grantmeaname wrote:qurious73ss wrote:You think they have a different mask for Westmere and Gulftown? If you think they are different then Intel must throw away alot of die that don't meet the criteria for the top bin or maybe they use the same mask and can bin 5680X down to E5600 with i79xx in between. With record revenue and earnings, as well as margins >65%, my guess is that they still sell those chips that don't meet top bin criteria instead of throwing them away.
I think the fact that a business the size of Intel has a high margin doesn't not necessarily counterindicate a low-margin practice in a small halo-effect area of their business and that you're making a giant assumption in saying so.
A "giant assumption" because I assume that they don't throw away 90% of their die that don't meet the Extreme criteria? How hard is it to believe that since they are exactly the same chip that instead of throwing them away they bin out the wafer into several different segments including a client based extreme part.