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Intel answers AMD with an 8-core desktop computer

Francois Piednoel of Intel's benchmarking team made an 8-core computer as an answer to AMD's 4X4 solution. The computer uses off the shelf components that can be ordered today. Here we see the front panel opened to the five hard drive bays and the brigh

Francois Piednoel of Intel’s benchmarking team made an 8-core computer as an answer to AMD’s 4X4 solution. The computer uses off the shelf components that can be ordered today. Here we see the front panel opened to the five hard drive bays and the brigh

While these four side-panel mounted fans do provide some air, Piednoel told us it was mainly for show.

While these four side-panel mounted fans do provide some air, Piednoel told us it was mainly for show.

View of the inside. You can also build yourself an 8-core monster today. Piednoel says he used an Intel S5000XVN Workstation motherboard, an Nvidia G80 video card, 1000 watt power supply and some ECC memory. Of course, you've got to add in two Intel Xe

View of the inside. You can also build yourself an 8-core monster today. Piednoel says he used an Intel S5000XVN Workstation motherboard, an Nvidia G80 video card, 1000 watt power supply and some ECC memory. Of course, you’ve got to add in two Intel Xe

Intel makes a pretty big claim on the 3dmark2006 score.

Intel makes a pretty big claim on the 3dmark2006 score.

Piednoel ran the benchmark live and showed us the results.

Piednoel ran the benchmark live and showed us the results.

For the disbelievers, Windows Task Manager shows 8 processors.

For the disbelievers, Windows Task Manager shows 8 processors.

CPU-Z shows all the technical chip specs. We've blocked out the original clock speed at Intel's request.

CPU-Z shows all the technical chip specs. We’ve blocked out the original clock speed at Intel’s request.