The Intel Skulltrail will probably beat the pants off of any AMD Spider platform you can build, but on the other hand Gigabyte’s GA-MA790FX-DQ6 will only set you back about $300, half the price of the Skulltrail motherboard.  It will also be much easier to find, as it is not limited to 2000, total.  [H]ard|OCP checks out this Spider platform board and it’s 2 pair of PCI Express slots, a x16 pair and an x8 pair, which will do either x16, 16×16 or 8x8x8x8 if you go all out and pick up 4 graphics cards.  Once again, we see that if anything is holding back the performance of AMD platforms, it’s not the chipsets on their boards.

“Gigabyte brings us AMD’s Spider Platform in the form of their GA-MA790FX-DQ6. This board sports an impressive array of features among the main attractions are Phenom and Crossfire-X support.”

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