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eBay Seller Auctions AMD 12-Core Opterons

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

A manufacturer is selling a set of 4 for a starting bid of $7000.

Although AMD hasn't officially launched the Opteron 6174 "Magny-Cours" CPU, custom-built server and workstation manufacturer Oakville Mehlville Computers (OMC) is already on eBay selling AMD's 12-core CPU. X-bit Labs, who actually first spied the auction, said that the chips do not look like engineering samples, and could be from the first mass-production batch.

The auction's starting bid for a tray of four microprocessors is $7,000 USD, with a "Buy It Now" price of $8,000 USD. Designed for the socket G34 platform, the Opteron 6174 has a clock speed of 2.20 GHz, 12 MB of unified level-three cache, and 6 MB of level-two cache (512 KB of cache per core).

Despite the appearance of the Opteron 6174 on eBay, AMD would not confirm with X-Bit if the company has already began shipments of the new processor to hardware stores and online outlets. "What I can confirm for you at this point is that Magny-Cours is on track to launch in the current quarter," said Phil Hughes, a spokesperson for AMD.

Given that OMC isn't offering a mainboard (or cooling system) with the Opteron 6174 chips up for auction, there's really no way to test the chips to see if they actually work. That's a bad thing given that the seller isn't accepting returns. And although OMC has a 99.2-percent positive feedback, this looks like a good auction to avoid until the G34 platform is at hand.

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    alextheblue , February 17, 2010 3:09 AM
    alagadnidonaldproc w/out MB and cooling = FAIL
    Maybe a company with prototype G34 boards will bid on them! :p 
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    alagadnidonald , February 17, 2010 1:14 AM
    proc w/out MB and cooling = FAIL
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    tntom , February 17, 2010 12:19 AM
    This does give good press for AMD.
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    drowned , February 17, 2010 12:45 AM
    For the price of that auction you could build the world's fastest desktop with dual cpu's and crossfire x 5970's
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    alagadnidonald , February 17, 2010 1:14 AM
    proc w/out MB and cooling = FAIL
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    carlhenry , February 17, 2010 2:52 AM
    drownedFor the price of that auction you could build the world's fastest desktop with dual cpu's and crossfire x 5970's


    yup just as much any other SERVERS and WORKSTATIONS, you could build your gaming DESKTOP yeh?

    but who'd use a gaming desktop for a server/workstation? lol.
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    alextheblue , February 17, 2010 3:09 AM
    alagadnidonaldproc w/out MB and cooling = FAIL
    Maybe a company with prototype G34 boards will bid on them! :p 
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    anamaniac , February 17, 2010 4:57 AM
    AlexTheBlueMaybe a company with prototype G34 boards will bid on them!

    Yeap, and then benchmark them. =)
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    welshmousepk , February 17, 2010 6:30 AM
    so we don't even know if they can play crysis?

    :p 
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    free1dom , February 17, 2010 7:10 AM
    $7000 Dollar eh? hmmm.... No thank you.
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    clement4413 , February 17, 2010 11:18 AM
    I want one, but where could you find the MB ?
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    rags_20 , February 17, 2010 11:49 AM
    Well, the Buy it Now price seems to be $7700 and bidding has ended with 0 bids.
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    amdchuck , February 17, 2010 11:53 AM
    I am not that familiar with E-Bay but clicking the link here to the auction indicates the auction has ended (with a bid history of 0) and it appears there was no sale made.....perhaps someone got an angry phone call from AMD's legal dept.?

    either that or someone bought them and the auction page is just not clear about it....
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    xaira , February 17, 2010 3:11 PM
    there aint even a g34 board out yet, Epic Fail
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    wildwell , February 17, 2010 3:24 PM
    amdchuckI am not that familiar with E-Bay but clicking the link here to the auction indicates the auction has ended (with a bid history of 0) and it appears there was no sale made.....perhaps someone got an angry phone call from AMD's legal dept.?either that or someone bought them and the auction page is just not clear about it....

    Or nobody wanted $7000.00 processors without a compatible motherboard.
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    rags_20 , February 17, 2010 3:26 PM
    wildwellOr nobody wanted $7000.00 processors without a compatible motherboard.

    They're not $7000 processors. You get four of them for that price.
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    masterasia , February 17, 2010 4:07 PM
    One of these still doesn't compete against an Intel Core i7 920
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    False_Dmitry_II , February 17, 2010 4:18 PM
    masterasiaOne of these still doesn't compete against an Intel Core i7 920


    lolwut?
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    Anonymous , February 17, 2010 5:05 PM
    Setting a high starting bid or reserve is a sure-fire way to have your auction end without any bids. The seller likely did that so the listing would show up as both an auction and a 'buy it now' item. Also the auction price is used over the 'buy it now' price for sorting. He/she probably intended to have someone buy it for the asking price rather than bid on it.
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    masterasia , February 17, 2010 5:39 PM
    Quote:
    lolwut?


    I was just joking around.
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    MU_Engineer , February 17, 2010 7:22 PM
    xairathere aint even a g34 board out yet, Epic Fail


    The company also has a listing for a TYAN VX50 server based on those chips. They say they're taking orders but waiting on TYAN to ship a compatible motherboard (S8812.)
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    jblack , February 18, 2010 4:29 PM
    You'd think for $7000, they could take some better pictures!
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