Its aimed at enterprise customers looking for the bare minimum to power very expensive per-core licensed software which could be many times higher cost than the CPU itself which puts itself in a very niche pricing situation that doesn't make sense to a consumer standpoint. This is something Intel has done for a very long time on its past low core count high clocked Xeons.
Another niche product is also those Intel BlackOPs labeled Xeons that are pretty much the same as that but targeted to high frequency trading markets and finance.
I was watching it all the time back then too, and I knew it was going to go up a lot for sure. Only other option was for AMD to go bankrupt at that point and that seemed pretty unlikely. I was just a bit too young with my saving back then to have comfortably started a stock investment account but good god I wish I had followed through.
I even went as far as to try to setup a Charles Schwab account with $500 only to learn I didn't meet some kind of minimum to buy stock or something, I forget what the hold up was but I was like 8 out of ten steps there and just didnt follow through. Kicking myself all the time for that one.
that's insane.... the things we do...…………. lol that really sucks to hear
IMO Intel made this Glued 8180 just to keep their current customers from jumping to AMD, and Intel will give them complete assembly with Soldered CPU/Water cooling and all at much lower price then advertise just for compensation that they had to wait for Intel's 10NM parts for so long.
If AMD gonna release 400W EPYC 64C then -OMG!.
If they can clock high then I see no reason Why AMD shouldn't make very expensive High clock models like 9990XE that will sold in auction, it will be great for easy Income.