Intel has listed the QX9775, indicating the chip used in its gaming Skulltrail motherboards is available in volume.
A $12,000 Intel Skulltrail-based system using two top-line quad-core QX9775 processors and a bevy of Nvidia GPUs devotes a disproportionate amount of real estate to fans.
Cuts to prices of dominant chipmaker's processor prices are limited in number and degree. Largest reduction comes to the desktop Core 2 Duo E8500, at 3.16GHz.
Intel's Skulltrail motherboard reviews come on the heels MacBook Air reviews. That's where the similarity ends.
Intel previews eight core desktop platform
Thanks to an expensive new motherboard requirement, Intel's new Core i7 desktop processors will remain enthusiast and professional-level parts until more affordable complementary hardware comes out later next year. Speed never comes cheap, however, and if you're willing to spend for it now, you'll find yourself in possession of the fastest CPU on the market.
Nvidia's new flagship 3D card delivers almost all the performance we expect for its price. If you can live with "almost," at this price range, then this is a solid PC gaming option. We also wouldn't blame you Crysis fans for waiting to see what's in store later this year.
Nvidia's new GeForce 9600 GT graphics chip gives the Asus EN9600 GT some of the best bang-for-the-buck we've seen in a midrange 3D card. If your goal is reliable frame rates in the latest PC games, you should pick this card up as soon as you can.