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Has anyone attempted this combo yet?

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This will destroy any Mac on the planet by a massive margin. This board allows you to overclock the CPUs, RAM, graphics cards, not to mention able to run SLi.

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Please post if you have had any success installing mac os X on skulltrail.

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well for the Skulltrail i did not get to try a OSX install but a friend did he said he could not get it to work.
But i did get to try a OSX install on a asus z7s ws with two intel xeon e5482 and ati 3870x2. i used kalyway leopard dvd everything was working sound lan and audio not sure about firewire had it turned off.

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How about all 8cores overclock at 5.3Ghz?

If he ran Geekbench or Cinebench, he would have no doubt shattered all the records :laser:

I'd be happy to run all 8 cores on 4Ghz.
http://www.xtremesys...h...0267&page=4

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I have been trying with iAtkos v3 and Kalyway 10.5.2 and had no luck, with kalyway it just reboots after a couple mins.
With iAtkos v3 it sits there forever at the grey apple symbol with the circle turning under it.

What settings did you use in the BIOS? maybe I have something wrong here.

I had firewire enabled, maybe that's it?

using SATA dvd-rw and sata disk.
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Correction, if I went in and disabled ALL the cpu features, then it boots now! trying to install.

running X5460 @ 9.5x366 for about 3.5ghz.

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How much is it for a full skulltrail set? Including the motherboard, and 2 cpus.

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Well...

looks like this is a pipe dream until a new BIOS comes out, because the ACPI APIC when you turn it on, causes a kernel panic. When it's OFF, the system hangs after "MAC Framework successfully installed" which is the step at which it's looking for the APIC.

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IT WORKS!

I ordered a D5400XS and it works perfectly with kalyway 10.5.2 I sent the asus back, it was a piece of {censored}.

Running 8 cores @ 3.16GHZ PM me if you have any questions.

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hey man glad to hear this worked for you. can you post an update? i want to build a hackpro based on this with this D5400XS for film school and need to know what kind of problems you might have run into. am running a maximus with a brazilmac leo on itwith vanilla kernel and hoping to do the same with Skulltrail. do all sata ports work?, ethernet and the link please post info on anything that doesnt work so i can hunt for kexts andd patches. thanks

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IT WORKS!

I ordered a D5400XS and it works perfectly with kalyway 10.5.2 I sent the asus back, it was a piece of {censored}.

Running 8 cores @ 3.16GHZ PM me if you have any questions.



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I didn't have any problems generally with any part of the setup. I only had to disable the CPU features initially, and then only enabled speedstep after the install. All 8 cores showed up and it was the fastest machine I had ever used! In parallels windows XP SP2 booted faster than I had ever seen, you know the thing that has the bars moving across the bottom before the desktop show up? well it gets 2 boxes in and you're already at your desktop! I think parallels stacks processors. I used the NVInject drivers for the video card.

I actually have spare memory and processors available if you want to PM me... I built the equivalent of a $13500 macpro for around $3250.

Power supply is a big concern. Make sure you get a 1000W psu if you can, you need special connectors, also DO NOT put the 6 pin PCI-X connector from the PSU into the board in the second 8 pin connector near the cpu, this will fry your board... (it fits, which is stupid).

Feel free to email teknikl(at)gmail.com any questions if you guys are looking to try this, I did it all from scratch and it was great!

-Mike

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IT WORKS!

I ordered a D5400XS and it works perfectly with kalyway 10.5.2 I sent the asus back, it was a piece of {censored}.

Running 8 cores @ 3.16GHZ PM me if you have any questions.


I'd wished to have read your post earlier. I do agree Asus is a piece of {censored}. I was struggling for 2 days to get an DSAN-DX board to boot with out success. It didn't even get through the booting.
Out of frustration I went out and bought a skulltrail. I thought I have had excellent success with an Intel DQ35JO earlier, Skulltrail would have been the same. And it was true. My installation (Boot 132 method with retail DVD) went through peacefully without any changes in the BIOS setting (I did flash the BIOS to the latest version).

Come to think of it, I should have learned the lesson. The reason why I have the DQ35JO was because simply I'd failed to get my ASUS P5B to boot for installation (BrazilMac then).

You are right. ASUS is a piece of {censored}.

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Will somebody with an 8 core Hack Pro provide some benchmarks. Geekbench, Xbench...

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This will destroy any Mac on the planet by a massive margin. This board allows you to overclock the CPUs, RAM, graphics cards, not to mention able to run SLi.


SLI can run in a Mac Pro under Windows.

But depending more on what cpu you get, skulltrail can kill the highest Mac Pro. I say depends on the cpu, because some 771 cpus don't overclock as well as the extreme core 2 duo 771 edition.

But Asus? A peice of {censored}? Let me tell you, Asus makes some great boards. I'm on a pq5 pro, and I have my e7200 oced to about 3.8 ghz easily.

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What is a Boot 132 method ???



I'd wished to have read your post earlier. I do agree Asus is a piece of {censored}. I was struggling for 2 days to get an DSAN-DX board to boot with out success. It didn't even get through the booting.
Out of frustration I went out and bought a skulltrail. I thought I have had excellent success with an Intel DQ35JO earlier, Skulltrail would have been the same. And it was true. My installation (Boot 132 method with retail DVD) went through peacefully without any changes in the BIOS setting (I did flash the BIOS to the latest version).

Come to think of it, I should have learned the lesson. The reason why I have the DQ35JO was because simply I'd failed to get my ASUS P5B to boot for installation (BrazilMac then).

You are right. ASUS is a piece of {censored}.



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It is a bootloader that allows one to boot the Retail Mac OS X DVD. You first boot from boot-132 then insert the Retail DVD and voila!

For more info look around the forum or search the following under google:
Boot-132 site:insanelymac.com

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Unfortunately everyone of you has to know that in this case (to set up a Skull trail) it is less expensive buying directly a double 2.8 ghz quad xeon Mac pro standard.
What you gain in onverclock you loose in hard disk cable and other features that you will vever had doing by yourself as in Pro you don't need any sata cable.
M;ac pro is a great internal antenna cable shielded work, optimal space usage and more.
Everything (cpu), ram, video board is protected and shielded.
You will never have it on standard pc machine or hardware.
The cost is extremely and entirely justified.

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Unfortunately everyone of you has to know that in this case (to set up a Skull trail) it is less expensive buying directly a double 2.8 ghz quad xeon Mac pro standard.
What you gain in onverclock you loose in hard disk cable and other features that you will vever had doing by yourself as in Pro you don't need any sata cable.
M;ac pro is a great internal antenna cable shielded work, optimal space usage and more.
Everything (cpu), ram, video board is protected and shielded.
You will never have it on standard pc machine or hardware.
The cost is extremely and entirely justified.

Now that is funny...

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Has anyone attempted this combo yet?

You posted some pics in another thread which showed some nice CPU coolers, would be nice to know what they are and where to get them.





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