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A few years back, when Intel launched its enthusiast-class, dual-CPU powered behemoth, codenamed Skulltrail, we were among the small group of tech publications that were given an opportunity to evaluate the platform before it hit the market. At the time, when two of Intel’s fastest quad-cores were installed in the D5400XS motherboard that was the foundation of the platform, Skulltrail proved to be the most powerful configuration available to enthusiasts for CPU-intensive workloads. In our conclusion of that article, we called Skulltrail, “A beast in every sense of the word”, which... Read more...
CoolIT Systems Develops Liquid Cooling for Intel’s Skull Trail MotherboardBoreas MTEC Chassis ST and PURE ST provide unprecedented cooling performance for the fastest, new motherboard on the market Calgary, Alberta – June 12th, 2008 – CoolIT Systems announces its new “ST” line of liquid cooling solutions designed specifically to work with Intel’s D5400XS motherboard (formerly codenamed Skull Trail). The lineup consists of the Boreas MTEC Chassis ST and PURE ST both of which provide maintenance-free, aggressive cooling power to both CPUs and Chipset, reduce noise, and enhance system reliability.... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, we announced an exciting sweepstakes in which we planned to give away an absolute Beast of a system, based on Intel’s powerful Skulltrail platform.  The response we received after the announcement was absolutely incredible, with hundreds of new members joining our community, posting thousands of comments throughout the forum and news.  Well the dust has settled and we’ve picked a winner.Are you ready for it?  Drumroll please...And the Winner Is…KamroozCongrats!  You've just scored yourself a killer Skulltrail rig brother!  On a side note, we feel... Read more...
We’ve got some exciting news for you all today!  To coincide with Intel’s official Skulltrail announcement that hit the news wire the other day, we’re announcing a sweepstakes of our own where you could win a full Skulltrail-based system, complete with dual graphics cards and a super-fast 10,000 RPM hard drive.  We’re talking eight-cores of benchmark busting performance here, and it could be all yours! HotHardware has partnered up with Intel to assemble a complete Skulltrail rig that we’ll be giving away to a randomly selected contributor to our on-line forum and discussion systems. ... Read more...
  Intel started slowly leaking information about an ultra high-end enthusiast platform dubbed Skulltrail at right about the same time that AMD’s now defunct QuadFX platform was set to be released.  Over time we learned that Skulltrail, like QuadFX, would be a dual-socket platform that could accommodate a pair of Intel’s fastest quad-core processors, for a grand total of eight execution cores in one desktop system.  But other details regarding the platform were somewhat scarce to say the least. As time progressed, however, Intel was more and more forthright with information regarding... Read more...
By now, we suspect most of you are aware of Intel’s extreme enthusiast platform – a.k.a. Skulltrail – that couples a pair of quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors with the dual-socket D5400XS motherboard, for a total of eight cores of high-performance goodness.  We recently evaluated Skulltrail and have our thoughts on the platform posted for you all available right here. What you may not be aware of at this point is that some of Intel’s partners also plan to introduce enthusiast-class motherboards complete with dual LGA771 sockets, similar to the D5400XS.  Asus, for example is prepping... Read more...
During a recent meeting with Intel representatives at CES, we were informed that Intel’s ultra high-end Skulltrail enthusiast platform would finally be available for testing and evaluation in just a few weeks.  And it turned out they were true to their word.  We’ve been banging on a Skulltrail setup complete with a matched pair of quad-core 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors and DDR2-800 FB-DIMMs for a couple of weeks and have the result available on-line right now for all to see.  Click the link below and take a look...Intel Skulltrail Unleashed: Core 2 Extreme QX9775 x 2... Read more...
We've posted a myriad of information and preliminary benchmarks regarding Intel's upcoming extreme Octa-Core SkullTrail platform over the last few months, since attending the Intel Developers Forum this past September.  In their booth at the Consumer Electronics Show, however, Intel disclosed a few more juicy details and showed off a couple of SkullTrail systems we thought you'd like to see.     Intel SkullTrail @ 4GHz Air and Water Cooled The system on the left is a custom Alienware rig based on the Skulltrail platform that features a liquid-cooling system and a pair... Read more...
A few months ago, at the fall Intel Developer’s Forum, we got some hands-on time with an Intel Skulltrail system and were able to snap a handful pictures and document a few benchmark scores.  At the time, Skulltrail was still in it the pre-production phase as Intel had a few changes in store for the platform, but it was mature enough for the company to show off what Skulltrail had in store. As we mentioned in our initial look at Skulltrail, the platform is built around an Intel server-class motherboard tweaked for the enthusiast market.  It also features dual 45nm quad-core processors... Read more...
There's little to say about Intel's Skulltrail that hasn't already been said: it's probably going to be seriously fast and quite expensive.  On top of that Skulltrail is also very likely to gain some sort of quadfather-esque level of fame, and is live on as a performance legend even if the concept doesn't break sales records.At the very heart of Skulltrail is the pair of quad-core CPUs, but we have only really had speculation up until this point as to what those CPUs might be called, and estimates as to their clock speed.  Now that the launch date is looming, it looks likely that Skullktrail... Read more...
Intel let a few members of the press get some hands-on time with their new 45nm quad-core processor, code-named Penryn today at IDF. Dual quad-core 3.4GHz processors were configured in a Seabird chipset-based dual socket system based on the Intel's Skulltrail platform, for a total of eight cores. Details, details...... Read more...
During a closed door session at IDF, we had a chance to get some hands on time with a few upcoming Intel platforms including Skulltrail, the octa-core platform Intel is targeting at enthusiasts.  We also saw some dual-core 45nm desktop and mobile (Wolfdale) machines at work and even snapped off a few pics of a phase-change cooled, overclocked Skulltrail machine that was running at 4GHz.       Representatives from Intel wanted to get the point across that Wolfdale is going to be a very power friendly product and showed off a system... Read more...
We continue to bring you breaking coverage from IDF today with a look inside keynote talks from Gordon Moore and Pat Gelsinger. Snip:  “Pat next focused on Intel’s current and future I/O innovations.  He talked about the Tulapi SOC (System on a Chip) accelerator and then spoke of USB 3.0.  According to Pat, USB 3.0 will offer a 10X increase in performance over USB 2.0 and will use both copper and optical interconnects.  He also held up a couple of prototype USB 3.0 cables to show the room what they looked like.”   - Direct Link... Read more...
During his keynote today at IDF, Intel’s Pat Gelsinger showed off a machine based on the company’s Skulltrail enthusiast gaming platform.  Skulltrail is a dual-socket platform based on the Stoakly platfprm that supports Intel’s upcoming 45nm Quad-Core processors and offers PCI Express 2.0 support and true dual-x16 PEG slots (or four x8 PCI Express x16 slots). Intel's Skulltrail Demo Machine with SLI What was interesting about the machine on display was that it used a pair of GeForce graphics cards running in SLI mode, but on an Intel... Read more...