Intel Skulltrail Platform Review :: Tests Systems and Software

02-04-2008 · Category: Hardware -

By Doc Overclock

We used a couple of different systems in this test round as nothing in the world is like this system so tradition to the wind we did not stick to an exact apples to apples comparison like usual. This time we used a variation on our theme and showed the Skull against two other high-end Intel platforms. Not every application or game even recognizes two CPUs so in some instances there will not be a great performance boost. In some instances the applications will thread 4 CPU cores, but not 8. There a few applications that do thread more than 4 CPUs and we will try and incorporate them into this review at a later date and announce the new test scores. We tested the Skull with both the new 3870 X2 and an SLI pair of our standard test cards the EVGA 8800GTS 320MB Edition cards and both ran without error or fail.

Test System 1 Skulltrail

  • Motherboard: Intel D5400XS
  • CPUs: Dual QX9770 LGA771 3.2GHz
  • Cooling :Swiftech H20-220 Modified
  • Memory: Kingston ECC DDR2 9600
  • VGA: ATI 3870 X2/ EVGA 8800GTS 320M CrossFire/SLI
  • Case: CoolerMaster Stacker 830
  • PSU: CoolerMaster Pure Power Pro 1250W
  • Monitor: V7 24" LCD panel

Test System 2

  • Motherboard: Asus Blitz Formula
  • CPU: Intel E6750 LGA775 Core2 DUO
  • Cooling: CoolerMaster
  • Memory: Crucial Ballistix DDR2 8500
  • VGA: 3870 X2 CrossFire
  • PSU: CoolerMaster Pure Power 850W
  • Monitor: V7 24" LCD panel

Test Software

  • 3Dmark 05/06
  • PCmark 05/Vantage
  • COD4
  • CrystalMark
  • CPU BENCH 2003
  • Windows Vista Home Premium