Little known online retailer AVAdirect has come up with the first 24-core workstation (or gaming station) based on a pair of AMD Opteron 6168, which is a 1.9GHz model with 12MB L3 cache and a TDP of 80W.
The computer seller used an Asus motherboard paired with 2GB Crucial RAM, a 250GB hard disk drive, no optical drive, keyboard or mouse and with Redhat Fedora 32-bit operating system preloaded.
We've selected a no-name Mid-tower case together with a Thermaltake 500W PSU to power the server plus a pair of Dynatron CPU coolers and standard thermal compound.
Surprisingly, the slowest video card we could get from their online configurator is an ATI FirePro V3700 model with two DVI ports and 256MB GDDR3 memory, which in all fairness is rather good.
The rest of the configuration relies on the Asus server motherboard which allows for up to 256GB RAM, comes with six SATA ports, two GbE LAN ports, two PCIe x16 slots and much more.
The whole package comes in at $2012.75 which equates to £1333.33 before taxes. What makes the deal even sweeter is the free US delivery, the free mild overclocking option and three year limited hardware and labour warranty.
Unfortunately, you won't be able to get the deal in the UK and given that the CPUs alone sells for around £1252 here, the AVA direct deal is a particularly good one.