As usual, Intel has distributed its engineering samples between partners and means to enable them start with the relevant evidence in each case. But it seems now has an unconventional situation is that one of these partners or media has not respected the agreement with Intel and has put on sale on Ebay an engineering sample of a Intel Core i7-6950X ” Broadwell-E ” processor to the tune of $ 1950.
I’ll be completely honest, from the point of view of a media: as you know manufacturers often send us samples of their products to perform analysis, and if the product has a moderate cost, often it can be us for our personal use or testing laboratory. It is very unusual, not to say that this only happens to a few privileged, the manufacturer will yield an engineering sample that has a crazy price as is the case now concerns us. Of course there are people who do this for doing business but this, in my view, beyond all limits because as I mentioned earlier there is a confidentiality agreement by which has not been respected.
The Intel Core i7-6950X that is for sale is a processor 10 cores and 20 threads of process based on the Broadwell-E 14 nanometer architecture that is yet to be announced officially.It is compatible with Intel socket LGA 2011v3 (X99 chipset) and has a TDP of 140 watts.They are attached in the advertisement placed on Ebay high resolution images that leave no doubt that the product is authentic.
As you can see in the ad, who lives in the US has the processor, and charges an additional $ 50 for shipping costs shipping to anywhere in the world. So, if you want to have this processor before anybody else and you can spare $ 2,000 for nothing, now you have a good chance. However, it falls discounted according to the policy say that Intel engineering samples belong to the company regardless of any other situation, so in theory this sale would be unlawful.
Core i7 6950X specs
Family Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition
Model number i7-6950X
Data width 64 bit
The number of CPU cores 10
The number of threads 20
Floating Point Unit Integrated
Level 1 cache size 10 x 32 KB instruction caches, 10 x 32 KB data caches
Level 2 cache size 10 x 256 KB caches
Level 3 cache size 25 MB
TDP 140 Watt