Intel Delivers 'Hard-Core' Eight-Core Platform


‘Skulltrail’-Based Desktop PCs Lead to 3-D, Hi-Definition Media and Gaming Bliss

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, Feb. 19, 2008 – For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform. Formerly codenamed “Skulltrail,” this is one of the first enthusiast desktop platforms to support two Intel quad core processors for a total of eight processing engines and a choice of multi-card graphics solutions from either ATI or NVIDIA.

“When it comes to delivering innovation to the ultimate enthusiast, our new 8-core desktop platform is a winner,” said Jeff McCrea, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Home Group. “The ground-breaking Intel Desktop Board D5400XS enables the flexibility to pair a variety of quad graphics solutions with two of our fastest desktop processors. The result is stunning PC performance.”

The Intel Desktop Board D5400XS, when paired with two Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors, forms the foundation of the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform. Hardcore gamers will welcome the opportunity to enjoy multiple simultaneous graphics card solutions featuring either NVIDIA SLI or ATI Crossfire for today’s latest graphics-intensive titles. And the performance of eight processing cores is especially welcomed by the 3-D animators, digital audio artists and high-definition video editors behind the coolest games here at the Game Developers Conference.

"For the team creating world-class games here at id, time is one of our most valuable assets,” said Robert A. Duffy, Programming Director, id Software. “Having eight powerful Intel cores in a single machine helps our team create and test our latest titles at record speed. We have seen one of our most time-consuming asset generation processes cut from over 4 hours to under 20 minutes by utilizing all eight cores and threading the generation code. Long term this translates to better games on the market faster than previously possible."

As high-definition video becomes more prevalent than ever, encoding and editing is a task that more power users are looking to their PC to do for them. Such workloads are handled with ease by this new platform, and video developers such as DivX are excited about the possibilities.

“By optimizing our codec to take advantage of these eight cores, we’re seeing very impressive performance gains in our labs,” said Jerome Vashisht-Rota, co-founder of DivX Inc. “Natively supporting eight core technology allows us to significantly accelerate codec performance for processor intensive applications like the encoding of high-definition video on the PC so that we can continue to offer our users the high-quality digital video experience they have come to expect.”

Each Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9775 offers 12MB of L2 cache, a fast 1600 MHz system bus and four cores running at a brisk 3.2 GHz. When paired on the dual-socket Intel Desktop Board D5400XS, this platform breezes through modern benchmarks and advanced workloads. For experienced enthusiasts who desire more capability, the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor bus ratio locks (overspeed protection) have been removed. This offers added technical flexibility in customizing the system so OEMs can unleash even more performance...

Via:  Intel
peti1212 6 years ago

Just read the review for this today here on HH, and I am 100% impressed with the performance. It is truly a Designers and Video Editors dream.  Well you could say anybodies dream, but to take a full advantage of the 8 cores at the same time you need to have an application that supports 8 cores, like 3D Rendering applications. Folding @ Home would be insane. :)

Maybe one of the downfalls on this though is that you will have to pay much more for your electric bill since you are running two processors and a high-end system, but still in my opinion it is worth it for those who can use all 8 cores. :)

RA1D 6 years ago

man, that is going to be bad ass

werty316 6 years ago

Talk about th eultimate system but too bad only those with deep pockets can really afford one. 

BiteMe1MoreTime 6 years ago

Really deep pockets, way outta reach for the normal everyday type of person, but it's always nice to have a dream.............:)

jtm55 6 years ago

 Hi All,

Why that's the stuff dreams are made off. Truly one impressive platform, that all of us enthusiast can truly drool over. 

Kamrooz 6 years ago

Truly a dream system. The only huge flaw is the FB Dimms. I really wish they went the route of DDR2/DDR3. Considering this is meant as a overclocked Skull trail system..What's the point of slower dimms? Regardless of that though, the raw cpu power is just massive. God I'd love to encode on that sucker ^_^... 

SiGfever 6 years ago

 If I had one of these babies I would have it doing Computational Chemistry (WCG BOINC) 24x7 to help in finding cures for the terrible diseases that plague mankind. Can you imagine eight overclocked cores running at 100% 24x7, now that is what you call power. Cool

Kamrooz 6 years ago

 sigfever: Indeed it is, but I wonder if a ps3 could still out do it in ps3 is a folding monster. 

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