"Even their processors are a joke" - not sure what you're smoking but the Power processors (Power5, 6, 7, 8, etc.) have been the king of the hill for large/multi-core systems for a while and still are. Xeon's are much less expensive so you can throw lots of cores at it, but there is diminishing returns. Power processors are designed for multi-core and multi-socket systems (lots of cache per core, high speed communications, etc.).