hotcakes, I mean seriously, who in their right mind would want an awesome intel 6c/12t CPU replaced by a 16c/32t threadcrapper? Intel 4eva!!!!!1 P.S AMD sux donkey ballz
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