Talk about a price difference

I've been perusing vendor websites comparing prices on their big iron Opteron boxes. I've found something that isn't quite right: 1) Sun x4600 M2, 64GB RAM, four Opteron 8218s, two SAS drives, RHEL3, rack kit: $47,999 2) HP DL585G2, 64GB RAM (extrapolated from their online pricing), four Opteron 8212s two SAS drives, RHEL3, rack kit: $70k or so 3) Dell PowerEdge 6950, 64GB RAM, four Opteron 8220SEs, two SAS driv

I've been perusing vendor websites comparing prices on their big iron Opteron boxes. I've found something that isn't quite right:

1) Sun x4600 M2, 64GB RAM, four Opteron 8218s, two SAS drives, RHEL3, rack kit: $47,999

2) HP DL585G2, 64GB RAM (extrapolated from their online pricing), four Opteron 8212s two SAS drives, RHEL3, rack kit: $70k or so

3) Dell PowerEdge 6950, 64GB RAM, four Opteron 8220SEs, two SAS drives, RHEL3, rack kit: $30k

Notice something odd? There isn't much in the way of detailed specs on Dell's site, but their pricing for 4GB DDR667 RAM is $20k for 64GB, or around $1.5k/DIMM. HP's pricing is $4k/DIMM. Sun is in the middle, and to be fair, the x4600 scales to twice the spec of either the Dell or HP system. Either Dell's throwing one heck of a loss-leader in a bizarre way, or someone messed up the site pricing.

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