Intel Skulltrail Platform Review :: Conclusion

02-04-2008 · Category: Hardware -

By Doc Overclock

Intel Skulltrail Platform Review

At this point the system is a mixed bag of high performance as the drivers are very immature and improvements surely will come in later releases. As much as I want to say wow about the entire event, I am still left wishing that things like CrossFireX and better memory options were available. Intel did do a little bit of tweaking on the BIOS and compared to Intel BIOS options of the past it soars, we were able to easily achieve a 4GB overclock without voltage increases. The system was stable and ran excellent through all of our tests in Vista, I even toyed around in the 64-bit version and it worked flawlessly in supported applications. The one really nice thing about Vista-64 is the way it manages and addresses your memory. In Vista-64 your system sees and addresses 4GB of memory correctly and in gaming and rendering 3D graphics that can be a big plus to performance and overall productivity.

Being that this system is the anything/everything system this should be a big lure to those who not only like to game, but that like to use their system as a tool or workstation and not have to switch between systems to have all that functionality. As a server I do not think the Skulltrail has all that much of an appeal, not because it cannot handle it, but because it is just below what this system is capable of and servers are just built and designed differently. The real kicker of this deal is the fact that it not only has an Intel chipset supporting CrossFire dual graphics solutions it also has an NVIDIA nForce100 MCP that allows the use of dual SLI cards, This in a first ever move by NVIDIA licensing their chipset to an non NVIDIA partner. The one negative aspect of this system is the huge power requirements and if using a dual graphic card system a 1200w PSU supply is the minimum requirement, which is just over the top.

Overall the Skulltrail as a platform is one that is on a road all its own as no one at this timeframe has a platform that crosses so many different barriers in one system package. Price may be a daunting factor to some, but you have to figure into the equation how many systems you are not buying when you get a Skulltrail. This entire platform will only appeal to those who really work from home and want an all in one solution to both their business and personal computing needs. Personally I can't wait to see what happens as the drivers and BIOS mature as then I am sure we will see some even better results performance wise from the Skulltrail. For now if you really want a system that can handle multiple task environments there is no system or platform like the Skull, it surpasses their V8 platform in many ways and shows Intel metamorphosing into a company that hears the voice of the user and embraces it happily. The Skulltrail is a platform that I feel is going to be the wave of the future, it's the all in one anything and everything solution in a box. Great job Intel, a very solid A+ for effort! Thanks to CoolerMaster, ATI and Kingston for their support on this reviews as well, thanks folks, much appreciated!


Intel Skulltrail Platform Review
Intel Skulltrail Platform Review
Intel Skulltrail Platform Review
Intel Skulltrail Platform Review


Intel Skulltrail Platform Review
Intel Skulltrail Platform Review