Gulftown i7 980 Hex Core Engineering Sample

I just purchased this chip which fits in LGA1366 from Taiwan for only $1200. I can't wait to play around with it. The seller stated that he received 100 engineering samples from Intel's partner and the chip will fit on a standard X58 motherboard. I'll keep you informed as soon as I receive it this week....
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  1. Intel won't be pleased someone is selling ES and it puts pressure on the other players who are lucky enough to have some to play with.

    The guy who got 100 samples (FREE OF COURSE) and is selling it needs a kick in the pants.

    That is just not cricket ...
  2. I'm sure Intel will track down who sold the chips. Then they won't get anymore.
  3. Last I 'heard' from a wee birdy, is that Intel is now sending ES chips out with internal identifiers for each supplier that they send samples to... But I am sure that is just BS, and the OP has nothing to worry about, nor his 'buddy' in Taiwan.
  4. "Buddy" likely has more to worry about than OP.

    And TBH, I wouldn't be surprised if the seller's just out to make a quick buck and vanishes after OP recieves a shiny 920!
  5. Intel will find supplier, unless it is lapped of course :P
  6. Intel should just release their ES chips with some sort of limited life... like one that can't compute a date past a certain point or just won't post after a certain date... that way they could be used how they're supposed to be used and that would equally discourage people from buying them for personal use.
  7. Plus even if it is the hex core chip, how do you know it will work? Has any bios updates been released to support the new chips? prob not.
  8. sportsfanboy said:
    Plus even if it is the hex core chip, how do you know it will work? Has any bios updates been released to support the new chips? prob not.



    Plenty, I know with Asus anyways there is a list of which BIOS for which motherboard will work. The new P6X58D Premium is ready out the box.

    But yes, Kudos on the processor..but with only an estimated 2 months till estimated official release I would have personally waited and got the 3.33ghz X-E (unlocked multiplier) version for around the same price or a little less.
  9. rodney_ws said:
    Intel should just release their ES chips with some sort of limited life... like one that can't compute a date past a certain point or just won't post after a certain date... that way they could be used how they're supposed to be used and that would equally discourage people from buying them for personal use.



    when they do you will unexpectedly and unknowingly buy one at full retail price
    then all of a sudden one day click ur pc dies and displays " engineering sample expired "
    hehehe...hehehe...hehe...........wouldnt that be a bummer...
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