Thursday, May 5th 2011

LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon Processor on Ebay

Intel may be a little over 6 months away from unveiling its new Sandy Bridge-EP platform, but it's understandable that the company is circulating engineering samples among closely tied industry partners. One such sample fell into the right (wrong, for Intel) hands, and is being pawned away on ebay for a handsome price. The current bid stands at US $1,359.99.

The chip itself is Q19D ES, an 8-core Sandy Bridge-EP in the LGA2011 package. The chip is said to have 8 cores, and 16 threads with HyperThreading enabled. It is being sold as Core i7, though some sources say the chip could be from Xeon E5-4600 or E5-2600 series (4600 is four-socket capable, 2600 is dual-socket capable). The chip is clocked at 1.60 GHz, and holds 20 MB shared cache according to the seller, though even the highest-end LGA2011 Core i7 is said to hold no more than 15 MB L3 (shared) cache. L3 is the only shared cache.
The chip is compatible with Patsburg C600 or Patsburg-HEDT X79, for enterprise and client platforms respectively, but with a scarcity of LGA2011 motherboard samples till Computex, only time will tell if this non-refundable chip being sold becomes someone's new supercool toy or epicfail paperweight. The item can be found here.Sources: VR-Zone, LegitReviews
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33 Comments on LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon Processor on Ebay

#1
CAT-THE-FIFTH
yogurt_21 said:
the intel Xeon E7's are already out on lga 1567 with up to 10 cores/20 threads, and 30MB cache.

http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=20533

ivy bridge is a mainstream target, any xeons based on those will be the desktop swapout versions. Similar to the lga 775 based xeons were. So imo those aren't real xeons.
The Xeon E7 is not based on Sandy Bridge though AFAIK.

So basically the performance and the custom Xeons are going to be Sandy Bridge based 32NM processors.This means Intel will be using 32NM for a decent number of processors for a while to come.
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#2
LAN_deRf_HA
So it wouldn't be illegal for a person to buy this, but what about AMD? Would it be illegal for a company to buy it, slice it, electron scope it?
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#3
Wile E
Power User
yogurt_21 said:
the intel Xeon E7's are already out on lga 1567 with up to 10 cores/20 threads, and 30MB cache.

http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=20533

ivy bridge is a mainstream target, any xeons based on those will be the desktop swapout versions. Similar to the lga 775 based xeons were. So imo those aren't real xeons.
Except that they have an extra qpi enabled to allow dual socket capabilities.
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#4
mumak
I don't think it would be illegal.
Both companies have reverse engineering departments.. Moreover there's an agreement between both since the early PC days, that they must share certain information between each other (except lithography, etc)..

LAN_deRf_HA said:
So it wouldn't be illegal for a person to buy this, but what about AMD? Would it be illegal for a company to buy it, slice it, electron scope it?
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#5
lashton
Scheich said:
Dont buy amd, cause this puppy is right around the corner :laugh:
I wonder how much it will be..
Cant wait for bulldozer to wipe intel clean in performance so we dont have to listen to these foolish comments ;) :rockout:
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#6
heky
lashton said:
Cant wait for bulldozer to wipe intel clean in performance so we dont have to listen to these foolish comments ;) :rockout:
Dream on, dream oooon. :roll:
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#7
zads
Intel has never asked me to return their ES chips..
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#8
TheGuruStud
lashton said:
Cant wait for bulldozer to wipe intel clean in performance so we dont have to listen to these foolish comments ;) :rockout:
Even if that happened, the comments would double. Remember athlon xp and 64?
Intel's propaganda and compiler tricks would win out commercially.
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