AMD offers i7-8086K winners a Threadripper 1950X trade-in

If you signed up for Intel's Core i7-8086K giveaway, won one, and have no intent of actually using it, you've got another option open to you now. AMD will be offering US residents a trade-in deal: give us the i7-8086K that you won, and we'll give you a 16-core Threadripper 1950X in return.

To make good on the deal, you will have to have won Intel's sweepstakes—this isn't a way to save $375 on a Threadripper 1950X for the general public. AMD says it has 40 of its flagship CPUs ready for folks who would rather give up the i7-8086K's 5-GHz single-core clock for the many-core grunt and quad-channel memory of the massive TR4 CPU.

If you qualify for the trade-up, why didn't you tell us you won? Kidding aside, if you're really interested, you'll have to head over to this page and “complete certain steps.” What exactly those steps are won't become clear until June 25, so watch that page on that date to find out what you need to do.

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    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    For those wondering why AMD is doing this, this is why :

    Because Intel told all resellers not to sell AMD an 8086K because, as nice as it is to celebrate 40 years of x86, AMD has also always been a thorn in Intel’s side for much of those 40 years. So, in retaliation and to show once and for all just how much of a thorn they can be, AMD is doing this.

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    Someone at AMD wants those Intel chips for gaming and convinced Lisa to green light this.

    Seriously though, not cool, AMD marketing. Intel could return the favor by saying, “Our products are so good even the competition is willing to trade away their chips for them!”

      • elites2012
      • 1 year ago

      AMD is doing it so their wont be that many out in consumer hands. intel did the same thing yrs ago with the amd mobile chips.

    • chrcoluk
    • 1 year ago

    Do people outside USA not matter to AMD or something?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      Interested to know how you came to that conclusion. Can you please explain?

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    I still have zero email confirmation from Intel that I even entered the sweepstakes, other than the webpage saying that [s<]harvesting of my email address[/s<] my entry was complete. Not remotely impressed with Intel's management of this competition yet. I figured a big company like Intel might handle it a little more professionally. Not even a "[i<]we're sorry you didn't win, how about checking out this <insert marketing link>[/i<]"

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      We all know you’re sad because AMD isn’t giving away chips outside the U.S. but taking out your angst on Intel isn’t going to solve your problems.

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        No need for that, I* already have eight 1950X nodes in the renderfarm here. I was just expecting more from Intel’s 8086K marketing stunt than what I’ve currently seen, which is [i<]almost nothing[/i<]. * - Not personally, though since I built them and they're in my department they're available for personal use if I so choose, within reason.

          • ronch
          • 1 year ago

          You can run Crysis on your ThreadRipper farm and if someone calls you out, tell them, “I’m playing Crysis and my reason is to have fun. That’s well within reason.”

            • Chrispy_
            • 1 year ago

            Naw man, it can’t run Crysis.

            Nothing can run Crysis.

        • ronch
        • 1 year ago

        The reason why he’s sad along with many others is because they all didn’t get a CONFIRMATION from Intel regarding one way or the other. I think Intel needs YOU.

      • Mr Bill
      • 1 year ago

      No confirmation for me either.

      • geniekid
      • 1 year ago

      The best part is in the rules it states multiple entries disqualifies all entries from that participant. But given how broken their website was, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people were automatically disqualified by the system just because they kept *submitting* until they were able to see a confirmation screen.

      • Ninjitsu
      • 1 year ago

      I know one person that actually won a chip (they posted a screenshot of the mail).

        • Waco
        • 1 year ago

        My wife won as well. She also got in for the swap for a 1950X. 🙂

    • Mr Bill
    • 1 year ago

    Now I actually wish I had won an 8086K.

      • Mr Bill
      • 1 year ago

      Hmm, they say two weeks after entries, they will notify. Still have a few days to possibly have won. Whoot?

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        Yes, but then you have to live in the U.S. and since of course EVERY winner of an 8086K will be kicking down AMD’s door, you only have a chance of 40 / 2086 = 1.9% of getting your threads ripped.

        THANKS AMD!

          • Mr Bill
          • 1 year ago

          EVERY? Um, did you actually read the rules? I forsee no problem, except winning; that’s a problem.

    • DPete27
    • 1 year ago

    What does AMD want with my 8086K?……

      • jihadjoe
      • 1 year ago

      Build a bitchin’ fast gaming rig with it, obviously!

