Intel D5400XS Motherboard
Intel continue to be revolutionaries in the world
of computers with their latest endeavour code named "Skulltrail" within
the organisation which targets the gaming power user.
What sets the SKulltrail apart from its competitors and predecessors is the ability to
operate eight processing cores on one system plus the addition of SLI,
which gives the user two NVIDIA nForce 100 MCP chips, making this system
ideally for high-end gameing.
Intel® Desktop Board D5400XS
Intel® Core™2 Extreme processors
QX9775, provide the
backbone for this exciting new platform¹.
ground-breaking Intel® Desktop Board D5400XS is the first
dual CPU socket desktop board from Intel. With dual CPU
capability that provides up to 8 core processing, it
delivers performance for advanced digital media creation and
an intense visual gaming experience.
both NVIDIA SLI Technology* and ATI CrossFireX
Technology* -- up to 4 graphics cards on 4 PCI Express*
slots for intense visual experience
to 8GB FBDIMM 800 Memory
Dolby* Home Theater 7.1ch certified audio
eight-core gaming performance when fueled by two Intel®
Core™2 Extreme processors QX9775. Each featuring:
Up to 12 MB
of cache, 1600 MHz FSB, and 3.2 GHz clock to handle
massive data throughput
Hafnium-infused circuitry drives innovative processor
design, enabling greater performance and efficiency
protection removed allowing you to tune your system for
In laymen's terms, the Skulltrail has two
CPU sockets and four graphic cards slots which is easily one of the most
powerful computer configurations available to the market.
It doesn't end
their, Intel have also upped the memory ante of the motherboard,
allowing for up to 16GB of DDR2 800Mhz memory. Intel also supplied two
QX9775 CPU's plus 2GB of RAM to review this beast and once this was installed
on our review
machine, the experience was truly phenomenal. Although I'm not sure
where the term "Skulltrail" comes into the picture!
So what exactly is the Skulltrail? It's basically an Intel D5400XS
motherboard that is based on Intel's 5400 chipset and considering the
amount of power this has, the motherboard is also quite large.
The motherboard boasts two LGA 771 CPU sockets which allows
for a variety of different CPU's which can be connected. Needless to
say, all this power does come at a price and the cooling fan design on
the board is quite revolutionary. The board is also quite power hungry
and you will need a large case and a "powerful" power supply to
run these beast successfully.
Specifications and features
The Intel® Dual
Socket Extreme Desktop Platform-based PCs deliver performance for the
latest generation of multi-threaded digital media applications. Blast
through rendering media and compiling code. Ideal for multitasking –
running processor intensive applications, like encoding, while working
on other applications.
Sound? Whoa! D5400XS features true 7.1 channel analog audio and even a
digital optical out port for that true sound experience. The board
supports a Intel 82537L Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, 2 IEEE1394 ports, 10
USB ports (6 backplane, 4 via USB headers), 2 eSATA ports, 1 ATA-133
port,, 6 SATA ports
(6321ESB I/O Controller Hub), 5 mini-headphone jacks (IDT Stac9274D
audio codec), and 1 optical out port, giving users access to all the
latest peripherals and add-ons.
We tested the Skulltrail with a variety of applications with Windows
Vista 64 bit that include Office, Adobe Photoshop and 3DMark (6382
score). Needless to say, the Skulltrail was lightning fast and the only
thing holding the system back was our Seagate hard drive. Games also
performed remarkably well on this system which included Crysis, NBA 08 and
Unreal Tournament 3.
In conclusion, the Skulltrail from Intel is one of the most powerful
gaming machines available, however the only drawback of the system is
that more software companies really needs to support this system.
For some users,
the Skulltrail will definitely be too expensive, however for those who are
gaming aficionados, this may be one system to really consider.
It performs well against existing systems
and also outperforms some of these systems but as more and more
developers start taking advantage of this system, the face of gaming may
be changed yet again.