Intel Details "Skulltrail" Enthusiasts Platform
Anh Tuan Huynh
April 17, 2007 12:50 AM
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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
featured two Xeon
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
concept will become a reality at its
Spring Intel Developer Forum
in Beijing, China.
Intel has named its new enthusiast platform
. Intel has remained very tight-lipped about its
platform except a few basic features.
will arrive later this year and accommodate two
Core micro architecture
. 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,
will sport four PCIe slots for graphics expansion. Intel doesn’t divulge details on which multi-GPU graphics technology
takes advantage of, however, Intel’s current 975X Express supports AMD’s CrossFire technology.
Intel has not released any details on the chipset powering
yet. Nevertheless, Intel expects to unveil its next-generation single processor enthusiast chipset,
, later this year.
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4/17/2007 7:39:56 AM
I think these Systems are overkill (for gaming) because no game developer will ever think of developing their games based on this kind of hardware. So, the only benefit you get is insanely high frame rate, which you really don't need. Another benefit is of course that it is future-proof. But a new generation of product is always able to touch the same performance with lower cost and power-consumption.
4/17/2007 10:21:32 AM
What planet have you been on. I remember when Doom3 and Oblivian came out and they over taxed every system out and every dame website was riding thier jocks.
Look at how great a system you need for these games. They are that good. I thought everyone alive was complete fools for having to spend 600 in upgrades to play 1 game. People bashed me this site for say the saem think.
Now high end sytems are over kill because the new must have game didn't come out yet. People are so flanky.
4/17/2007 11:29:43 AM
Yes but.... mostly what people ened is GPU power and not CPU power. Most games would take advantage of more GPU power, but have 2 quad-cores vs one dual core is not going to net you much gain. Even if games go more multi-threaded 1 quad core will be more than enough for the near future, while a new GPU iwll be a must have.
4/17/2007 11:44:39 AM
and every dame website was riding thier jocks
I don't know what THAT type of website has to do with Oblivion or Doom 3. I kid, I kid.
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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