        • psuedonymous
        • 1 year ago

        [url=https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-project-quantum-intel-cpu,29430.html<]Project Quantum II[/url<]?

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    Exactly what I’d expect from a Completely Petty Universe marketing team. 😀

    Not to be confuse with their Generally Pretty Unreasonable marketing team.

    • Mat3
    • 1 year ago

    What’s the point of this? Why don’t they just do their own give-away?

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      Stop using logic! This is our officially-sanctioned [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Minutes_Hate<]two minutes of hate[/url<] against Intel and we won't let you interfere with our emotional outbursts!

      • Goty
      • 1 year ago

      You’re talking about it, aren’t you? That’s the point.

        • blastdoor
        • 1 year ago

        Exactly — they’re just piggybacking on Intel’s marketing investment. Not a dumb move.

      • VincentHanna
      • 1 year ago

      40 CPUs is a press sample.

      Intel gave away 10,000 chips.

      I think it’s pretty clear why those two things are different.

        • cygnus1
        • 1 year ago

        AMD is only accepting exchanges from the US and only a couple thousand 8086K’s went to the US. What percent do you think are actually going to take AMD up on the offer? 40 allows for about 2%, and I bet that’s a high estimate.

          • VincentHanna
          • 1 year ago

          Just because the other 8000 chips aren’t eligable for AMD’s [s<]tantrum[/s<]... I mean give-away, doesn't mean that they didn't cost Intel more money than AMD has available credit on their credit cards.

            • Spunjji
            • 1 year ago

            This seems really hard to classify as a tantrum. Trolling, sure.

      • Zizy
      • 1 year ago

      8k TR giveaway would be way more expensive yet generate less publicity than giving 40 samples to the winners of Intel chips.

      • rutra80
      • 1 year ago

      Because a CPU and a CPU are, together, two CPUs?

      • elites2012
      • 1 year ago

      they did. several times. look at these podcast these reviewers are doing.

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    Hrmmm… given [url=https://www.anandtech.com/show/12971/amd-bios-limitations-bristol-ridge-dropped-from-certain-motherboards<]this news,[/url<] I've got a great idea for AMD that doesn't involve making juvenile* jabs at its competitors: A free Raven Ridge trade in for all the people who "won" a Bristol Ridge system. They'll probably spend less money on it than they will on their 8086K marketing stunt too. *#PoorVolta

      • Sahrin
      • 1 year ago

      Juvenile?

      Juvenile is bribing Intel’s customers to not use their products because AMD’s designs suck.

      Which is what Intel actually does.

      This is a bit of fun. I’d trade this bog standard 8700K for a $1000 HEDT in a nanosecond.

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        Juvenile is whining about the same old crap decade after decade where even as a poor shill you still define AMD’s entire existence based on Intel.

        If AMD really had it in them then they’d just give away all the remaining 1950X stock to prepare for EpycRipper and not base their marketing on what Intel does… again.

        I’d much rather have Intel play hardball with “poor little” AMD as a competitor than AMD play hardball by.. I dunno… [url=https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/28/amd_drops_295m_on_llano/<]getting caught lying to its shareholders[/url<]. Or for that matter [url=https://www.pcworld.com/article/2939712/amd-radeon-r9-fury-x-graphics-card-review-amds-thoughtful-4k-powerhouse.html?page=2<]having LIsa Su sit on stage while it lies to its customers[/url<].

          • Sahrin
          • 1 year ago

          TIL paying AMD’s customers billions (literally billions) of dollars in bribes is equivalent to promising and not delivering on technical achievements.

          So how many points does Intel lose for delaying 10 nm for 2 years? My guess is not very many, shill.

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            Intel allegedly pays “billions” of dollars so that AMD chips will “allegedly” not be sold.

            So who gets hurt here?
            Intel? Yes by allegedly not getting all that money. Hell it’s a wonder how they stayed in business if all these [b<]BILLIONS[/b<] of dollars were being lost every quarter. AMD? Not really since while the simultaneously whined like girls about how it "wasn't fair" they weren't in Dells they also bragged about how they were selling out of every chip they could make and sell at full-price instead of at the standard Dell discount. Plenty of AMD systems got sold and if you look at AMD's stock history you'll see they were worth a hell of a lot more back in the "dark days" of Intel being "mean" to them than they are today. Hell, even after the recent run-up you could double AMD's current share price and still not get to the same level that AMD was at over a decade ago back when Intel was being all "mean and bad wahh!" Customers? Nope, it just meant they could buy a computer for less money. Incidentally, Lisa Su sat on stage while her own employee lied about the performance of a product [b<]AT ITS LAUNCH[/b<] show me the video were Krzanich sat on stage making concrete lies about the specific performance numbers of Cannon lake hardware. Show me, I dare you. Funny how quick you are to set off your vest to defend Lisa Su and AMD for the "overclocker's dream" Fury claim at the product launch while you scream and moan like it's the end of the world when Intel actually showed a working sample of overclocked silicon in a live demo. But then again, you have a long history of "anything AMD does good!" and "anything Intel does bad!"

