Skulltrail CPUs to cost a grand and a half

We already brought you pictures and performance numbers for Intel’s upcoming "Skulltrail" enthusiast platform, which will combine dual 45nm processors and as many as four graphics cards. Now, the folks at DigiTimes claim to have information about the first "Skulltrail" chip Intel intends to roll out.

The processor will be dubbed Core 2 Extreme QX9775, the site says, and it will run at 3.2GHz with a 1600MHz front-side bus and an LGA771 package. In other words, the chip will be more Xeon than Core 2, despite the branding. More interestingly, DigiTimes quotes a launch price tag of $1,499 for the QX9775—that’s $500 more than the list price(PDF) for existing Core 2 Extreme chips. At $1,499 per CPU, a dual-processor Skulltrail rig would cost nearly $3,000 for the processors alone.

According to a related report by The Register, Intel plans to launch the Core 2 Extreme QX9775 some time in the first quarter of 2008. The chip will be accompanied by another Core 2 Extreme, the QX9770, which will supposedly feature the same specs but with an LGA775 package and a $1,399 price tag. Intel showed off the QX9770 at its Intel Developer Forum in Taiwan yesterday.

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