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Here We Go Again: 40-Thread Xeon PC for less than a Broadwell-E Core i7

Following up to our popular 32-thread Xeon PC feature, we've been in the hunt for affordable Xeon processors based on more modern architectures. Our search put us on the trail of Intel's Xeon E5 2630 v4, a 10-core Broadwell-EP part (40 threads for 2 CPUs) that can be found for less - with a catch - so we put together a system to show off what's on offer here.

32-Thread Xeon Setup for Less Than a Haswell-E Core i7

Originally released in 2012 for a whopping $1,550, thousands of Xeon E5-2670 CPUs hit the second hand market last year as massive data centers upgraded their servers. This 4-year old CPU delivers 8-cores clocked at 2.6GHz with a 3.3GHz turbo frequency and a large 20MB L3 cache. But with supply overwhelming demand, prices have plummeted to just $70, so it's possible to build an insanely affordable 16-core/32-thread beast for less than the price of a Haswell-E Core i7.

AMD announces its first ARM SoC, the 8-core Opteron A1100

Way back in late 2012, AMD revealed plans for 64-bit capable ARM-based server SoCs, branded as 'Opteron' and set to launch in 2014. Right on schedule, AMD has delivered the first of these ARM-based server SoCs, which just so happen…