Intel Xeon E5-2670 V1 (Sandy Bridge-EP) Price Plummets: From USD $300 to USD $130 in Two Months

In a post on the forum, user GtiJason pointed us to an article on servethehome.com detailing the significant drop in price of the Xeon E5-2670 V1 processor. The Xeon E5-2670 is an eight-core Sandy Bridge-EP based processor which launched in March 2012 at a clock frequency of 2.6GHz. The launch price of the CPU was around USD $1500.

The price of the latest version of this SKU is the Xeon E5-2670 V3 based on the Haswell architecture and boasts 12 cores at a frequency of 2.3 GHz. The drop in price from USD 1500 at launch to USD $300 in September is not coming as a surprise as Sandy Bridge-EP is two generations older than Haswell-EP, but a price drop of 50% in less than two months certainly is. According to servethehome.com, the steep decline in price is due to the many thousands of processors hitting the second-hand market as Facebook decommissioned server equipment. It's interesting to see the impact of a large corporation like Facebook on the second-hand market for server processors.

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United States GtiJason says:

http://www.servethehome.com/intel-xeon-e5-2670-v1-prices-still-plummeting/

You can pick one up right now on Ebay for around $130.00, just in the last 10 days prices have dropped close to $100. Just keep in mind there are two major stepping versions to look for:

SR0H8 is C1 stepping. VT-x is supported but VT-d is supposedly not supported

SR0KX is the C2 stepping with the VT-d fix which may be important for virtualization pass-through

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

Are these overclockable at all? Looks nice for a server but even a 6-core on X79 would be better, yeah?

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