Reviews Mainboard Sapphire Pure Black X79 Socket Lga2011

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Ten more days until Intel launched the Sandy Bridge E desktop platform and we can fill the time by contemplating yet another LGA2011 motherboard, the Pure Black X79 coming from well-known graphics card maker Sapphire Technology.

The Pure Black X79 features a 7-phase digital PWM, an active cooler for the X79 Express chipset (and possibly a PCIe bridge chip), four DDR3 memory slots, four SATA 6.0 Gbps and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, and no less than six PCI-Express x16 slots (three are x16 electrical) that can be used for CrossFireX setups (apparently SLI isn’t supported).

Sapphire’s board also has dual Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA connectors, six USB 3.0 ports (four on the back plate, two via a header), 7.1 channel audio, Bluetooth, a debut LED, UEFI BIOS, voltage read points, and Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons. Expect the Pure Black X79 to become available in maybe a week. 

Sapphire is a company engaged in computer hardware providers and is famous for his monumental work VGA Card. Now they are expanding their production to explore the mainboard, the evidence some time ago Pure Platinum Sapphire Z68 board throw the LGA1155 socket support for Sandy Bridge. After that Sapphire also shows socket LGA2011 mainboard design to provide support for Intel Sandy Bridge-E, the Sapphire Pure Black X79.

Sapphire Pure Black X79 Mainboard Socket LGA2011

Mainboard Sapphire Pure Black X79 Socket LGA2011

Sapphire Pure Black X79 is designed based on Intel X79 Express chipset and intended for overclocking. Sapphire Pure Black quad channel memory support which has four DDR3 DIMM slots with the details of one slot for each channel and is supported by a 4-phase VRM.

Some features are presented and supported overclockers with such power of 7-phase digital PWM from 8-pin EPS connector and 2-phase VTT is designed to use the choke + DrMOS. Additionally Sapphire Pure Black X79 also draws power from the connector 6-pin PCI Express power delivery in order to give stability to the PCI Express slot. Available PCI Express x16 slots, including three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six PCI Express 3.0 x8. Sapphire Pure Black X79 does not support NVIDIA SLI, but AMD CrossFireX support.

For storage connectivity side, the Sapphire Pure Black X79 has four SATA 6 Gbps ports, four ports SATA 3 Gbps and two eSATA ports are controlled by the Marvell chip. Other connections are available six USB 3.0 ports are controlled by ASMedia controller, two Gigabit Ethernet chip powered by Marvell Yukon Ultra II PCIe GbE. Lastly, the audio using the Realtek ALC892 HD Audio CODEC with 8 +2 channel, optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs and Bluetooth.


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