Bored with six cores already? Maybe it's time to do double up, and if you have a deep wallet to work with (and the right platform), you can certainly do so.
Provantage has apparently begun taking orders for AMD's 12-core "Magny-Cours" Opteron X12 chips ahead of the part's official launch.The 12-core processors range in clockspeed from 1.7GHz to 2.4GHz and come with either 16MB or 18MB of combined cache (L2 and L3).
The chips are all built on a 45nm manufacturing process and draw between 65 watts and 105 watts of power. Provantage is selling the parts starting at about $800 (6164) and all the way to around $1,500.
This one is a little complicated, but here’s what happened: My girlfriend bought an AMD All-in-Wonder 7500 AGP card from Provantage.com for her father, but it arrived without a remote. He thought the description on the website indicated a remote would come with it, so he asked me to take a look at the website. I thought the product description was ambiguous, so I pinged Provantage about the remote and whether it was OEM or retail packaged.
To make a long story short, a customer service rep told me it did come with a remote and that it was retail boxed. The package my girlfriend’s father received was OEM and came with a driver disc and card—no remote. My girlfriend’s father didn’t want to bother with trying to fight for a return or the remote, so I left it at that. But I think it’s wrong for a company to tell you a product comes with something and then not include it. Provantage.com is definitely not a company I would recommend to anyone who works hard for his or her money.