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  • Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

    OK, something has finally caught my attention that looks like it is going to be fun to mess with -



    Yes, there are two XEON sockets on that board - a board for enthusiasts (gamers). There are very little statistics about it in the article but it looks promising. It will probably make a strong attempt to separate me from a portion of this years bonus check.
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    I'd wait, intel is going to be releasing a new socket soon with a built in memory controller and a few other awesome things (That they ripped from AMD), i heard somewhere about Skulltrail 2 using this new socket, so an enthusiast gamer like me will just wait for such.
    Oyee

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    • #3
      Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

      A portion? How optimisitic.

      * braces for impact of a subscription to the Jelly of the Month club.

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      • #4
        Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

        I don't quite think gaming requires that much processing power unless you can back it up with some GPU power...

        Does that bonus check have room for 8800GTX SLI? :p

        - It's who you game with.

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        • #5
          Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

          It looks more like a server board than a "gaming" board, even though I start to see a trend of putting server specs into gaming boards.

          I have two questions:
          1) what is that highlighted yellow "thing"? DIMM sitting on the mobo? Or some new weirdo part?

          and

          2) Is this motherboard based on a new standard (like how BTX is "newer" than ATX)? I noticed how the memory is between the CPU sockets and that of the expansion slot sockets.
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          • #6
            Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

            This, my friend, makes it worth every penny:D



            Although processors are a bit pricey...

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            • #7
              Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

              Ah, so it is a DIMM of memory!
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              • #8
                Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

                Yeah, it's a new CL3 DDR3 (800?) card. The design looks ATX, but it is an engineering sample so it could still take any form upon release.

                Skulltrail is slated to use the existing Xeon socket - but will have additional features available via a 'special' Xeon chip.. but can also use regular Xeon's.. thats not a bad idea at all.
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                • #9
                  Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

                  Originally posted by =Sarc= View Post
                  I don't quite think gaming requires that much processing power unless you can back it up with some GPU power...

                  Does that bonus check have room for 8800GTX SLI? :p
                  Already got one.. I'm ready for the next
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                  • #10
                    Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

                    I know a few gamers who ran dual Thunderbird rigs back before dual-cores were even heard of by gamers. This was like 6-7 years ago when I was playing Starcraft still on a i850 onboard Intel graphics chipset.

                    P8triot, do you know what price range this dual-xeon setup might be slated for? (if it's cheap, I may consider it next year for a cheapy home server)
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                    Former 9th & 13th

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                    • #11
                      Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

                      Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                      P8triot, do you know what price range this dual-xeon setup might be slated for? (if it's cheap, I may consider it next year for a cheapy home server)
                      I think the one thing that is clear is that it's NOT going to be cheap.. I'm betting $450+ for the mainboard alone. Frankly, I think the mainboard has been under-rated - so $450+ for a mainboard that is fully capable and flexible is reasonable. SO, Intel basing their 'enthusiast' boards on the socket 771 / Xeon is intriguing.. the Xeon sockets change much less frequently than the Pentium series.

                      I hope it starts a trend that the Mainboard is more flexible in more areas. Intel would do well to develop a new architecture based on a new and capable mainboard.. and give me a board that can overclock Xeons and two sockets that I can have up to 8 processors (2 quad Xeons).. eventually.. games, apps, whatever.. are going to be flexible enough to utilize multiple processors in multiple 'bit-widths'.

                      Maybe I am just dreaming..
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                      • #12
                        Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

                        Hmm interesting. I know a few game server hosting providers have already switched over from dual-xeon servers to dual quad-core opterons.

                        It'll be interesting to see this come to a gaming rig near you (or us). I only wonder when games will catch up to the multi-core performance our computers now have. (It's interesting from the design perspective though)
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                        SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

                          Would this be suitable for serving large files? Like, say.. all of the music any musician releases from today on? Can it be used in a blade configuration?

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                            Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

                            Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                            I know a few gamers who ran dual Thunderbird rigs back before dual-cores were even heard of by gamers. This was like 6-7 years ago when I was playing Starcraft still on a i850 onboard Intel graphics chipset.

                            P8triot, do you know what price range this dual-xeon setup might be slated for? (if it's cheap, I may consider it next year for a cheapy home server)
                            When you upgrade use your old (current) rig as a home server, silly! :p Unless you're giving those parts to someone, you should use it.

                            - It's who you game with.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Intel "Skulltrail" mainboard

                              Tri-SLi FTW!

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