Intel has listed the QX9775, indicating the chip used in its gaming Skulltrail motherboards is available in volume.
Intel previews eight core desktop platform
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Intel's Skulltrail motherboard reviews come on the heels MacBook Air reviews. That's where the similarity ends.
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.
A rumored licensing disagreement between Intel and Nvidia appears to be true, and it could have implications for high-end gaming PCs.
Laptop news for the week of December 10.
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.
CNET News.com's Stephen Shankland is buying a new computer for digital photography. He's not rich, so tell him what's a better investment: a faster dual-core processor or a slower quad-core model?