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IsoHunt administrators claim AMD couldn't wait to give the P2P website new processors for its servers

Bizarre.  That's the only word I could use to describe the unfolding AMD-IsoHunt story. 

Earlier this month, one of IsoHunt's administrators posted the following post in its forum section:
I'd like to thank the nice people at AMD for allowing us to have 2 pre-production engineering samples of their Opteron 2352 CPUs. These cpus have been installed in our primary database server (as of this afternoon) and we'll definitely be following up in the near future with our impressions of these particular cpus. (Although I'll admit that we ran all of our web traffic for about 20 minutes earlier today on those cpus without any issue, so they're certainly powerhouses).
IsoHunt, for those not familiar, is a BitTorrent aggregator similar in spirit to The Pirate Bay.  The MPAA launched a lawsuit against IsoHunt in February 2006; the website then relocated to Canada to escape a DMCA takedown notification.   Even more legal pressure forced the site to block its all U.S. IP addresses from its tracker.

So why would AMD choose to back a pro-piracy torrent tracker? We could ask former Inquirer, current Tom's Hardware blogger Theo Valich, who joined the Facebook group on the same day as the post. administrators would not reply to our posts as to why they were given the new processors. 

What IsoHunt would confirm is that the new processors sent to them include some of the first production B2-stepping Opteron 2352 Barcelona processors.

These processors to not fix the widely-reported TLB race condition.  The fix for this race condition crippled production Phenom and Barcelona processors under certain tests, though most real-world scenarios are unaffected by the bug. 

AMD guidance states that the new B3 silicon processors are tracking to ship to OEMs at the end of Q1; system builders will start receiving the chips near the beginning of Q2.  The company has no plans to release anymore B2 processors.

AMD corporate sent DailyTech the official comment regarding IsoHunt.  "We can state that whatever it is that claims it has (B3 Barcelona silicon), that it was not sent from AMD." is currently firewalled from AMD's corporate network. It's listed as an P2P file sharing website. 

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By Spyke on 2/6/2008 2:15:28 PM , Rating: 5
Talk about a lot of misinformation in this article, but lets all remember that the RIAA/BSA/MPAA/IFPI/MAFFIA/etc relies upon massive misinformation campaigns to get what they want.

Lets start off with some facts:

isoHunt did NOT relocate to "escape a DMCA takedown notification".

The site was being relocated to Canada long before news that the US ISP even pulled the plug, that disconnection sped the relocation effort up obviously.

isoHunt did and still DOES comply with DMCA takedown notifications and will remove *anything* thats requested as per the DMCA policy found on the site.

isoHunt does NOT block US visitors from the website. The website has nothing to do with the in-house trackers that are separately run by the same company.

isoHunt is not avoiding the law by relocating to Canada, paying for US lawyers to fight a US based case proves this, even though the site is out of US jurisdiction.

And finally, we wish the Barcelonas were B3 steppings, which they are not, they're just plain B2 stepping 2352's that are running with the bios microcode 'fix'. As nearly all of our hardware is based on AMD socket F, the quad core opterons are our upgrade path, which is why AMD sent the cpu's for us to test, as were commited to buy B3 quad cores upon release, and are for the most part an AMD only shop.

Companies tend to send samples if it means a potential future infra wide upgrade, AMD is no exception. You can go on and on and on, review samples get sent to review sites like this all the time.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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