Skulltrail – XFX GTX 280 XXX 3-Way SLi /4870X2 CFx

On First Page2. ATI 4870 X2


Introduction

When Skulltrail was released around seven months ago it was heralded as the ultimate enthusiast gaming system. We all knew at the time this was never really going to be the case considering the fully buffered DDR2 limitation as well as the gargantuan cost, however as an exercise in Intel’s engineering prowess it was certainly a marvellous showcase.

Gaming at the highest resolutions on Skulltrail was easy with support for both Crossfire and SLI graphics cards, then when finished it was easy to get back to work with the two 4-core QX9775 processors munching through even the heaviest of 3d rendering and Photoshop tasks.

Today, the system has somewhat already faded into the annals of tech history, a situation not helped by the extremely limited availability, however we felt that we should follow up our original article by pairing it with today’s ultimate graphics card configurations to see how it fares.

ATI have kindly supplied two DriverHeaven award winning 4870X2 samples for this article (for Crossfire X), and XFX have donated three of their ultimate high end pre-overclocked GTX 280 XXX cards for SLI 3-Way testing.

Before we proceed with the review, it has to be said, that it was only until very recently this article was technically possible, thanks to Nvidia burying the hatchet with Intel and offering a 3 way SLI supported driver which works very well on the newest Intel Skulltrail D5400XS bios.

Even though comparisons will be made, our intention is not to directly compare ATI against Nvidia in this article, but more to see how both leading ultimate solutions will run on a system which should in theory be less CPU bound than most. To further downplay the side effects of the two Quad processors affecting the results, we have watercooled both CPU’s and overclocked them to 4.4ghz (a 1.2ghz overclock @ 400×11). This will let both graphics solutions stretch their legs as much as possible at the highest resolutions.

Leave a Reply

Related posts

ZOTAC ZBOX EN760 Plus Review – Featuring GTX 860M and i5

ZOTAC ZBOX EN760 Plus Review - Featuring GTX 860M and i5

Zotac have been through many evolutions of their Zbox, starting with the original model around 5 years ago and bringing things into a new, orb style chassis more recently. Today we take a look at a Zbox which has familiar styling but brings the internals into the latest generation by using the...

Cyberpower Infinity Achilles Pro GT System Review

Cyberpower Infinity Achilles Pro GT System Review

Cyberpower Infinity Achilles Pro GT System Review We would all love to be able to build our own high performance PC from scratch but there can be many barriers that prevent this. Time and knowledge being two of the key aspects which may hold people back. Cyberpower offer consumers the...

ZOTAC ZBOX Nano AQ02 Plus Mini PC Review

ZOTAC ZBOX Nano AQ02 Plus Mini PC Review

ZOTAC ZBOX Nano AQ02 Plus Review Today ZOTAC release the latest in their ZBOX Nano range, the ZBOX Nano AQ02. Palm sized and featuring an AMD APU we have the Plus version on our test bench for a quick look. We have taken a look at a number of ZBOXes now, like the ID68 and the ID64, and...