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Intel Confirms “ScullTrail” Availability Later This Year

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September 20, 2007 5:28:28 PM

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/chipsets/display/200709192...

“Maximum cooling performance at minimum noise levels and excellent reliability can be particularly important in the world of high-end workstations and special server applications. We’ve received lots of requests regarding Xeon compatibility and we’re pleased that we’re now able to provide Xeon mounting-kits as well as a Xeon-Edition of the NH-U12F and NH-U9F upon request. Finally, Xeon-based systems can benefit from the performance and quality of our coolers too,” said Roland Mossig, Noctua chief executive.
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September 20, 2007 6:14:44 PM

Nice idea but I'm not jazzed about FB-DIMMs.



Intel’s Skulltrail platform for gamers based on code-named Seaburg chipset resembles Stoakley platform for high-end dual-processor workstations, but in addition to features like support for two quad-core Intel Xeon microprocessor with up to 1600MHz processor system bus, [b said:
up to 128GB of FB-DIMM memory, Intel virtualization technology and other capabilities, the Skulltrail offers four PCI Express x16 slots for graphics cards, something that high-end gamers may require.
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Intel’s Skulltrail platform for gamers based on code-named Seaburg chipset resembles Stoakley platform for high-end dual-processor workstations, but in addition to features like support for two quad-core Intel Xeon microprocessor with up to 1600MHz processor system bus, up to 128GB of FB-DIMM memory, Intel virtualization technology and other capabilities, the Skulltrail offers four PCI Express x16 slots for graphics cards, something that high-end gamers may require.
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IMO, a dual socket enthusaist platform does not use FB-DIMM's or ECC memory and does not require server grade processors. If I wanted that, I would just build a dual socket Opteron or dual socket Xeon workstation with parts that are available on the markets now. Why bother waiting for a new chipset and spending all that money on a mobo and FB-DIMMs only to get an increased front side bus.




Even though it remains to be seen whether Intel allows overclocking of its Intel Xeon processors, Noctua, a well-known maker of high-performance liquid-cooling systems, announced on Wednesday that its popular liquid solutions now feature mounting mechanisms for Intel Xeon processors. said:


Even though it remains to be seen whether Intel allows overclocking of its Intel Xeon processors, Noctua, a well-known maker of high-performance liquid-cooling systems, announced on Wednesday that its popular liquid solutions now feature mounting mechanisms for Intel Xeon processors.

The compelling thing about QuadFX and/or FASN8 is that it used non-ECC memory, used non-server processors, and showed great overclocking potential. What good does it do to have a liquid cooling solution for a Xeon if Intel is not going to open it up for overclocking? Liquid cooling for Xeon is as about as useful as a 10ft d!ck.

I'm not sure that Intel "gets it" when it comes to the concept of an "ultimate enthusaist platform". It's almost as if Intel is releasing a dual socket "enthusiast platform" just for the sake of releasing a dual socket enthusiast platform.

Given a choice between FASN8 and Skulltrail I'd still have to spend my money on FASN8 just becasue of using non-ECC memory or FB-DIMMs.
September 20, 2007 11:02:12 PM

The demoed shulltrail rig had 2 penryns at 4ghz (=>OC by Intel)... I sure would be enthusiast enough to have this kind of stuff at home... :) 
September 20, 2007 11:33:18 PM

chunkymonster said:

The compelling thing about QuadFX and/or FASN8 is that it used non-ECC memory, used non-server processors, and showed great overclocking potential. What good does it do to have a liquid cooling solution for a Xeon if Intel is not going to open it up for overclocking? Liquid cooling for Xeon is as about as useful as a 10ft d!ck.


Actually, I would disagree with you on the overclocking potential. Since FX-74 is simply the highest bin of AMD's 90nm process, you can hardly squeeze any more clockspeed out of that. On the other hand, Quad FX at stock speed are already hot enough for aftermarket air coolers.

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I'm not sure that Intel "gets it" when it comes to the concept of an "ultimate enthusaist platform". It's almost as if Intel is releasing a dual socket "enthusiast platform" just for the sake of releasing a dual socket enthusiast platform.

Actually, as opposed to AMD, Intel actually marketed this a little better. If this machine is for workstation, or heavy graphic rendering, this machine would actually make use of the components.

But still, I agree, no matter how "enthusiastic" you are, you won't need the power in Skulltrail. I believe Intel made this to counter AMD's 4x4, or should I say, FASN8 (sorry but I just hate that phrase)


Given a choice between FASN8 and Skulltrail I'd still have to spend my money on FASN8 just becasue of using non-ECC memory or FB-DIMMs. said:

Given a choice between FASN8 and Skulltrail I'd still have to spend my money on FASN8 just becasue of using non-ECC memory or FB-DIMMs.

I would choose 4x4 if Phenom 2.5Ghz are out. At the moment, the idea of 4x4 is pretty weak, as a single Q6700 can surpass dual FX-74 in most, if not all benchmarks.
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