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posted by Fnord666 on Monday June 18 2018, @11:59PM   Printer-friendly
from the not-a-bodice-ripper dept.

AMD Trolls Intel: Offers 16-Core Chip to Winners of Six-Core 8086K

AMD's feud with Intel took an interesting turn today as the company announced that it would swap 40 Core i7-8086K's won from Intel's sweepstakes with a much beefier Threadripper 1950X CPU.

At Computex 2018, Intel officially announced it was releasing the Core i7-8086K, a special edition processor that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the 8086, which debuted as the first x86 processor on June 8, 1978. As part of the special-edition release, Intel opened up a sweepstakes to give away 8,086 of the six-core 12-thread processors. Intel also made the processors available at retail, and though the company doesn't have an official MSRP, you can find the chips at several retailers for ~$425.

Now AMD is offering to replace 40 of the winners' chips with its own 16-core 32-thread $799 Threadripper processors, thus throwing a marketing wrench into Intel's 40th-anniversary celebration.

See also: The Intel Core i7-8086K Review


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by jelizondo on Tuesday June 19 2018, @12:06AM (6 children)

    by jelizondo (653) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 19 2018, @12:06AM (#694751) Journal

    Yeah, but does it run Lin...

    Sorry, wrong meme.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by mhajicek on Tuesday June 19 2018, @12:36AM (5 children)

    by mhajicek (51) on Tuesday June 19 2018, @12:36AM (#694768)

    Interesting, but if it were me I'd keep the Intel. My workloads (CADCAM) are mostly single-threaded, occasionally a few threads, never massively parallel except for what goes to the GPU.

    This is the benchmark that matters for me, gotta go down about two pages to find an AMD:
    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/singleThread.html [cpubenchmark.net]

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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by The Mighty Buzzard on Tuesday June 19 2018, @04:37AM (2 children)

      I'm a gentoo-based system kind of guy lately, so massively parallel in the CPU would mean a whole lot less time spent compiling.

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      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday June 20 2018, @02:00PM (1 child)

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday June 20 2018, @02:00PM (#695576)

        I'm a gentoo-based system kind of guy lately

        That explains the grumpy attitude. I built a Gentoo system in ~2004 when it was the only (practical) way to get 64 bits, maintained that until about 2008, and never looked back when I shut it down. Mepis, Ubuntu, Cent, anything has been a better experience than Gentoo. But, Gentoo did get me 64 bits for over a year before it was easier with other systems.

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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by bobthecimmerian on Tuesday June 19 2018, @11:56AM

      by bobthecimmerian (6834) on Tuesday June 19 2018, @11:56AM (#694935)

      I still haven't forgiven Intel for the monopoly tricks they played against AMD in the early 2000s. My wild guess is that AMD would have returned to competitive footing with Intel much faster if that nonsense hadn't happened.

      But I understand your point. Single-threaded performance is still most important in a huge array of applications, and Intel still has a lead.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @08:23PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @08:23PM (#695266)

      >This is the benchmark that matters for me, gotta go down about two pages to find an AMD:

      A few suggestions:
      1) smaller font
      2) portiat mode for monitor
      3) legal size for paper

      AMD should be on page 2 now.