Monday, May 2nd 2016

Intel Core i7-6950X Engineering Sample Sells for $1950

Ahead of their launch, industry partners with engineering samples (ES) of unreleased processors make a killing on Ebay. The same was true for one lucky user of a Core i7-6950X ten-core processor ES. Listed for auction on Ebay, the chip sold for $1,950. High-resolution pictures of the chip reveal that it could ship with a core clock speed of 3.00 GHz, which is not surprising considering how low Intel has been clocking its high core-count chips to respect 140W TDP, over the past few generations. The i7-6950X is based on Intel's 14 nm "Broadwell-E" silicon, and will be compatible with existing socket LGA2011v3 (X99 chipset) motherboards, with BIOS updates, when it hits the shelves later this month. Intel's policy on engineering samples, which its partners agree to before receiving samples, states that engineering samples issued by the company, are its property.

Source: Expreview
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24 Comments on Intel Core i7-6950X Engineering Sample Sells for $1950

#1
Naito
Ten cores at 3.0GHz ain't too shabby...
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#2
xkm1948
$1950???

No thank you.
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#3
neko77025
Bla .. I will take 4 cores with 4.5ghz for 330.00 ... take the 1600.00 Left over and build A badass rig and go buy A nice dinner any day of the week.
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#4
ensabrenoir
....somebody gotta be first.... i'll wait till retail. But honestly though....If anyone one of us had the disposable income and $1950.00 usd would make no difference to our bank account.... would we?
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#5
jaggerwild
@btarunr How do you find that info, just stumbled on it or? Expreview
I gotcha!
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#6
epiquestions
if someone had the money for that, i'm sure he would have the money to build a powerful gaming rig.
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#7
bogami
1945 $ Qwerkill ! I would expect extortionate 1,000$ . On the cover have invested a lot, as always, it is the most expensive part of a cost of about 2$.then we find that the Previous generation proved to be better according to the effectiveness of the core .Many leftists already have intel that is so expensive ,my thoughts on. and what you can do if AMD can not compete with indel at the moment monopol ,pay or get lost Intel thoughts ! AMD wake up .
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#8
dorsetknob
"YOUR RMA REQUEST IS CON-REFUSED"
btarunr said:
The same was true for one lucky user of a Core i7-6950X ten-core processor ES. Listed for auction on Ebay, the chip sold for $1,950.
Don't engineering samples remain the property of Intel and are covered by NDA ect

so Some one Sells an ES on EBAY ain't that Like Selling and Buying Stolen Goods
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#9
Caring1
dorsetknob said:
Don't engineering samples remain the property of Intel and are covered by NDA ect

so Some one Sells an ES on EBAY ain't that Like Selling and Buying Stolen Goods
I would have thought so, but they probably write them off as an expense.
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#10
ZeDestructor
dorsetknob said:
Don't engineering samples remain the property of Intel and are covered by NDA ect

so Some one Sells an ES on EBAY ain't that Like Selling and Buying Stolen Goods
Legally speaking, yup.

As far as a good 15 years of experience shows though, Intel doesn't seem to mind all that much. I haven't heard any stories at least...

Afaik Intel would only get onto your back if you sell them as non-ES chips, since ES chips may be non-final chips and have faulty or missing functionality.
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#11
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
AMD cares I had them show up to my door over the several dozen 945BE ES chips I sold.
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#12
LAN_deRf_HA
I think almost the whole Broadwell-E lineup showed up and was sold a few days ago. Hoping one of those buyers puts up some overclock numbers. I really hope they've cured Broadwell's poor overclocking problem.
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#13
jaggerwild
epiquestions said:
if someone had the money for that, i'm sure he would have the money to build a powerful gaming rig.
What he will do is, hold a few records for a few hours in HWBot. plus hes one of the first. that we know of.................................
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Caring1
LAN_deRf_HA said:
I think almost the whole Broadwell-E lineup showed up and was sold a few days ago. Hoping one of those buyers puts up some overclock numbers. I really hope they've cured Broadwell's poor overclocking problem.
Overclock numbers wont be relevant to mainstream buyers.
ES chips aren't locked down like the retail chips.
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#15
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Caring1 said:
Overclock numbers wont be relevant to mainstream buyers.
ES chips aren't locked down like the retail chips.
The 6950X isn't locked either.
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#16
95Viper
Could not get a better/cheaper advertising for $1950.00
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#17
ZeDestructor
cdawall said:
The 6950X isn't locked either.
Neither have the past 3 generations of E5-1600 series chips for that matter. I personally can confirm the E5-1650 v3 is nicely unlocked, for example.
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#18
Steven B
ZeDestructor said:
Legally speaking, yup.

As far as a good 15 years of experience shows though, Intel doesn't seem to mind all that much. I haven't heard any stories at least...

Afaik Intel would only get onto your back if you sell them as non-ES chips, since ES chips may be non-final chips and have faulty or missing functionality.
Intel does go after ES chips sold on ebay and other markets before their launch, they take it very seriously, I have heard stories, but they jut aren't made public. The large CPU selling rings are made public though.
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#19
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Steven B said:
Intel does go after ES chips sold on ebay and other markets before their launch, they take it very seriously, I have heard stories, but they jut aren't made public. The large CPU selling rings are made public though.
I have heard the same. Chip was likely bought by Intel, and not an individual.
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#20
Makaveli
LAN_deRf_HA said:
I think almost the whole Broadwell-E lineup showed up and was sold a few days ago. Hoping one of those buyers puts up some overclock numbers. I really hope they've cured Broadwell's poor overclocking problem.
Why would you care about overclocking numbers from ES.

Which may not replicate what a retail chip will do?
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#21
LAN_deRf_HA
Makaveli said:
Why would you care about overclocking numbers from ES.

Which may not replicate what a retail chip will do?
Because that's not always the case. And in general why wouldn't you want to see a new chip get played with before release. This is after all an enthusiast site.
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#22
Prima.Vera
cadaveca said:
I have heard the same. Chip was likely bought by Intel, and not an individual.
My guess is it was bought by AMD...because. ;) ;) :D
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#23
Octavean
Prima.Vera said:
My guess is it was bought by AMD...because. ;) ;) :D
My guess is that it was sold by a disgruntled (laid off) Intel ex employ,......
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#24
Makaveli
LAN_deRf_HA said:
Because that's not always the case. And in general why wouldn't you want to see a new chip get played with before release. This is after all an enthusiast site.
It is the case more often than not.

And I would prefer it be a retail chip that i could actually go into a store and buy alittle bit more important to me than an ES on the internet.
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