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Oakville Mehlville Computers, a maker of custom servers and workstations from Missouri, has started to sell twelve-core AMD Opteron 6174 microprocessors for servers at an Ebay auction. The chips are not officially launched yet, even though the processors do not look like engineering samples and may belong to the first mass-production batch of twelve-core chips.

The manufacturer of custom high-end machines sells a set of four AMD Opteron 6174 microprocessors with 2.20GHz clock-speed, 12MB of unified level-three cache and 6MB level-two cache (512KB of cache per core). The central processing units code-named Magny-Cours have quad-channel PC3-10600 (DDR3 1333MHz) memory controller and are designed for socket G34 platform.

The starting bid for the set of four tray microprocessors is $6500, the seller may also sell the central processing units for a total price of $8000 immediately. The seller does not offer an actual mainboard or cooling systems for the chips separately, hence, for the vast majority of potential buyers the chips will be useless, it is even impossible to test whether they work, a not very good thing since no returns are accepted. Interestingly, but Oakville Mehlville Computers also offers complete 48-core server running AMD’s twelve-core microprocessors for $20000.

Considering the fact that the microprocessors carry their official model number and marking, it is possible that those chips are not evaluation or development samples, but are the chips produced by AMD in mass quantities using 45nm SOI fabrication process. When asked for a comment whether the company has already started to ship its next-gen server microprocessors for revenue, AMD decided not to comment on the matter, but to re-emphasize the commitment to start their shipments in Q1 2010.

“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.

Tags: AMD, Opteron, Magny-Cours, 45nm


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Discussion started: 02/16/10 03:13:07 PM
Latest comment: 02/18/10 05:38:49 PM
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Hmm, I thought this kind of stuff is prohibited, even if it isn't an engineering sample. Sure, many of use have seen products that have been accidentally listed as for sale even before the official release of said product.

I guess if it is on eBay, I suppose its ok.
0 0 [Posted by: RtFusion  | Date: 02/16/10 03:13:07 PM]
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They had serial numbers verified via AMD directly... and sold to a German client privately after the sale on ebay was closed early ...

0 0 [Posted by: OMCES20000  | Date: 02/18/10 05:37:41 PM]

Hmmm reminds me of the Pentium Pro in every respect. One it is rectangular and looks as though it will run hot like a 168w TEC block. Performance will be very hard to match while being far out of the reach of small business and home users :<

I must wonder how large the dual and quad socket boards will be even for a enterprise class.
0 0 [Posted by: nforce4max  | Date: 02/16/10 07:08:11 PM]
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Quad server board by TYAN will be SSI MEB format...
0 0 [Posted by: OMCES20000  | Date: 02/18/10 05:38:15 PM]

Yes, beautiful piece of engineering and, congrats to AMD, it's way ahead what Intel has to offer.
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 02/17/10 10:52:37 AM]
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Thanks.. let us hear it for the GOOD GUYS out there...
0 0 [Posted by: OMCES20000  | Date: 02/18/10 05:38:49 PM]

Just to keep the public up to date.. these 12 core opteron cpus sold to an private video production facility in germany verified that it was okay to go thru with the sale...

0 0 [Posted by: OMCES20000  | Date: 02/18/10 05:35:42 PM]


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