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News on multi-gpu performance on skulltrail!

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by panchoman, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. panchoman

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    I fail to find any info on performance there...
     
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    yeah.. i realized sorry.. can you change it to multi-gpu configurations
     
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    whatever it is.. it dosnt seem to be in the "normal" person league.. he he

    the term white elephant kinda springs to mind..

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    i love the idea of skulltrail but its too expensive qaud fx was affordable but this is sick:shadedshu
     
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    Ah 4 way quad-fire..... welcome to the land of diminished returns :p
     
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    I really wished ATI and Intel worked out on Crossfire for the Intel Seaberg 5400. We're getting to see the workstation giants, TYAN, SM, ASUS come up with WS boards with 2x PCI-E 2.0.

    With relevence to the topic, with ATI Crossfire, 5400 based WS boards could become inexpensive but amazing alternatives for the elite Skulltrail. Sure, 4x PCI-E slots but we still get to use 2x Xeons. No OC'ing too but with the amount of raw processing power at disposal, we wouldn't need OC'ing too when used with 2 Harpertown chips. At least (2x E5430 ($1200) + Seaberg based board from SM (~$300) looks a nice inexpensive alternative to a Skulltrail ( > $300 (I expect)) + 2x Core 2 Extreme QX9770 (~$2000?)

    If the 5400 does get Crossfire support, 2x HD3870 X2 cards paired with this will form a superb value alternative to a Skulltrail setup.
     
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    Please tell me what Seaburg board retails for that price? Think more around $500-$600.
     
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    I'm sorry, yes. The cheapest Seaburg board sells for ~$400, it's the TYAN S5396A2NR. But that's 1x PCI-E x16 (8 lane signal). So the SM MBD-X7DWA should fit our requirement. But looking at the way these WS boards are priced, don't you think the Skulltrail could be way higher priced? Say >$700?

    So the hypothetical Seaburg+Crossfire would make a good value alternative to the Skulltrail + 2x Q9x70
     

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