Yea, no they weren't. The comparable CPU from that generation, the 8176f was around 1/4 the price you listed.If this doesn't "scream" just how badly Intel were ripping us off in the past, nothing does. CPUs like this were over the 20G mark previously
Competition is so, very important.
Intel Xeon 8176M Octacosa-core (28 Core) 2.10 GHz Socket 3647 - 14 nm - 165 W sells for $35,149.00