Oh well, so Sun didn't announce any new 4- or 8-way Opteron boxes in their latest batch of product announcements. I'm still amazed that the only Tier-1 vendor who'll sell you a 4-way Opteron is HP, and nobody has an 8-way yet.
It might be that there isn't the demand until 64-bit Windows ships? HP submitted a TPC-C
result for a 4-way Opteron 248 system running 32-bit Windows & SQL-Server which was in retrospect a tad disapointing, only fractionally beating 3.0GHz Xeons (all be it the 4MB cache versions).
The lack of 8-way Opteron systems is a bit surprising, especially given the competition scales terribly (IBM Xeon systems TPC-C 4-way