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As Intel graces the 40th year of its 8086 chip (which is considered the godfather of modern x86 architecture), aside from announcing a special, limited edition chip (Core i7-8086K) that reaches 5.0GHz out-of-the-box, they’re giving away 8086 pieces of it to some lucky people from some lucky states only (not worldwide).

So AMD (aside from trolling them with their announcement of the 32-core Ryzen Threadripper just hours ago after Intel demoed their astounding disastrous 28-core CPU in the front of the press) is now trolling Intel on another level, with a trade program that will surely entice someone whom might realize they need a Threadripper more than a limited edition chip.

On a campaign called “Threadripper Exchange“, AMD put up a page on their website, with details on how a winner of the 8086K giveaway can trade-in their prize to a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X – yes, that 16-core / 32-thread chip, for free.

The page says this:

Our competitor recently kicked off a sweepstakes to celebrate the first 40 years of the x86 processor by giving away 8,086 limited edition processors.

We appreciate the advancements they’ve helped drive with the x86 architecture over the last four decades. But, we’re ready to take it from here. That’s why we’re giving 40 performance-hungry enthusiasts in the U.S. an opportunity to celebrate the next 40 years of high-performance computing by trading in their commemorative processor prize for our CPU that enables you to work, play and create with heavy metal.

The first 40 U.S.-based winners of the Intel® 8th Gen Core i7-8086k Limited Edition Sweepstakes (which opened on June 7, 2018 and closed on June 8, 2018) (“Competitor Sweepstakes”) to complete certain steps will be offered the opportunity to exchange their new, in-box prize processor for a flagship 16-core AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1950X processor built for the gamers and creators who need a processor that can do it all.  Those steps will be communicated on this webpage on June 25 at 1:00:00 PM EDT. Check back on June 25 at 1:00:00 PM EDT for complete details on how to participate.


So if you’re from the U.S. and luckily won the Intel limited processor, you might want to think about keeping it in an exchange for a more powerful one – although you still need to buy a motherboard for it to work.