It may not be due out until early next year, but an engineering sample of Intel's monster Core i9 processor (the kind we saw benchmarked) ended up on eBay. The 2.4GHz Xeon Westmere Gulftown chip's auction ended, unfortunately, so all you nerd millionaires can forget about snagging the expensive escapee.

Given that the pictures don't blur the ID numbers, Intel should have no problem tracking the chip—bad news for whoever let it slip onto eBay. [Tom's Hardware]