A Missouri-based server distributor, Oakville Mehlville Computers, is allegedly selling AMD's 12-core Opteron CPUs ahead of the formal launch, according to the company's eBay auction. The components, known by the monicker Magny-Cours, were originally expected to ship sometime in the first quarter of this year, although AMD has yet to publicly announce the exact date.
AMD early last year claimed the Magny-Cours CPUs, based on the company's 45 nanometer process, will integrate Direct Connect Architecture 2.0, along with twice as many memory channels and a significant boost in memory speed compared to current offerings. The DCA 2.0 system is also believed to bring a considerable increase in the performance-per-watt ratio.
The eBay seller is offering a set of four G34-socket Opteron CPUs "from AMD assembly line (sic)," with the starting bid set at $7,700 and a Buy It Now price of $7,700.