Why are clovertowns so damn expensive?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by macprofit, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. macprofit macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010
    They cost as much as new processors coming out these days. Why is this?
    Is there any particular benefit to clovertown's? Better overclocking rate or something? It's been years, they should price these things down a bit.
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Xeon prices don't tend to fall at the retail level. Intel don't discount them, they just discontinue the line. So those with inventory can either clear it with a discount and lose money or hold on to them in the hopes those who have Xeon based machines will one day buy them. As most potential purchases are going to be for business the price doesn't matter so much. You can often see the same thing with original 6000 series Core 2 Duo and Core 2 quad processors too which still go for their original prices at a number of stores despite being made redundant many times.

    You can buy 2.66GHz and 3.00GHz Clovertowns on eBay for $250-$400 quite often.
  3. PurpleLogix macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    I gave up trying to find some at a decent price. Also the whole efi32 thing gave me the *****, upgrade and then I might not be able to install 10.7 because apple won't issuse a firmware update on my MP.

    Good luck on the hunt

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