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Cost of used Xeons surprising

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I just noticed that used Xeon E5620's are selling for more than used X5650's on eBay. That doesn't make any sense to me, can anyone explain?


E5620 is 8 core 2.4GHz

X5650 is 12 core 2.66GHz


I have the dual 5620 Mac Pro. I can trade up my CPUs and actually make a profit!

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Higher yields=higher dependability. They'll last longer under stress.


There's enough supply and demand to inflate prices on the 8 core Xeon's. If there was too much demand but not enough supply, prices would probably sky rocket. If there wasn't too much demand, but a huge supply then prices would plummet  A good number of times, used Xeon's go pretty cheap anyway.


It's all economics and trading. =]

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Ram is difficult to judge, as flash and ram memory prices fluctuate constantly I've noticed. Just a few months ago, you could get a decent speed 8gb ddr3 1600 kit for $40. That price is now near $70 just starting off for 8gb 1600 kits.

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