Eight Core Intel Preview Chip Appears On Auction Site

Subject: Processors | May 8, 2011 - 07:56 PM |
Tagged: sandy bridge, Eight Core, 2011

Although the item is no longer for sale--likely due to threatened legal action from Intel--an Eight core (socket 2011) Sandy Bridge chip briefly went on sale for a sum of $1359.99 on auction site Ebay.

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The chip reads "Intel Confidential Q19D ES 1.60GHz" and is alleged to be a preview chip for a socket 2011 Sandy Bridge processor capable of 8cores/16threads at 1.6Ghz. AMD's Bulldozer chips rocking eight cores have been announced for some time now and are planned to release in the first half of this year.  Intel has been content in fighting AMD's six core chips with its hyperthreaded quad cores; however, as more prevalent and optimized multi-threaded applications take advantage of AMDs higher number of physical cores, Intel may be planning to match AMD physical core for physical core in a plan to keep AMD at bay.

The new Intel chips should help to slow AMD's rise in server market share, while also trickling down the idea of (further optimized) multi-threaded applications to consumer markets. With that said, even though consumer level applications cannot currently fully utilize sixteen threads, the Tim Taylor-esque part of many hardware enthusiasts (especially folders) would love to have one anyway!

Source: Maximum PC

May 9, 2011 | 08:34 AM - Posted by terminal addict

AMD's Bulldozer chips have been rocking eight cores for some time now...

Ummm... What? Did I fall asleep and wake up in the future?

May 9, 2011 | 09:40 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Oh, I meant announced for some time now (supposed to be out around June this year i think). I think I meant to say announced but then remembered seeing some preview benchies and wanted to believe they were out in the wild :D. I'll correct the article to reflect this. Thanks for keeping me on my toes terminal addict! :D

EDIT: I may have also been thinking of the Magny-cours chips but wrote Bulldozer accidentally as they were up against the HT 6 core xeons... either way, I updated that bit to make more sense :). Thanks.

May 15, 2011 | 07:55 PM - Posted by Akira_pito

Eventually U are my fren, we all are !

May 10, 2011 | 02:32 PM - Posted by slugbug55

It never fails me how stupid some people can be trying to sell things like this.

May 10, 2011 | 09:05 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

heh, yeah :P Did they seriously believe Intel wasn't going to throw some lawyers at them?

From what I hear they are rather serious when they give out engineering samples that they are not to be resold.

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