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I decided to upgrade graphics to a 660 Ti in my Intel Skulltrail and apparently there's a compatibility issue... Basically I can run both my old 8800gtx and the 660 Ti and use the 660. Would have to switch to the 8800 to see post or access bios. Kind of an inconvenience but I could live with it. Currently have 8 x 2.8 ghz but have two 3.2 xeon's and a water cooling setup ready to bolt on and could easily OC to have 8 x 4 ghz.

So is it worth selling what I can now an moving to a new system IYO?

Maybe an I7-3930k with an Asus Rampage or EVGA Classified?


Yeah the Skulltrail is from 2008/9 but it's still a beast even at 2.8....3.5-4 I know is a decent boost. However I am memory limited to 800Mhz FBDIMM's, that are absurdly hot, but have 16Gb of it....

I do some gaming (GW2, BF3, LFD2, etc.) but also a lot of Solidworks designing with FEA calculations and such.


Also keep in mind I am running my SSD's on an LSI MegaRAID via pci-e at full SATA 3.0, which was a little tricky but is fast with 2 Vertex 3's in RAID0.



If anyone is (or know of a member that is) running an Intel Skulltrail with a newer video card let me know what your running because I wouldn't change systems yet if the 660 Ti issue wasn't annoying. If I could run a GTX 590 I wouldn't think twice about switching to that.

Another option I had thought of is to see if I can run a simple pci-e video card to not use the power or put of the heat of the 8800 and just not be concerned about seeing POST but have the opiton to switch if needed.....

Let me know what you think
Edited by flossabe - 3/27/13 at 8:41am
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I decided to upgrade graphics to a 660 Ti in my Intel Skulltrail and apparently there's a compatibility issue... Basically I can run both my old 8800gtx and the 660 Ti and use the 660. Would have to switch to the 8800 to see post or access bios. Kind of an inconvenience but I could live with it. Currently have 8 x 2.8 ghz but have two 3.2 xeon's and a water cooling setup ready to bolt on and could easily OC to have 8 x 4 ghz.

So is it worth selling what I can now an moving to a new system IYO?

Maybe an I7-3930k with an Asus Rampage or EVGA Classified?


Yeah the Skulltrail is from 2008/9 but it's still a beast even at 2.8....3.5-4 I know is a decent boost. However I am memory limited to 800Mhz FBDIMM's, that are absurdly hot, but have 16Gb of it....

I do some gaming (GW2, BF3, LFD2, etc.) but also a lot of Solidworks designing with FEA calculations and such.


Also keep in mind I am running my SSD's on an LSI MegaRAID via pci-e at full SATA 3.0, which was a little tricky but is fast with 2 Vertex 3's in RAID0.



If anyone is (or know of a member that is) running an Intel Skulltrail with a newer video card let me know what your running because I wouldn't change systems yet if the 660 Ti issue wasn't annoying. If I could run a GTX 590 I wouldn't think twice about switching to that.

Another option I had thought of is to see if I can run a simple pci-e video card to not use the power or put of the heat of the 8800 and just not be concerned about seeing POST but have the opiton to switch if needed.....

Let me know what you think

I didnt really understand this part,
Basically I can run both my old 8800gtx and the 660 Ti and use the 660. Would have to switch to the 8800 to see post or access bios

What sort of problems are you having with just the 660 ti installed?

And I would try to sell the Skulltrail honestly and get into the DDR3 scene, or wait for DDR4 to rear its ugly head.

no matter what, DDR2 machines with quad's are still good PC's!
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Yeah that's the initial problem....and yeah that does sound strange.

What It seems is the 660 can't be recognized by the bios at all, so when it's the only one installed I can't boot to even post. But when I have the 8800 installed at the same time I can post and boot. But (again....) get no screen flash on the 660 until windows login. If I needed to get in the bios I can have one screen on the 8800 and see the post, edit bios etc.

I was able to find someone that has a 560 ti that I'm going to meet up with fri to see if a 500 series will post. I have seen 400 series on skulltrails, and 3dmark.com show one with an hd 7970 iirc.

If I can verify a good enough card I'll send the 660 back and go with what will work for sure, it's just finding what that is.
Edited by flossabe - 3/27/13 at 1:07pm
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