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Intel Officially Launches Skulltrail Platform

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For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform. Formerly codenamed "Skulltrail," this is one of the first enthusiast desktop platforms to support two Intel quad core processors for a total of eight processing engines and a choice of multi-card graphics solutions from either ATI or NVIDIA.

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You know, strangely enough, this is one situation where getting a Mac Pro is actually a cheaper solution... :wtf:
 
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You know, strangely enough, this is one situation where getting a Mac Pro is actually a cheaper solution... :wtf:
lol, i have to agree with you there.

Btw, can you put PC based gcards in a Mac, or do they still have mac specified versions?
 
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Which doesn't support SLI.
Well, get one of them there 9800 GX2 whatchamacallit's that all you Nvidia boys are raving over, and take care of that. ;)

lol, i have to agree with you there.

Btw, can you put PC based gcards in a Mac, or do they still have mac specified versions?
I've heard you can use PC-based gcards just fine, if you eschew the MacOS and just install Windows onto it like any other PC.
 
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to bad its not $50
 
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So there is OSX support for pc based gcards?
Nope, for the most part. But you don't need it -- just wipe the drive and install windows as the main boot. Your Mac Pro will now be a "PC Pro," or whatever. Use whatever video card you want at this point. (Mind you, this is all hearsay.)

Forget OSX, seriously. If I want a bubbly-looking *nix OS, I'll install Ubuntu. :p
 
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LOL, why get the Mac Pro in the first place, if it wasn't for the OSX support? :)
 
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Nope, for the most part. But you don't need it -- just wipe the drive and install windows as the main boot. Your Mac Pro will now be a "PC Pro," or whatever. Use whatever video card you want at this point. (Mind you, this is all hearsay.)

Forget OSX, seriously. If I want a bubbly-looking *nix OS, I'll install Ubuntu. :p
If i am not mistaken, you still need bootcamp to run XP or ubuntu...which means you still need osx.
 
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I mean vs. buying or building a "PC" dual Xeon ;)

Without the need for OSX, could build with your choice of case, motherboard, etc.
 
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u can run two qx9650's in the skull trail right? your not limited to only xeons, or am i mistaken, cos ive seen screenies and am pretty sure it can be done.
altho i still wonder why fb dimm ram. plus its a shame that their will only be a limited number of these boards made. if only intel chipset mobos with sli over a ht bus and two nvidia mcp chipsets were a standard for premium motherboards... :ohwell:
 
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u can run two qx9650's in the skull trail right? your not limited to only xeons, or am i mistaken, cos ive seen screenies and am pretty sure it can be done.
altho i still wonder why fb dimm ram. plus its a shame that their will only be a limited number of these boards made. if only intel chipset mobos with sli over a ht bus and two nvidia mcp chipsets were a standard for premium motherboards... :ohwell:
Its S771 so yes, only Xeons.
 
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fair enough, my mistake. can anyone tell me why intel cant make a board that bridges the fsb to ht for sli on an x48? or eqivilant, so quad extremes can be used?
 
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I can see how this platform would be tickling game devs right now; I think the quote from ID Software kinda put that into perspective:

"For the team creating world-class games here at id, time is one of our most valuable assets," said Robert A. Duffy, Programming Director, id Software. "Having eight powerful Intel cores in a single machine helps our team create and test our latest titles at record speed. We have seen one of our most time-consuming asset generation processes cut from over 4 hours to under 20 minutes by utilizing all eight cores and threading the generation code. Long term this translates to better games on the market faster than previously possible."
aside from that, though - I don't really see the average Joe-enthusiast stouting one of these setups





Although, the Skulltrail will go a long way in one's quest to turn a PC into a microwave.
 
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fair enough, my mistake. can anyone tell me why intel cant make a board that bridges the fsb to ht for sli on an x48? or eqivilant, so quad extremes can be used?
Because that would cut into nVidia's sales of 600 and 700 series chipsets, so they'd rather not license it out.