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