            • Sahrin
            • 1 year ago

            Lol, AMD didn’t lie about shipping.

            I have no history of AMD fanboyism, but it’s nice to have a fan.

            You kind of betray how pathetic your fanboyism is here, and you don’t even realize it.

            You care about Intel’s welfare. And Dell’s. Hell, you even manage to throw amstone at AMD.

            But what about the people who were paying a premium for Intel’s processors? The customer. That’s who I care about. I don’t give a fuck about AMD or Intel, I care about the people they screw or don’t screw.

            Meanwhile, you’re so busy putting on your officially licensed gear the people supporting these companies with their hard earned dollars never occurred to you

          • Vaughn
          • 1 year ago

          Wow chuckula did you get a promotion in the IDF (Intel defense Force) ?

          Why the reason for the red alert and all shields up?

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            Look at AMD’s stock price on June 16, 2000 back when Intel was being all “mean and evil” by not letting AMD sell its chips at a big discount to Dell.

            Look at AMD’s stock price today well over a decade after Intel stopped being “mean and evil” to poor helpless stupid AMD.

            Then tell me that it’s big bad Intel’s fault that poor wittle AMD doesn’t have the same monopoly that people like Sahrin wish it had.

            • Vaughn
            • 1 year ago

            I understand your point here.

            But I don’t want a monopoly by either Intel or AMD

            we lose!

            • Spunjji
            • 1 year ago

            Your behaviour is odd at times but it really is bizarre to make light of the documented, admitted (by settlement) and thoroughly illegal price manipulation that Intel engaged in. It harmed the entire PC market.

            The facts of the matter here are that when AMD was at its most technologically competitive, Intel spent a buttload of money on “persuading” the largest OEMs not to deal with them. That crippled the potential feedback to better investment in technology. You add a whole heap of mismanagement at AMD by Ruiz to that and it’s not hard to see how they ended up where they are today (yes, it’s their fault too, obviously).

            Intel didn’t even stop after the lawsuits and settlements either – they were more-than giving away Atom CPUs for quite some time. That sudden rash of crappy $200 e-waste 8-10″ Windows 8.1 tablets was the end result; that and the stillbirth/death of AMD’s (admittedly similarly awful) competitor chips.

            So in spite of how hurt it makes your poor tender butt, the topic is still relevant to discuss because:
            1) It directly lead to the marketplace we have today with one financially crippled competitor
            2) They still pull the same shit whenever they get a chance

    • UberGerbil
    • 1 year ago

    New contest: suggest what AMD is going to do with the collection of traded-in 8086K chips.
    Mine: they actually need them for the workstations they’re using to do the layout for their next-gen NAVI GPU.

      • Goty
      • 1 year ago

      I’m going to start scanning eBay 8086K listings for screen names that sounds like AMD employees.

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      I know what they’ll do with both of them!

      1. As a comparison platform for Cinebench & Blender when EpycRipper launches.

      2. As the platform for running games when Navi launches.

      • DavidC1
      • 1 year ago

      I’ll start!

      AMD is going to sit on them for years for the value to appreciate, and then sell them to collectors in case Intel does a Conroe again. No R&D money due to competition? No problem!

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    Krogothed: AMD offering Threadripper in a trade-in for an 8086K.

    UnKrogothed: AMD offering free RAM in a trade-in for an 8086K.

    • techguy
    • 1 year ago

    Still waiting for my free 8086k that I expect to have won. Would take AMD up on this offer if it were a 2950x…

      • Vaughn
      • 1 year ago

      They need to clear old inventory they wouldn’t never offer the 2950x.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        The 2950x doesn’t exist commercially yet, so of course they “wouldn’t.”

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      I’d rather the 3950x since we’re talking about unreleased, unnamed CPUs.

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