Nearly 10 years ago, AMD attempted to break Intel's grip on the server market with the Opteron 6272, a 16-core 16-thread processor. Its launch price was $ 523, but you can now get one for £ 31.99 (around $ 40 / AU $ 60) on eBay – and yes, you can hold up to four in one server or workplace.
AMD Opteron 6272 processor – £ 31.99 on eBay
(about $ 40 / AU $ 60)
This rare AMD processor is available for a tiny percentage of its launch price – and eBay is full of it. Predecessor of the EPYC range, the Opteron was originally designed to be used in data centers. However, nothing prevents you from sticking four of them in a workstation … See the offer
The seller is based in the UK, but will be shipped to many countries around the world for an additional fee. If the remaining stocks dry up, there are still some 6272 available from other sellers.
Based on the Bulldozer architecture, the Opteron 6272 was produced using a 32nm manufacturing process, has a TDP of 115W and a cache of 32MB with a base frequency of 2.1 GHz .
Unsurprisingly, these parts were removed from a work environment. Opteron processors are server processors, used primarily in data centers that support service providers (i.e. web hosting, cloud storage and SaaS businesses).
Fast forward to 2020 and AMD has its best chance in a decade to make a splash, with the new EPYC range which has up to 64 cores per CPU and is built using a 7nm process.
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Compared to its predecessor, the new server processor from AMD benefits from a much higher IPC (instruction per clock), a larger cache, multithreading and the possibility of easily increasing the number of cores.