Intel will run an auction to find channel buyers for a forthcoming CPU.
The CPU in question is the Core i9-9990XE, which boasts 14 cores, 28 threads, 4.0 Ghz performance and the ability to burst up to a sizzling 5.0 Ghz.
The chip is designed for desktop computers and Intel told CRN it’s “specifically for the financial services industry because of specific customer requirements.”
“Because the Intel Core i9-9990XE was built with unique specifications and high frequency to meet the workload needs of this targeted industry, it can only be produced in limited quantities and will not be broadly made available,” Intel told CRN.
“The part will be offered through an auction to ensure fairness in supply distribution.”
CRN understands the scarcity of the product may be attributable to it being either individual units of Intel’s i9-9940X chip that tested as being capable of reliable operation at been accelerated to higher speeds, or a tweak to that product that enables it to run faster.
CRN has not previously encountered a vendor conducting formal auction for new product. Disties sometimes favor those willing to pay more for new goods if a product is in short supply. And all sorts of new and second-hand kit pops up on auction sites!
CRN understands the CPU will be offered once a quarter but only to a limited group of system integrators.
Whoever stumps up for the CPUs will be paying big bucks, as Intel’s next-most-powerful CPU – the i9 9980XE – currently retails at a whisker under AUD$3000 and has a US recommended retail price of US$ $1999 (AUD$ 2794).