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Earlier this week I was mindlessly surfing on eBay and came across quite a few very cheap listings for Engineering Samples of a couple Xeons. Googling for a while I learned a little about these chips but came out with more questions than answers. So, here are the major ones:

1. Has anybody ever here worked with ES chips? What are your experiences and have they significantly differed from standard retail versions?

2. It is my understanding that these chips are what the kids call "hot" due to the fact Intel claims eternal ownership of them. Is that true?

3. Unintended possession of these CPUs is still technically illegal; correct?

4. If trading/selling these things is illegal and these listings are actually for ES chips; how are they allowed to be sold on a website like eBay?


For the record; I'm not stupid enough to buy something that seems stolen. Should I just forget I saw these listings; or is there actually some legitimacy to them that no one ever seems to talk about? Twelve cores for ~$170 sounds like the type of thing that would get around pretty quickly.
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Earlier this week I was mindlessly surfing on eBay and came across quite a few very cheap listings for Engineering Samples of a couple Xeons. Googling for a while I learned a little about these chips but came out with more questions than answers. So, here are the major ones:

1. Has anybody ever here worked with ES chips? What are your experiences and have they significantly differed from standard retail versions?

2. It is my understanding that these chips are what the kids call "hot" due to the fact Intel claims eternal ownership of them. Is that true?

3. Unintended possession of these CPUs is still technically illegal; correct?

4. If trading/selling these things is illegal and these listings are actually for ES chips; how are they allowed to be sold on a website like eBay?


For the record; I'm not stupid enough to buy something that seems stolen. Should I just forget I saw these listings; or is there actually some legitimacy to them that no one ever seems to talk about? Twelve cores for ~$170 sounds like the type of thing that would get around pretty quickly.

I have worked with AMD ES chips before, its just the pre production chips that are used for testing purposes and such, they are pretty much the same exact chip as retail just a bit before that point, any youtuber you see that gets sent chips 99% of the time it is a ES chip. I dont know how the ruling over ownership goes but i dont think it matters. its not something intel or amd will ever regulate because of how limited the overall supply of them is. hope this helps a little bit and maybe someone else will have more info about the internals of it all to help more so.
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