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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: 5, Informative) by takyon on Tuesday June 19 2018, @01:08AM

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Tuesday June 19 2018, @01:08AM (#694775) Journal

    Intel doesn't have any multi-die CPU solution, and if they don't develop one soon after Threadripper 2 comes out, they are going to go bankrupt (ok maybe not, but they will still lose a lot of market share).

    Umm, they have a little something called EMIB. Also known as Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge. And they are using it to put AMD's own graphics and High Bandwidth Memory on new chips:

    Intel to Create new 8th Generation CPUs with AMD Radeon Graphics with HBM2 using EMIB [anandtech.com]

    They are likely to use it to make large core count chips soon:

    Intel’s 28-Core 5 GHz CPU: Coming in Q4 [anandtech.com] (yes, it's THAT one, but the article discusses Intel's options)

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