Thanks to the unrestricted support for all socket 771 processors, 43 Xeon models can be used on this board aside from the Core 2 Extreme QX9775.
At the moment, Intel sells 21 quad-core and 21 dual-core models. Equipping the Skulltrail board with dual-core Xeons does not make a lot of sense, since the purpose for which this board was designed was to create an eight-core system. If you're out to build a quad-core system, choosing a conventional desktop board and pairing it with a quad-core processor is the much cheaper path; this configuration will also yield better performance.
Due to the large selection of Xeon processors and the overclocking potential of the D5400XS motherboard, buyers will be able to build a much cheaper eight-core system than Intel may originally have envisioned - or planned. The smallest quad-core Xeon processor, the E5310 (1.6 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache), can be had for roughly €186. Meanwhile, the cheapest 12 MB version is the quad-core E5405 clocked at 2.00 GHz, which retails for around €205 per device.
Thus, you can save up to 84% by choosing two smaller Xeon processors.
Thanks to the good overclocking potential of the D5400XS motherboard, you can build a rather inexpensive high-speed eight-core system using two smaller Xeon models.
- Intel Skulltrail II: Core 2 Extreme QX9775
- Processors: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775
- Processor-The QX9775 In Detail
- The Processor: Support For 43 Xeon Models
- Processor - Support For 43 Xeon Models, Continued
- BIOS: No Memory Frequency Setting
- Overclocking: 12.5% To 3.60 GHz
- Overclocking: 25% To 4.00 GHz
- Skulltrail Board: Unsuitable For Overclocking
- More Core Voltage
- Idle Power Consumption Higher Than AMD 4x4
- Power Consumption: 227 Watts Under Load
- System-Level Power Consumption - 470 Watts
- Energy Costs Can Run More Than $100 A Year