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Intel Skulltrail Part 1: The Power of 8 Cores

4 Graphics Cards - Ready For SLI And Crossfire

The Skulltrail system is designed for two CPUs on the one hand and up to four graphics cards on the other, allowing multi-card configurations such as Nvidia's SLI or ATI's Crossfire.

ATI CrossFire

Nvidia SLI

Using two powerful graphics cards in the Skulltrail system also means you'll need a power supply with four six-pin auxiliary power cables. Consequently, you'll need six such cables for three cards. Even many of the pricier PSUs found in stores only sport four PCI-Express power cables, forcing you to use two adapter cables with a three-way SLI system.

  • white1widow
    I agree that the Skulltrail rig with two QX9775's is hands down the most incredible thing as of late. with a dual 9800gx2 SLI option its the gamers dream and could devour any game. As far as 8 core dual proc setups its the most powerful and obviously the most expensive. Being the most powerful means that everyone wants it and being the most expensive means that only the few, dedicated and rich enthusiast will have it... The rest of people who realize the power of a dual quad system will go Quad FX - the drasticaly cheaper route. I paid $600 for two FX72 at 2.8ghz and the quadfather motherboard. And I get incredible performance not far behind what skulltrail benchmarks indicate. I can multitask and an astounding level using XP64bit and a 5 drive raid + 4gb DDR2. So basically my point is this: Intel has created the most incredible rig (skulltrail), but nobody can afford it. thats not bringing power to the masses, its ripping folks off. That is why whenever Intel comes out with something awesome, I will always go and purchase the immensesly comparable AMD alternative at 1/4 the price. Dual FX72's is more than any nerd will ever need, if need be, I will simply upgrade to dual quad opterons and ECC memory.
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  • xcorat
    Hi
    So does anybody have a recommendation on a northbridge fan I can use?
    preferably easy to install?( I really hate to take the motherboard out on that monster.)
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  • IBMSYSADMIN
    I agree W1W, Performance and Value have to balance for most of us these days....
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