SAPPHIRE Technology, a leading manufacturer and global supplier of graphics cards has just announced a new motherboard developed to support the latest family of CPUs from Intel, the SAPPHIRE Pure Black X79N. It’s a full ATX-sized board that supports the latest generation Intel processor family using socket LGA2011. It also has 4 DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 32GB of quad channel memory.
The board is firmly aimed at the enthusiast, with many high-end features, such as a new SAPPHIRE UEFI BIOS, Dual BIOS switch, status monitor, voltage test pads and thermal monitoring. The multi-channel Digital power management circuitry uses server grade PWM components capable of delivering up to 270W on demand. Hardware monitoring tools and the SAPPHIRE proprietary Mainboard TriXX software allow users to review and adjust a range of system parameters, while optimizing the performance of the CPU.
In addition to the core chipset features, SAPPHIRE has added a total of six PCI-Express Gen 2.5 and Gen 3.0 slots all of which have x16 or x8 bandwidth and support CrossFireX technology. For extreme overclockers, the board has PCI-E jumpers, which allow some channels to be disabled. There are a total of four SATA III 6Gb/s and four SATA II 3Gb/s ports as well as two e-SATA ports on the rear panel. I/O support includes a total of 6 USB 3.0 ports (4 on rear panel) and 10 USB2.0 ports (6 on rear panel). Connectivity is provided by two RJ-45 Gigabit LAN ports and Bluetooth with EDR (enhanced data rate) and the board has 8-channel HD audio with Optical SP-DIF out, rear and front panel connectors.
Hailing from their Pure Black series, this board packs in a black multilayer PCB, and uses high quality gold plated connectors for USB 3.0 and LAN. It incorporates many high-end features, such as the use of high reliability solid capacitors throughout. No details on the pricing are available, just yet, but we should see this board in our market very soon.