i found an auction on ebay last week at night. it was for a p3 tualatin 1.4ghz unlocked, 10.5mult max. i think intel made the engineering samples such that they cant be run at a higher multiplier than the retail version of it.
at the time, it was going for 120$. at school the next day, i decided to get it. when i came home, THE AUCTION WAS OVER! boom, i felt like crap. one of the rarest chips, and one that i really need for a silent pc, and it was sold already. btw, it sold for $180.
i checked ebay for other currently opened auctions, but to no avail. i checked the already sold items, and i noticed that the guy who sold the 1.4 also sold two other unlocked p3 tualatins.
i registered for an ebay account, and emailed the guy asking him where he got so many of them. he didnt reply to where he got them from, but informed me he still had 1 1.4 left. he offered to sell it for an incredible price of 150$. i immediately agreed to buy it. it should be coming in 1-2 weeks.
of course, ill post pics as soon as i get it. unfortunately, i wont be able to run it for an even longer time. i dont have a fc-pga2 motherboard yet, and i wont be getting any more money for quite some time.
can you believe it? a stock 1.4 costs 212$, and i got an unlocked one for even cheaper!