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posted by Fnord666 on Monday June 18 2018, @11:59PM   Printer-friendly
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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 Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @04:44AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @04:44AM (#694841)

    AMD bought ATI and drove it into the ground.

    Never forgive, never forget

    To be fair NVIDIA has been shitty recently with its GeForce Partner Program []. They also added telemetry [] to their drivers.

    These days the choice often comes down to the option that is the least bad -- according to each individual's own subjective definition of such.

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  • (Score: 2) by Taibhsear on Tuesday June 19 2018, @03:02PM (2 children)

    by Taibhsear (1464) on Tuesday June 19 2018, @03:02PM (#695033)

    They also added telemetry to their drivers.

    Which has recently been cordoned off to just the Geforce Experience software, not the drivers themselves. You can still install the drivers by themselves without Geforce Experience and subsequent telemetry. []

    Excerpt from the above link:

    "Also tucked in the 393.97 release notes is the removal of the “Experience Improvement Program” from the NVIDIA Control Panel, and as the GDPR takes into effect tomorrow NVIDIA is rolling out the new privacy center and requisite changes to their new privacy policy. Both of these indicate that telemetry will return to being solely a GeForce Experience feature rather than being part of the standard display drivers."

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday June 19 2018, @05:35PM

      by Freeman (732) on Tuesday June 19 2018, @05:35PM (#695142) Journal

      I'd rather go with the company that thought it wasn't a good idea to stuff telemetry / phone home stuff into their drivers to begin with. I've also generally been able to get much more bang for my buck purchasing AMD instead of Intel. Thankfully, I got my AMD GPU, before the latest Mining Craze.

      Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday June 20 2018, @02:03PM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday June 20 2018, @02:03PM (#695578)

      Since about 2012, I've found onboard graphics to be acceptable, even better than acceptable - and a HUGE benefit in terms of system cost, complexity, size, power, heat, longevity, noise, etc.

      🌻🌻 []