Intel Skulltrail III - Eight against Four Performance Comparison

Test Setup

Operating System: Windows Vista Enterprise

We have recently switched to a different version of Windows for our benchmarks. Now, all benchmarks at THG are run on Windows Vista Enterprise. While this version is not available in stores, its performance results are identical to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate. However, we were forced to make this switch, since this is the only version that offers an Open License. This License allows us to activate Windows Vista over the Internet repeatedly, without having to make calls to Microsoft’s activation hotline each time.

Hardware Configuration

We have updated our testbed system with new components, such as the graphics card, sound card and hard drive, in order to offer our readers results based on a platform which is both current and practical.

Hardware Setup


System Hardware
AMD Platform AM2+
(AMD 790FX)
Gigabyte GA-790FX-DQ6 (Rev.1.0)
AMD Platform AM2
(Nvidia Nforce 5)
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe, Rev.1.03G
NVIDIA nForce5, BIOS: 1001 (03/13/2007)
Intel Platform S775
(Intel P35)
Gigabyte P35C-DS3R, Rev. 1.0
Intel P35, BIOS: F2o (05/11/2007)
Intel Platform S775
(Intel X38)
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6, Rev. 1.0
Intel X38, BIOS: F4 (09/19/2007)
Memory2x 1GB A-Data DDR2-1066+ Vitesta Extreme Edition
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics CardFoxconn Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTX
GPU: 575 MHz
Shader: 1350 MHz
Memory: 786 MB DDR4 (900 MHz, 384 Bit)
Sound CardCreative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Power SupplyZalman, ATX 2.01, 510 Watt


Foxconn Geforce 8800 GTXA-Data Vitesta 1066
Creative x-Fi GamerWD CaviarSE 3200AAJS

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  • spuddyt
    so... all in all, it sucks
  • Flakes
    sounds awesome, but the performance is troublesome. if they swapped out the memory, and if games actually could use it, then it would be awesome! but if your thinking ill buy this to be future proof(you will soon find that you wasted your money)
  • Solitaire
    WRONG. This system will cost a HELL of a lot more than four grand.

    Why does TH assume you'd pair such a strong CPU setup with (comparatively) weak graphics? AFAIK just one GTX costs a fair bit more than what's listed here, and anyone who'd want SkullTrail is a hundred times more likely to buy THREE. Or THREE Ultras :P And I wonder if Intel will rush out some custom high-speed memory with the ECC crippled? For a whopping price of course..

    That in turn means that you'll be looking at a 1.2KW PSU AND a 300W 12V booster for the extra oomph (oh, and the missing PCIe connectors...) And they'd either want to dismantle and replace the southbridge cooler or invest in a whole lotta dampening material for the insides of the case to supress the unholy fan noise ;) That'll bring the price up to mid-fives or low six grand, easy...

    Bit of a white elephant, this.
  • Element2k3
    well, the life isn't just about playing games on the pc............this motherboard is done for professional use. boxx, sgi, apple, dell, hp ecc are using dual quads for years...........but we use them to create what you play a year later