Alongside the announcement of their new x86 anniversary-themed hex-core processor, the Core i7-8086K, Intel also announced that they would be giving a significant portion of their inventory away as part of a massive, globe-crossing giveaway. In total, Intel is producing just 50,000 units of the specially binned Coffee Lake CPU. And of those, 8,086 – or about 16% – are slated to be given away starting tonight.

Intel 8th Generation 'Coffee Lake' Core i7 Desktop Processors
  i7-8086K i7-8700K i7-8700 i7-8700T
Cores 6C / 12T
Base Frequency 4.0 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.2 GHz 2.4 GHz
Turbo Boost 2.0
(Single Core)
5.0 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.0 GHz
L3 Cache 12 MB
DRAM Support DDR4-2666
Integrated Graphics GT2: 24 EUs
IGP Turbo 1.20 GHz
PCIe Lanes (CPU) 16
TDP 95 W 95 W 65 W 35 W
Price (tray) $425? $359 $303 $303

At 8pm Eastern (midnight UTC), Intel will be running a series of national 24 hour sweepstakes for the processors. Besides being notable for the sheer number of processors being given away – I simply cannot recall the last time any single event gave away 4-digits' worth of CPUs – an interesting quirk of Intel’s giveaway is that they are allocating a fixed number of CPUs in each sweepstakes nation. For the US this means 2,086 processors, another 2,000 for China, etc. Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, and other countries are also part of the giveaways. So while the giveaway crosses parts of the globe, the odds in any given nation are still decent, especially for places like Canada and Taiwan.

Intel Core i7-8086K Giveaway Regions
Country/Region Number of Winners and Prizes Awarded
United States 2,086
Mainland China 2,000
Germany 1,000
Canada 500
France 500
The United Kingdom 500
South Korea 500
Taiwan 500
Japan 500

Note that this is a 24 hour giveaway; Intel is moving fast here and will be drawing winners next Monday. So for a shot at winning a CPU that, while lacking an official price, Intel is valuing at $425, there’s a relatively short window to enter. Otherwise this leaves 41,914 processors to be split between retail and OEMs, and while the $400+ price tag makes it decidedly un-cheap, I don’t imagine that Intel is going to have much trouble selling all of them.

Source: Intel

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  • eastcoast_pete - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    The apparent reason why some countries are absent from this list is that, even (for example), in the EU, giveaways are treated differently by a nation's law. That why, in Canada, you have to solve some kind of math challenge, so it's technically not just a lottery. In other countries, you can't hold a drawing for a giveaway without getting licensed to do so. Isn't the legal system fun?
  • 7upEXE - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    Wtf. Look at #10 for sweepstakes details.

    I understand sharing the winners names, maybe faces, but only for the purpose of proof of sweepstakes winners. That paragraph essentially gives them the right to use your name/face/voice/anything you provide them to promote their products *at any time* without permission or compensation.
  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    That's actually rather standard for sweepstakes. It allows them to show the rest of the world who won.
  • olafgarten - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    "potential winners who are Canadian residents must correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question as posed by Sponsor."

    Canadians have to pass a sanity check.
  • eastcoast_pete - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    Not sure about the sanity part. I've known some math wizzes who were pretty excentric , to say it mildly.
  • ByteMyAscii - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    And I would be "that guy" that puts this in a B360 board with 8GB of RAM because that's all I could afford.
  • Lord of the Bored - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    Me too.
  • Mumrik - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    Not all that global. It is:

    USA, Germany, France, Canada (excluding Quebec), the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Mainland China and Taiwan.
  • danwat1234 - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    Well, I bought one on Amazon before it sells out. Watched bestbuy sellout. Wonder what the resell value will be a while from now... Low risk investment at the least!
  • koaschten - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    yeah sure ... resale value 419€ I guess ;)

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