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
(Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @01:03AM
8086k has no ecc support for instance. Other than the 4ghz/5ghz turbo, it has unusual features compared to the stock i7 chips.
Threadripper on the other hand supports unregistered ECC, plus overclocking (likely not at the same time, but if someone produced higher spec ecc unregistered memory in the future, you could overclock your memory bus and run it up to the memory controller's limits thanks to AMD's ECC support.) Intel on the other hand is still using that as a consumer/pro level differentiator, even though their lower end chips DO have ECC support for use in cheap hosting solutions but no overclocking support.