Latest Forum Posts

Latest News Posts
Coming Soon!
Social
Go Back   Techgage.com > Archives > Reviews and Articles

Reviews and Articles Discussion for Techgage content is located here. Only staff can create topics, but everyone is welcome to post.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-04-2008, 12:04 AM   #1
Rob Williams
Editor-in-Chief
 
Rob Williams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlantic Canada
Posts: 13,351
Default Intel Skulltrail Enthusiast Platform Preview

Consisting of two Extreme Quad-Core processors, Intel is looking to redefine what we know as "high-end". Skulltrail is touted as being the "ultimate" enthusiast platform, offering SLI and Crossfire support, huge overclocking abilities and enough sheer power to make the competition weep.

You can read the full article here and discuss it here! Questions regarding points that I might have overlooked in the review can also be asked here.
__________________
Intel Core i7-3960X, GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2, Kingston 16GB DDR3-2133, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD (OS, Apps), WD VR 1TB (Games), Corsair 1000HX, Corsair H70 Cooler
Corsair 800D, Dell 2408WFP 24", ASUS Xonar Essence STX, Gentoo (KDE 4.11. 3.12 Kernel)

"Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get!" - H.P. Baxxter
<Toad772> I don't always drink alcohol, but when I do, I take it too far.


Rob Williams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2008, 10:25 AM   #2
Greg King
I just kinda show up...
 
Greg King's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 2,086
Default

Solid review of a system that I will NEVER be able to afford.

It's impressive to see such a system being built for the bleeding edge enthusiast but it was a comfort to see affordable chips like the E8400 keep up with the others in a gaming scenario. Clearly the Skulltraill platform, or any similar setup, is for the encoder as the benefit in multicore gaming just isn't seen with 8 cores. This platform would be interesting to revisit in a year or so when the game developers get their games up to speed on the multi threaded front.
__________________
"It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
- Carl Sagan

Primary:
Intel i7-5960X | ASUS X99-Deluxe | 16GB Crucial DDR4 | Intel 730 240GB SSD | Crucial M4 256GB SSD
WD 1TB Black x1 | 2 x EVGA 770 GTX Superclocked SLI | Corsair H110 Water Cooler
Corsair 750D | Windows 8.1 x64 | Dell 2410 x 3 @ 5760x1200

ESXi Host:
Intel i5 3570 | ASRock Pro4-M | 24GB Patriot DDR3 | WD 250GB | QNAP NAS iSCSI Shared Storage
Greg King is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2008, 12:02 PM   #3
bigfuz
Guest Poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default Tiger Direct FTW!

TigerDirect.com has a great deal for the RAM needed for this board, already in stock. Single stick, 4GB, FB-Dimm 667MHz memory. The only downside is that it's relatively slow, but come on! Look at that! 4 gigs on one stick! That means you can stick one each in the first and third slots, keeping everything nice and cool, especially with a RAM fan.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...1&Sku=C19-2510

They also have the PC Power and Cooling 1000 watt PSU recommended in the article.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=P227-1004

Oooh! I'm already putting together components on my Tiger Direct wishlist. They don't have the m-board or processor yet, but when they do, I plan to make this into a system with more computing power than Africa!
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2008, 03:46 PM   #4
Rob Williams
Editor-in-Chief
 
Rob Williams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlantic Canada
Posts: 13,351
Default

Purchasing a 4GB stick for the sake of it wouldn't make any sense. The D5400XS board tops out at 8GB, so the best idea is to pick up four sticks of 2GB, for $80 more than that single 4GB stick:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=2280016

Once you get your rig built, come back and show it off! The board and CPUs won't be available until late Feb or early March, so there will be a little wait.
__________________
Intel Core i7-3960X, GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2, Kingston 16GB DDR3-2133, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD (OS, Apps), WD VR 1TB (Games), Corsair 1000HX, Corsair H70 Cooler
Corsair 800D, Dell 2408WFP 24", ASUS Xonar Essence STX, Gentoo (KDE 4.11. 3.12 Kernel)

"Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get!" - H.P. Baxxter
<Toad772> I don't always drink alcohol, but when I do, I take it too far.


Rob Williams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2008, 05:10 PM   #5
slugbug
Partition Master
 
slugbug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 336
Default

Same here, I'll never be able to afford that.
slugbug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2008, 10:07 PM   #6
On_Wisconsin
Coastermaker
 
On_Wisconsin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 233
Default

That's one insane setup...
__________________

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" and Samsung 226BW dual monitor setup, Logitech x-540 speakers
On_Wisconsin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2008, 11:30 PM   #7
Merlin
The Tech Wizard
 
Merlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Lakeland, Fl
Posts: 1,859
Default

Looks nice.
I would have liked to see the DDR2 800 be higher and the PCIe 1.1 to be 2.0 for the new cards coming out.
But I bet it still ROCKS

Merlin
__________________
Win7 64 bit
Intel i7 920 watercooled
Asus P6X580 Premium mobo,
GTX280 GPU watercooled
Synology NAS 207 Network Server with 2 Hitachi Terabite drives
LG NAS N2R1 with 2 ea 2 tb drives
LINKSYS PLK300 Powerline Network Kit

Merlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2008, 11:37 PM   #8
Rob Williams
Editor-in-Chief
 
Rob Williams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlantic Canada
Posts: 13,351
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
Looks nice.
I would have liked to see the DDR2 800 be higher and the PCIe 1.1 to be 2.0 for the new cards coming out.
I couldn't agree more. It would have been nice to see DDR3 even, but given the chipset that Skulltrail is based off of, I can understand why Intel chose to take this route. I have no doubt that if once released, potential is seen, then Intel will essentially merge the benefits from both the 5400 and X48 together and release an even more desirable platform.

For all of you who say "it's too expensive", bear in mind that smaller LGA771 processors will work in the system just fine. Stay tuned, as I plan to cover this in more detail in the coming weeks.
__________________
Intel Core i7-3960X, GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2, Kingston 16GB DDR3-2133, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD (OS, Apps), WD VR 1TB (Games), Corsair 1000HX, Corsair H70 Cooler
Corsair 800D, Dell 2408WFP 24", ASUS Xonar Essence STX, Gentoo (KDE 4.11. 3.12 Kernel)

"Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get!" - H.P. Baxxter
<Toad772> I don't always drink alcohol, but when I do, I take it too far.


Rob Williams is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
None

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What Would You Like to See from Intel's Enthusiast-class Motherboards? Tharic-Nar Motherboards 7 04-07-2011 01:42 AM
Intel Core i7 Performance Preview Rob Williams Reviews and Articles 25 01-03-2009 06:02 PM
Intel Announces Skulltrail - Pricing Revealed Rob Williams Processors 7 02-24-2008 09:31 PM
Skulltrail Processor Details Rumored, Platform to Support Quad-SLI Rob Williams Processors 2 10-26-2007 12:04 PM
IDF 07 SF: Skulltrail, QX9650, 45nm Performance Preview Rob Williams Reviews and Articles 2 09-20-2007 11:40 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:41 PM.