AMD hijacks Intel giveaway, offering winners a chance to swap to Threadripper

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Well, if you thought AMD would ease off on the Intel slamming just because 50 is a grand year, you'd be sorely mistaken. "Thanks for helping us celebrate the 8086!"

This limited edition pre-binned hexacore CPU was launched in celebration of 40 years since the first 8086 processor - and accompanying x86 architecture and instruction set - that is still at the foundations for nearly all modern PCs and the majority of computers.

"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. We've put all the top CPUs from AMD and Intel through our benchmarking gauntlet to see which one comes out on top.

AMD says that steps for those that want to exchange the CPU will be available on June 25th at 1:00:00 PM EDT over at AMD's dedicated page. The red company has just launched a rather interesting campaign, which offer winners of Intel's Core i7-8086K Limited Edition Sweepstakes a chance to swap their newly won CPU with a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor-but only limited to 40 people.

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But if you're a big user of apps that can make use of multi-threading and spread across multiple cores, think video rendering or streaming content while gaming, then the Threadripper 1950X has Intel's fancy Core i7 beaten. Out of a potential 2,086 winners in the United States, only the first 40 to qualify will receive the offer. According to the leak, the 32-core 64-thread CPU will have a base clock of 3GHz with a boost up to 4GHz and XFR allowing up to 4.2GHz with a 250W TDP.

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. Before the chips were announced, the community was asking for something special to mark the occasion, and Intel delivered with the pre-binned chip.

AMD, which is now enjoying the sensation of being more-or-less competitive with its larger rival for the first time since Intel dropped the Netburst microarchitecture, couldn't let such an offer lie, though. THE Threadripper 1950X boasts a baked-in "game mode" that tweaks the chip's performance but still leaves it lagging behind a several of Intel's latest eighth-gen processors.

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