If you just can't wait to get your hands on AMD's latest 12-cored 'Magny-Cours' Opteron processor, perhaps you'd care to risk buying leaked versions from eBay?
The as-yet unreleased dodeca-cored processors have popped up on the auction site under the user account oakvillemehlvillecomputers
, available on buy-it-now
at an eye-watering $7,700 (£4,880) for a batch of four 2.2GHz processors - designed for quad-processor socket G34 server systems and offering 48 logical processing cores to the host operating system.
The chips have 6MB of L2 cache, split 512k per core, but also have 12MB of L3 cache and use quad
-channel DDR3-1333 ECC memory in addition to several HyperTransport connection to link the chips. There's no further details yet on optimisations or core advancements, we'll have to wait for AMD to detail those.
As reported by MaximumPC
, the seller has even made plans to offer a pre-built server based around the Magny-Cours chips, offering 48 cores and 64GB of RAM in a Tyan VX50 serer case for a massive $20,000
(£12,674) - pending the release of the quad-socket Tyan S8812 motherboard designed to take the processors.
What isn't clear is quite how the seller - who appears to specialise in high-performance computing equipment - has managed to get his hands on the AMD chips in the first place. Described as "the real thing
" and "from [the] AMD assembly line
" - along with, slightly worryingly, "no returns accepted
" - there's no clue as to whether the chips are pre-release test versions or the finished article. With AMD having previously committed
to a 1H 2010 release for Magny-Cours, it's not impossible that we could be looking at a more official release sooner rather than later.
Are you interested in a 48-core system for twelve grand, or is the latest in AMD's server line not as tempting as Intel's Nehalem EX? Share your thoughts over in the forums