February 23, 2008

Intel Delivers 8-Core Platform for PC

For those craving more performance than can be delivered by four processing cores and a single graphics card, Intel has introduced the new Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform. Formerly codenamed "Skulltrail," this platform supports two Intel quad-core processors, and offers a choice of multi-card graphics solutions.

First unveiled at the 2007 Intel Developer Forum, Skulltrail combines Intel Desktop Board D5400XS and Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors, and is mainly targeted at power-hungry gamers, who can use multiple graphics card solutions from either Nvidia or ATI. In addition to PC gamers, the new platform is also targeted at 3D animators, digital audio artists, and high-definition (HD) video editors who create video games for consoles and desktops.

As HD 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. Intel believes that this eight-core platform is capable of handling such workloads with ease. Each QX9775 processor offers 12 MB of L2 cache, a 1600 MHz system bus, and four cores each running at a brisk 3.2 GHz.

According to Shervin Kheradpir, director of Intel performance benchmarking, this platform is the fastest desktop PC ever tested in their labs. It reached a score of 6481 on 3DMark06 CPU and 20,160 on Cinebench 10 -- even while running at the standard 3.2 GHz.
To create a Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform, users would need an Intel Desktop Board D5400XS (which can support two quad-core processors), and two Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors. The QX9775 is available at a maximum street price of $1,499, while the D5400XS board comes for an estimated street price of $649.

That means- $1499+$649= $2148 = Rs.84000(approx)=O MY GOD!!!