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It's not the next drug, but it is Intel's next-generation ultra-high-end motherboard

Although this might be a little inconsequential to post in a blog, I just wanted to point out that Intel's next-generation Skulltrail replacement is technically on the roadmap for Q4 2008. 

It's name: Smackover.   This server motherboard, rebranded as a halo desktop product, will only compete at the ultra-high-end enthusiast segment -- a market AMD recently exited.

Also like Skulltrail, Smackover is essentially a server motherboard with overclocking abilities for the upcoming Nehalem processor, also slated for release in Q4 2008.  The board will use the Tylersburg server chipset with ICH10R. 

Intel designates its product codenames off various points of interest on U.S. maps.  Smackover, as it would happen, is actually a small town in Arkansas.  It had to be somewhere I suppose.

Intel guidance is light on details, though representatives (off the record) would confirm that the board features 3-channel DDR3 and an LGA1366 socket. 

Just remember friends, smack kills!

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By Runiteshark on 12/4/2007 2:44:18 PM , Rating: 2
I actually like the name of this.

AMD has traditionally always had the coolest names. Think about it;

Off of the top of my head:


Clawhammer / Sledgehammer (desktop / server)
Chomper (K6-2 anyone?)
SPARTA!!!!! (Single core crappy sempron in K10 guise I believe)

Of course AMD had some stupid ones too, like San Diego, Toledo, Orleans, etc...

But still, to me, seeing all of Intel's core names, which to me have a ritzy overdone (Clovertown) sound to them, and then seeing AMD's crass naming scheme (Bulldozer) always makes me chuckle.

RE: Nice
By Master Kenobi on 12/4/07, Rating: 0
RE: Nice
By Clauzii on 12/4/2007 7:26:20 PM , Rating: 2
But then again: What might the Spiders web catch when it's completed?

RE: Nice
By AmberClad on 12/4/2007 4:58:35 PM , Rating: 2
Speaking of Smithfield - Intel probably didn't do much research before deciding on that one. Virginians like me see that name, and we immediately think of ham. Although...given Pentium D's piggish power requirements, it's somewhat fitting.

Bad Axe was fairly decent - I thought it was amusing how they skated around an obscenity with that one (perhaps intentionally?). Skulltrail - little on the cheesy side, but considering AMD no longer has anything to match it, with the death of QuadFX, it's justifiable.

Wolfdale and Bearlake aren't bad either.

Smackover is pretty undeniable in-your-face. There's little doubt in my mind who the Intel guys think they laid the Smack-down all Over ;).

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