You mean, once it was shown that there was no more headroom in it and it wouldn't scale past about 400 MHz? What a bargain! Meanwhile, AMD also got the only interesting part of Alpha, the bus. That was almost as good a buy as when Intel bought an ARM core (XScale) and then ironically couldn't get it to "scale" down; it was the fastest ARM core, but it was also the most power-hungry by far.
Not sure where you're going with that. The EV9 was (Well would have been) 2Ghz IIRC, the EV6 was 1Ghz, and it was the first past the 1Ghz finish line. But I wasn't alluding to the Alpha itself, but the patent portfolio that came with it, for example, the bits of the EV8 that made it into Intel's 64-bit processor design.