While looking for information on the new X38 series server boards for the new Xeons we will be seeing in the near future though, this little gem came up:
- AnandTech: Intel's 8-core SkullTrail System
- Dual LGA-771 Sockets
- Dual Penryn Extreme
- Quad SLI Capable
- Skulltrail: The Super-Charged V8
There is definitely a market for this kind of rig outside of gamers. Think 3D rendering, and evening/overnight render farms for things like 3D Studio Max and the like.
Think Revit 2008 or AutoCAD 2008 with Ramsteel and other intense calculation add-ons. Or, 3D and huge calculation setups like SolidWorks. These types of applications will benefit from this kind of rig.
This is where we smaller shops can take a huge advantage over our larger competitors.
We can arrange to walk into one of our engineering or architectural firm clients with one of these rigs under our arms with the required software already installed and ready to go. Then, we could allow some of their more advanced CAD/3D operators have at it. This would make a huge impression on the users and their managers after a couple of days of use. Imagine how the client's user would feel when they went back to their previous system!
Doing the same with the Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Duo/Quad Extreme rigs worked in this manner. The products essentially sell themselves. The Return On Investment may need to be explained a bit to the management, but that should not be too hard for someone who knows how more horsepower impacts a CAD/3D operator's efficiency and the overall organization's productivity.
Time is money. These rigs pay for themselves in two major ways:
- The particular CAD/3D operator grows into the horsepower of the system increasing their productivity fairly quickly.
- And, the overnight rendering farm increases its productivity per watt consumed as a result of the increased horsepower available in the Extreme based boxes.
UPDATE 2007-11-02: TG Daily has further details on the SkullTrail enthusiast's platform: Intel’s Skulltrail enthusiast platform running at 5.0 GHz. Note, not for the financially weak of heart! ;)
Looks like Skulltrail will give the Mac Pro Dual Xeon X5365 Quad Core $10-12K system a run for its money!
The Mac Pro in this image is missing some additional hardware like more ATI video cards!
Mac Pro Dual X5365 Xeons
TG Daily article came via Slashdot: Intel in the GHz Game Again - Skulltrail hits 5 Ghz.
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