AMD Officially Opens Threadripper 1950X Exchange Program For Winners Of Intel's Core i7-8086K

AMD's announcement last week that it would swap 40 Core i7-8086K's won from Intel's sweepstakes with a much beefier Threadripper 1950X CPU was an unexpected escalation in the long-running feud between the two companies. Now AMD has followed through with its plan and officially opened its replacement program at Per AMD's website:

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.

AMD's "contest" is open to individuals that have won the Intel Core i7-8086K, a special edition processor that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the 8086, through Intel's sweepstakes.

Entrants are required to forward their prize notification from Intel to for verification. The first 40 verified winners can then exchange their new unopened processor for a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. You can currently buy the Core i7-8086K for ~$425 at retail outlets, but those processors don't qualify for AMD's exchange program.

The $799 Threadripper 1950X wields 16-cores and 32-threads, which easily outweighs the i7-8086K's six-cores and twelve-threads in threaded heavily-workloads, such as those found in many productivity applications. But it is also noteworthy that "winners" of AMD's competing sweepstakes will have to pony up for a much more expensive X399 motherboard with the TR4 socket, which currently retails for more than $300, instead of Intel's less-expensive 300-series motherboards. Regardless, those who do swap their Intel Core silicon for an AMD Threadripper chip will gain ten cores and quad-channel memory, not to mention quite a bit of resale value.

The Core i7-8086K's superior single-threaded performance provides leading performance in most games, so we assume most gamers won't be interested in the exchange program. 

Due to laws and regulations, AMD's replacement program is only open to legal residents of the United States that are over the age of 18. AMD requires winners to ship their unopened processor to the company, which will then ship out the Threadripper 1950X within four to six weeks. That's quite the wait for eager winners. AMD also states that "once you make the exchange by sending AMD your Competitor Sweepstakes prize, we’re not going to send it back if you change your mind."

The burning question in everyone's mind is what AMD will do with the exchanged Core i7-8086K processors. It's possible that AMD will use pictures of the 40th-anniversary chips for marketing purposes, but the fate of the exchanged processors is anyone's guess.

Paul Alcorn
Managing Editor: News and Emerging Tech

Paul Alcorn is the Managing Editor: News and Emerging Tech for Tom's Hardware US. He also writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage, and enterprise hardware.

  • ingtar33
    high end trolling right here.
  • misterblister
    Hopefully Intel will counter with an exchange program for the TRs with its 5Ghz 28-core processors
  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    With the current Intel Hyperthreading vulnerabilities found, anyone who also cares about security will probably switch as well (Or at least should).
  • electronicbineries
    Well at least Intel gives them for Free , while AMD takes something you own in return of what they will Give you.

    Intel 1 : AMD 0

    here !

    Also , Not Fair AMD , Other people who did not have the chance to win Free CPU should have a Chance to win AMD CPU...
  • DerekA_C
    Considering a lot of Linux OS's are starting to consider shutting off HT to keep your system secure making that extra money people spent on I7-9 with HT an utter waste one OS has actually shut off the threads. Lets just wait and see what other vulnerabilities pop up for intel that doesn't seem to affect AMD.
  • ubercake
    That's pretty clever on AMD's part. AMD is really pushing for the win. Impressive.
  • bennie101
    Nothing new to see here that hasnt already been seen lets move on.
  • nate1492
    So, Intel give away 8,086 units, and AMD give away 40 and people are raving about how awesome AMD are for doing this?

    Congrats AMD, you offer an awful sweepstakes and get good PR still?
  • salgado18
    21090183 said:
    So, Intel give away 8,086 units, and AMD give away 40 and people are raving about how awesome AMD are for doing this?

    Congrats AMD, you offer an awful sweepstakes and get good PR still?

    No, AMD is taking 40 anniversary edition Intel CPUs out of the market, and replacing them with a much more expensive Threadripper taking the spotlight to themselves by being savage on the celebration of their competitor/partner-in-x86. It's not about the chips, it's about the message: "burn, Intel" :D

    Also, don't like it, don't trade it. As far as anyone is concerned, it still is a PR win.
  • maximiza
    I won a 8086K , not trading it