Skulltrail spiritual successor sighted in EVGA suite

Intel’s Skulltrail platform may already be distant history for many enthusiasts. However, EVGA apparently intends to rejuvenate the concept with its Classified SR-2 motherboard and accompanying components. We got to see them first-hand in EVGA’s hotel suite at Computex last week.

The Classified SR-2 is essentially a 2P Xeon motherboard with an enthusiast veneer. It has an Intel 5520 chipset, a pair of LGA1366 sockets, seven physical PCI Express x16 slots with support for just about any multi-GPU configuration under the sun, 12 DDR3 DIMM slots (and yes, unregistered RAM is supported), USB 3.0, and 6Gbps Serial ATA.

Shipments of the Classified SR-2 should begin this week. EVGA is targeting extreme enthusiasts and bona-fide workstation users, which are probably among the few demographics likely not to run screaming from the $599 price tag.

EVGA told us the board actually surpasses the extended ATX specification, so it won’t fit in many cases—even big workstation ones. That’s why EVGA has teamed up with Cooler Master to design a special enclosure for Classified SR-2 systems. You’ll find pictures of the case in the image gallery below. The case should start shipping in the third quarter with pricing around the $300 mark (and an EVGA logo on the front).

You’ll need a beefy power supply to handle dual Xeons and a multi-GPU config, too. EVGA completed the trifecta with an Antec-designed 1,200W power supply—also visible in the gallery below—which costs $320 and carries 80 Plus Silver certification. The unit has six 12V rail and maximum 12V power output of exactly 1,200W.

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    • dreamer77dd
    • 9 years ago

    Are there other boards comping out or that are out that have dual socket on them? any competitors in the dual market motherboards? what about AMD or are those from awhile ago nothing new yet? I would like to see more software being able to take advantage of the hardware that is availability or give me reason to go the extra mile with this stuff.

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 9 years ago

    Wow, someones e-peen just got a little larger!

    • internetsandman
    • 9 years ago

    Is it just me, or is that case essentially an ATCS 840 with a different front bezel and no bottom PSU?

    • Sunburn74
    • 9 years ago

    What is that sexy case they are using?

    • dreamer77dd
    • 9 years ago

    SIX power connections on it I was hoping for more. intel xeon Dual QPI Processors play excellently together in dual socket boards compare to other chips. A server chip is better quality chip compare to consumer users as they are meant to work 24hours, just better components. you can also overclock it lol. i still like to see a review and some benchmarking. how would you make this motherboard even more extreme? or better? Is a Big Bang-XPower motherboard better? i hope to see more dual socket motherboards and software to be able to use all the available power. I also was thinking what it be like to see fusion chip Zambezi and Orochi in a dual socket motherboard.

    • thermistor
    • 9 years ago

    #24…or just regular nForce/Radeons with some bios hacktasticness.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    Old news is old.

    Anyway, this board is going after a niche within a niche.

    The out of spec form factor kills it for workstation types. A hardcore enthusiast would be hard-pressed to justify getting anything more than a premium X58 board + 980X combo.

    • Convert
    • 9 years ago

    That case looks really cheesy.

    • wibeasley
    • 9 years ago

    Do they expect to make money from this model (even at $600)? Or is this solely a halo product?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      Do you *really* need to ask? I imagine they’ll ‘make money’ or at least not lose it but it’s obviously a tiny production halo product.

    • mcforce0208
    • 9 years ago

    can it play crisis?

      • Raskaran
      • 9 years ago

      On its own no. Human input required. You do not comply.

    • mmmmmdonuts21
    • 9 years ago

    What a folding monster this could be…

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 9 years ago

      Heh heh! My thoughts exactly!

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    All we want is dual i7 or i5 support why do they waste our time with this stuff those processors are wastes of money(yes i get the irony in that statement.)

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      You can always just buy a normal two socket board for like $250 and get two $200-ish Xeons, but what’s the point? That’s a good way to run your electricity bill through the roof, and not much else.

    • mesyn191
    • 9 years ago

    You know if this mobo came with the case and PSU then the $600 price would actually be a pretty good deal.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    @ jdaven, hey man, you related at all to the jazz player? Having identical names, I wasnt sure. Kinda off topic i know….

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      Sorry, no, but my father in-law is a jazz player but his name isn’t related to jdaven. Does that count? 🙂

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        eh. close enough.

    • wingless
    • 9 years ago

    Will this board last since the ENTIRE motherboard team at EVGA left?

      • ManAtVista
      • 9 years ago

      According to EVGA, that rumor is not true.

      • wira020
      • 9 years ago

      I heard only 3 people from mobo team left to sapphire… according to kitguru…

    • luipugs
    • 9 years ago

    12 DDR3 DIMM slots

    i can only see 6 in the picture. can anyone clarify?

      • Ryszard
      • 9 years ago

      6 red, 6 black.

        • luipugs
        • 9 years ago

        aha. thanks. damn my poor eyesight.

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      I can clarify you need to visit your opticians.
      In between the red slots, treasures await you. 😉

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    throw 2 980’s in there, and rock the 24 threads! that would be crazy ass performance. with that kind of rig, really you wish they had 100% working hydra chips so you could throw in a 3-4 5970’s, and really get some frame rates! i guess the issue there would be that you would kind cap out at 240hz or so, which would make it all kinda moot….

      • Raskaran
      • 9 years ago

      It only supports Xeon cpu’s, you can’t put desktop CPUs in there.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        damn, you’re right. i should try reading.

        • Krogoth
        • 9 years ago

        You can put in any desktop LGA1366 in that board. It just can only use one chip. The other would go to waste, since they lack the necessary QPI link.

          • Raskaran
          • 9 years ago

          They ain’t listed as supported cpus.
          So it can work with one chip only without a terminator thing in the other socket ?

            • Krogoth
            • 9 years ago

            Yep, dual-socket boards could always work with only one socket occupied. The only stipulation is that DIMM slots that are tied to the empty socket will not work.

            There really isn’t any reason that a desktop LGA1366 chip would’t work. They still have QPI link for the chipset.

      • Waco
      • 9 years ago

      Crazy until you remember that most applications aren’t particularly well threaded and Hydra/Crossfire/SLi tend to blow with more than 2 GPUs. 😛

        • Krogoth
        • 9 years ago

        Two Xeon DP Bloomfield/Gulftowns do help in the encoding and rendering world. That is assuming that you are getting Quadros and FireGL cards for this guy.

      • Shining Arcanine
      • 9 years ago

      You will need to use Xeon X5680 processors which are identical to Core i7-980X processors, with the exception of a second QPI link.

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