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Intel Skulltrail Performance Preview

By Vince Freeman :  February 4, 2008

Test Setup

The Intel Skulltrail + 2x Core 2 Extreme QX9775 is the fastest Intel platform money can buy, especially with multi-threaded games and applications. So we're going to put it to the test against a selection of the fastest dual and quad core models from both AMD and Intel. The Intel side includes the Core 2 Extreme QX9770 (3.2 GHz), QX6850 (3.0 GHz) & QX6700 (2.66 GHz), and Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz) quad core models, along with the Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93 GHz) dual core speedster. The AMD competition includes Phenom 9900 (2.6 GHz), 9700 (2.4 GHz), 9600 (2.3 GHz) and 9500 (2.2 GHz) quad core results, as well as scores for the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.0 GHz) for AMD dual core comparisons.

These high-end processors are matched with corresponding platforms and peripherals, while ensuring consistency with the overall reference system mix. Naturally, the dual Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors are matched to the Skulltrail Intel D5400XS motherboard, along with 2x2GB of DDR2-800 FB-DIMMs (5-5-5-15). The dual and quad core Intel processors have been paired with an Intel X38 Express motherboard, along with DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12) for the 1066 MHz models, while 1333/1600 MHz CPUs can get DDR2-1066 (5-5-5-15). The AMD Phenom processors utilize the latest 790FX platform, while the Athlon 64 X2 models run on an nForce 590 SLI motherboard, both equipped with DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12).

The default hard disk configuration is comprised of dual Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB NCQ-enabled SATA drives set for RAID 0, which provides top-end disk performance and ensures consistent benchmarking. The video component is high-end mainstream, and consists of a PNY GeForce 8800 GTS PCI Express card. The operating system remains Windows XP Pro SP2, as Vista is still a bit inconsistent when it comes to some popular benchmarks, and XP Pro allows the use of multiple CPUs.

The benchmark list includes a wide range of system, CPU, memory, and gaming tests. These include PCMark05, SiSoft SANDRA XII, WinRAR, and CINEBENCH 9.5/10, along with TMPGEnc Xpress 4.0 for MPEG-2, DivX, WMV and HDV encoding. We also utilize popular 3D game tests like Supreme Commander, 3DMark06, F.E.A.R., Company of Heroes, Quake 4, FarCry, and Lost Planet. Our default game benchmark setting is 1024x768x32, which is demanding enough for CPU comparisons but still realistic as an actual game play resolution.

* Please note that unless otherwise stated, such as the media encoding times, all performance graph results equate to the standard "higher is better" routine.

Test Systems:

Intel LGA771 Reference System:
Processors: 2x Core 2 Extreme QX9775
Memory: 2x2GB Micron DDR2-800 FB-DIMMS (CAS5)
Motherboard: Intel D5400XS
Motherboard chip set: Intel 5400
Video Card: PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
LCD: Dell 2407WFP 24"
NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 163.71
Hard-Drive: Dual Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB in RAID 0 Mode
CD/DVD: AOpen DUW1608 16X DVD+/-R DL
Power Supply: CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 850W
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2

Intel LGA775 Reference System:
Core 2 Processors: Core 2 Extreme QX9770, QX9650, QX6850, QX6700 & X6800, and Core 2 Quad Q6600
Memory (1333 MHz): 2 x 1GB OCZ DDDR2-1066 (CAS5)
Memory (1066 MHz): 2 x 1GB Ultra DDDR2-800 (CAS4)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6
Motherboard chip set: Intel X38 Express
Video Card: PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
LCD: Dell 2407WFP 24"
NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 163.71
Hard-Drive: Dual Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB in RAID 0 Mode
CD/DVD: AOpen DUW1608 16X DVD+/-R DL
Power Supply: CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 850W
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2

AMD Socket AM2+ Reference System:
Processors: Phenom 9900, 9700, 9600 and 9500
Memory: 2 x 1GB Ultra DDDR2-800 (CAS4)
Motherboard: ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe
Motherboard chip set: AMD 790FX
Video Card: PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
LCD: Dell 2407WFP 24"
NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 163.71
Hard-Drive: Dual Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB in RAID 0 Mode
CD/DVD: AOpen DUW1608 16X DVD+/-R DL
Power Supply: CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 850W
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2

AMD Socket AM2 Reference System:
Processors: Athlon 64 X2 6000+
Memory: 2 x 1GB Ultra DDDR2-800 (CAS4)
Motherboard: Asus M2N32-SLI
Motherboard chip set: nForce 590 SLI
Video Card: PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
LCD: Dell 2407WFP 24"
NVIDIA reference drivers: ForceWare 163.71
Hard-Drive: Dual Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB in RAID 0 Mode
CD/DVD: AOpen DUW1608 16X DVD+/-R DL
Power Supply: CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 850W
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2

General Settings:
Desktop Resolution: 1920x1200
Color Depth: 32-bit
V-Sync: Disabled

3DMark06 Specifics:
Version 1.10 w/ October HotFix

PCMark05 Pro Specifics:
Version 120

SiSoft SANDRA XII Specifics:
Rev 2008c


Page 1

Taking a Walk Down the Skulltrail

  • Page 2

    Test Setup and Benchmark Software

    Page 3

    PCMark05 Pro Performance

    Page 4

    SiSoft SANDRA XII and WinRAR Bandwidth Performance

    Page 5

    CINEBENCH 9.5/10 and SANDRA Multi-threading Performance

    Page 6

    MPEG-2, DivX, WMV, and High-Def Video Encoding Performance

    Page 7

    3DMark06 Pro, Quake 4 and FarCry Performance

    Page 8

    Company of Heroes, F.E.A.R. and Supreme Commander Performance

    Page 9

    Lost Planet Multi-threading & Power Consumption Testing

    Page 10

    Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion





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