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Intel prepares to take on AMD's Quad FX

Intel hinted at the possibilities of a high-end gaming system based around its Xeon workstation processors earlier this year at CES 2007. The Intel V8 system featured two Xeon Clovertown processors clocked at 2.4 GHz and a single GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card. Although it was a proof of concept to counter AMD’s Quad FX enthusiast platform at the time, Intel has announced the V8 concept will become a reality at its Spring Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, China.

Intel has named its new enthusiast platform Skulltrail. Intel has remained very tight-lipped about its Skulltrail platform except a few basic features. Skulltrail will arrive later this year and accommodate two Core micro architecturequad-core processors. It is unknown if Intel will develop a new platform to accommodate dual LGA775 socket processors or rework its LGA771 socket Xeon workstation platform to accommodate unbuffered DDR2 memory. Intel’s Xeon workstation platform only accepts FB-DIMM memory.

On the graphics processing side of things, Skulltrail will sport four PCIe slots for graphics expansion. Intel doesn’t divulge details on which multi-GPU graphics technology Skulltrail takes advantage of, however, Intel’s current 975X Express supports AMD’s CrossFire technology.

Intel has not released any details on the chipset powering Skulltrail yet. Nevertheless, Intel expects to unveil its next-generation single processor enthusiast chipset, X38 Express, later this year.

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Nothing New!
By ButterFlyEffect78 on 4/17/2007 5:25:06 AM , Rating: -1
Why even try to make it look like a conept of something as if it doesnt exist. All Amd needs right now is Barecelona to show off its fury of already existing 4x4 platform, to only see it grow to 8x8 in short time.

RE: Nothing New!
By lplatypus on 4/17/2007 6:50:39 AM , Rating: 3
quote: only see it grow to 8x8 in short time
8 GPUs? please no! :-)

RE: Nothing New!
By FITCamaro on 4/17/2007 7:52:42 AM , Rating: 2
8 CPU cores. Not GPU. 8x8 would be two 8 core processors totaling 16 cores.

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