AMD is a master troll, and this time the company is targeting Intel's super-exciting and 40th anniversary CPU, the Core i7-8086K.
Intel is giving away 8086 limited edition processors as part of the celebration of the 8086 processor from 1978, and AMD has now swooped in offering to swap Core i7-8086Ks that people win in the sweepstakes (there are 40 being given away) with its flagship Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor.
There is a big win here for anyone who swaps the 8086K, as it is a 6C/12T processor that retails for around $469, while the Threadripper 1950X retails for $946, nearly $500 more.
You only have a few days left to do it, and you'll need to be living in the US to swap it over. AMD explained in its 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 IntelÂ® 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 Ryzenâ"¢ Threadripperâ"¢ 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.