For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel has introduced the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform.
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.
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
"This dual processor platform is the fastest desktop
PC we've ever tested in our labs, reaching a score of
6481 on 3DMark06 CPU and 20,160 on Cinebench
10 even while running at the standard 3.20 GHz
frequency," says Shervin Kheradpir, director of Intel
The Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9775 is available
now at an MSRP of $1,499 each. Estimated street
pricing for the Intel Desktop Board D5400XS is $649.
Platform components are sold separately.
Intel Game Demo Contest
On Feb. 15, Intel also launched the third Intel Game Demo
Contest to showcase the latest creations from
professional, aspiring and student game developers.
The games will be judged in three categories: best
threaded quad-core game, best game-on-the-go and best
game on Intel integrated graphics.
The contest will award prizes valued at more than
$100,000 in cash, tools and services, including a
marketing support kit worth more than $20,000 to help
jumpstart the success of the winning games.
Visit www.intel.com/software/gamecontest for official
rules and full details.