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Intel Core i9 Gulftown Chip Sold on Ebay, Forum

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Get your Gulftown in the grey market.

The Intel Gulftown chip with its six cores, expected to be called the Core i9, isn't even close to being ready for the market. But somehow engineering samples have been leaking out into the hands of testers. Just last week, we saw benchmarks of an early engineering sample of Gulftown, which impressed with its six cores.

Such engineering samples are sent out from Intel to a very exclusive crowd, all of which are bound by explicit non-disclosure agreements. Break such agreements almost always burns bridges, so you'd think that seeing a Gulftown processor on the public market for sale would be impossible. But shockingly, one such Gulftown engineering sample found its way to Ebay.

A listing on Ebay described the product as a "Intel 6-Core Xeon Westmere Gulftown 2.4GHZ LGA1366 ES Processor" and qualified itself as tested and working sold at a final price of $1,200. The chip was pictured in the listing without any of it identification marks blurred, meaning that Intel will be able to track which one of its chips ended up on Ebay.

The seller of the chip lists the item as being located in Taiwan, which leads us to believe that it could be an engineering sample leaked out from one of Intel's chipset partners – but we'll likely never know for certain.

Gulftown engineering samples in the wild aren't limited to just Taiwan, however, as Nordic Hardware reports that an even faster chip was sold on the OCTeamDenmark forums (Google cache version here) for around $850.

What do you make of this – crazy deal, or just downright crazy?

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    Honis , December 4, 2009 12:12 AM
    For $1200 and $850 it's probably going to be a bargain compared to Intel's final street price!
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    redgarl , December 4, 2009 12:22 AM
    phhh... will be funny seing the guy buying this to realize that no motherboards is compatible without a proper BIOS update... that will come out in a while...
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    08nwsula , December 4, 2009 12:16 AM
    I would rather get my hands on that 48 core chip
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    ubernoobie , December 4, 2009 12:11 AM
    Whoa, i wish i could buy one :( 
  • 35 Hide
    Honis , December 4, 2009 12:12 AM
    For $1200 and $850 it's probably going to be a bargain compared to Intel's final street price!
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    08nwsula , December 4, 2009 12:16 AM
    I would rather get my hands on that 48 core chip
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    redgarl , December 4, 2009 12:22 AM
    phhh... will be funny seing the guy buying this to realize that no motherboards is compatible without a proper BIOS update... that will come out in a while...
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    jsc , December 4, 2009 12:28 AM
    I don't know. I doubt if the 48 core chip uses Windows. We know that Gulftown has a usable OS right now.
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    sonic-boom , December 4, 2009 12:29 AM
    Lol, sell it without ID blurred, seller is going to have fun with Intel tomorrow. Idiot. That was actually really cheap, but as redgarl said it might need a bios update. Considering these are going to be $700?? in x months paying $500 more for it 4 months early wasn't bad.
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    hotsacoman , December 4, 2009 12:56 AM
    I would rather have programs that utilized 2 - 4 core processors efficiently.
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    ta152h , December 4, 2009 12:57 AM
    This chip could be the deal of the century in the right hands.

    Let's say I wanted to start a new hardware website. I could create instant, and massive, traffic with this processor alone. I'm not obligated to withhold information like those stuck behind an NDA, and any acrimony from Intel would only help the site more.

    For someone wanting to start a site, this is worth much more than $1200. Oh, and when it's actually out in the wild, you have a pretty capable machine as well.

    I'd call it a bargain.
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    akhodjaev , December 4, 2009 12:58 AM
    Intel bought the cheap to find out where it leaked from
    paid 1250
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    UbeRveLT , December 4, 2009 1:04 AM
    Just found another one listed on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Intel-6-Core-Xeon-Westmere-2-4GHZ-LGA1366-CPU_W0QQitemZ150394036622QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCPUs?hash=item23042ee18e
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    enzo matrix , December 4, 2009 1:14 AM
    HonisFor $1200 and $850 it's probably going to be a bargain compared to Intel's final street price!

    Indeed considering the best core i7 is already about $1000.
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    xaira , December 4, 2009 2:13 AM
    why are these prices so low, i wasnt taking less than $2000
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    Spanky Deluxe , December 4, 2009 2:43 AM
    These have been available to certain few for a while now. The 2.4GHz i9 has already been clocked to over 6.4GHz with LN2 and 4.6GHz on air:

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=239338&highlight=gulftown
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=235767&highlight=gulftown
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    Anonymous , December 4, 2009 2:43 AM
    probably a scam... Lately Asia is on the increase with scamming customers by selling non existing goods.
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    christop , December 4, 2009 3:00 AM
    I wish I wasn't broke at the present... I would love to play around with this chip..
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    buwish , December 4, 2009 3:05 AM
    Chances are someone sold off an engineering sample.
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    iplayer , December 4, 2009 3:57 AM
    Were those listings confirmed to be real?
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    Blessedman , December 4, 2009 4:49 AM
    ta152hThis chip could be the deal of the century in the right hands.Let's say I wanted to start a new hardware website. I could create instant, and massive, traffic with this processor alone. I'm not obligated to withhold information like those stuck behind an NDA, and any acrimony from Intel would only help the site more. For someone wanting to start a site, this is worth much more than $1200. Oh, and when it's actually out in the wild, you have a pretty capable machine as well. I'd call it a bargain.


    The only problem with that is this would be your only one big ticket as Intel would end up shunning you. You would be blacklisted from many hardware manufacturers for practices that show you are not to be trusted. You would end up being a one hit wonder site.
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    Maziar , December 4, 2009 5:34 AM
    When i saw this i remember the day,that Core2 E6600 was sold on e-bay (before the time that C2D was in the market) with a same price
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    apache_lives , December 4, 2009 5:46 AM
    hotsacomanI would rather have programs that utilized 2 - 4 core processors efficiently.


    What system runs one app at a time these days?
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