"It is safe to say that the single-core processor is on life support, if not in the casket waiting for an official burial. Dual core is now the entry-level and quad core is the new mainstream performance solution. The Phenom 9500 and 9600 are very inexpensive options, and once Intel gets their 45nm release schedule in gear, the number of reasonably-priced quad core processors will increase significantly. But this begs the question of where a true enthusiast is supposed go when everyone and their dog will be running a quad core system.
If this is your particular quandary, then Intel has a potential solution, in the form of the ultra high-end Skulltrail dual-CPU, multi-GPU platform. Although the Skulltrail platform itself will not be officially launched until later in the first quarter of 2008, we're taking an early peek at its performance, and offering our opinion on how it stacks up against the best from Intel and AMD."