Intel SkullTrail at 4GHz, Air and Water Cooled

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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 of GeForce 8800 Ultras running in SLI mode.  The dual Core 2 Extreme X9775 processors in the system were running at 4GHz (10 x 400MHz), and according to the BIOS hardware monitor, the chips hummed along at a relatively cool 40 degrees while idling.  The system's specifics can be seen in the CPU-Z screenshot above.

In addition to the Alienware system, the folks from Intel's performance lab also assembled an air-cooled SkullTrail system of their own, which also happened to be clocked at 4GHz.  This system, however, used a pair of Thermalright air coolers on the processors.  With these high clock speeds, and some relatively speedy DDR2-800 CAS 3 FB-DIMMs, the 4GHz SkullTrail rigs burned through the Cinebench R9.5 multi-threaded test in only 6 seconds and the Cinebench R10 benchmark in only 35 seconds.

Stay tuned for more on SkullTrail in the weeks ahead.

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very cool, overkill but very cool Yes 

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jtm55 replied on Wed, Jan 9 2008 7:50 AM

Hi All,

Agreed about it being overkill & also about it being very cool

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Rexter replied on Wed, Jan 9 2008 3:32 PM
Skulltrail is Intel's new extreme gaming system consisting of two extreme quad xeon cpu's and all the amenities of a regular gaming machine put onto a server like setup.
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Foosa replied on Mon, Mar 17 2008 2:53 PM

AngryI want bigger Pics!   Mainly the ones of the cosmos case.

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Kamrooz replied on Mon, Mar 17 2008 3:17 PM

I want those Cas3 dimms! lol...

 I e-mailed kingston regarding those and they stated there was no date set...>_<...I just hope it comes out soon...=P.

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frg1 replied on Mon, Mar 17 2008 4:16 PM

 4ghz is defiently overkill but hey if i had the stuff id do it

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Kamrooz replied on Mon, Mar 17 2008 4:33 PM

4 ghz would be easy..use just need to change the multiplier =P. 9x400 = 3.2 ghz (stock qx9775), 10x400 = 4 ghz....a very simple oc...=D 

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frg1 replied on Mon, Mar 17 2008 6:55 PM

 but overkill what can really use 8 cores at 4ghz

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peti1212 replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 12:35 AM

Very impressive system. I would love to try one of these out. Althoug if they would have overclocked the GPUs a bit, I bet they could have hit around 19000 or maybe even 20000 in 3DMark06.

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replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 2:25 AM

I like a lot the design of the case

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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 1:28 PM

frg1:

 but overkill what can really use 8 cores at 4ghz

Like EVERY workstation app, 3d modeling applicatins, MEGUI for h264 encoding, Folding@home, Premiere, After Effects, Cubase...The workstation platforms have been multithreaded for ages...and they can fully utilize all cores to 100% =P. 

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replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 1:54 PM

if you are a normal user,and you want to use this machine at day to day apps,it is not worth it because the apps are not more than 2 core optimised

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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 1:56 PM

CoolZone:

if you are a normal user,and you want to use this machine at day to day apps,it is not worth it because the apps are not more than 2 core optimised

 

Very true...If you just game, no point, you may as well just pick up a single quad core and it'll do you justice =P. But luckily for me...I run plenty of workstation applications =D. 

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frg1 replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 1:57 PM

 that skulltrail should make workstaion apps fly

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Kamrooz replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 2:20 PM

 Indeed..I can't wait to benchmark the sucker =D.

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trueg50 replied on Tue, Mar 18 2008 4:12 PM

 Wow, good to see alot of programs finally going multi-threaded.

 

Extremely impressive performance, very expensive, but hey, when your getting paid $90,000 per year, $5,000 to make you +20% more productive is certainly worth it.

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