For those that have been following in the forums, the Intel Xeon E5-2600 V2 series has been available for about a week now online. This is no surprise as Intel has a regular practice of selling chips to large customers well before their release date. Every year, we are able to purchase the new Intel Xeon E3 lineup prior to its official debut. It should be no surprise then that the Intel Xeon E5-2600 V2 series is already for sale online. STH forum members have already been actively purchasing the chips. Intel will release the chips at IDC in San Francisco, but between the Apple Mac Pro and various other sources, we know what to expect. The big story at this point is that the chips have been available since September 1.
Examples of the Intel Xeon E5-2600 V2 chips on sale now
The Intel Xeon E5-2697 V2 is a huge 12C/24T chip. We recently had the opportunity to benchmark the Intel Xeon E5-2697 V2 a few weeks ago. A quantity greater than 10 are available on ebay here as an example for $2,800 – $2,900 each. One of the forum users posted his find, as well as Geekbench results and performance impressions of the Xeon E5-2697 in the forums.
On the more affordable end, the lower end chips such as the Intel Xeon E5-2640 V2 have started to make their way to market. The Intel Xeon E5-2640 V2 is a 8C/16T chip with 20MB of L3 cache and runs sub $900 each in places such as this.
Finding more on early release chips
As always, join the STH forums as members consistently find the latest gear and deals on previous generation technology. The community has been growing rapidly so feel free to join!