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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 00:00

Sapphire officially announces its Intel-based motherboards

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Intel X58 and P67 chipsets
Although these two have been rumoured and pixellized during CES 2011, Sapphire has now officially announced its engagement in the Intel based motherboard market. The Pure Black X58 and the Pure Black P67 Hydra are the first two motherboards that Sapphire is going to launch and we must confess that they look pretty good.

As the name suggests, the Pure Black X58 is based on Intel's X58 chipset and supports Intel's LGA1366 processors. It features quality build and design with solid state capacitors as well as Sapphire's patented Diamond Black chokes, which should ensure that this enthusiast grade product handles some serious overclocking.

As far as specs go, the Pure Black X58 features six DDR3 memory slots, two SATA 6.0Gbps and five SATA 3.0Gbps ports, three PCI-Express x16 2.0 slots running at x16/x8/x8 mode, USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, eSATA port, Bluetooth 2.1, FireWire and integrated 7.1-channel audio. In order to keep the overclockers happy, Sapphire included a debug LED, voltage measure points and Power/Reset/Clear CMOS buttons as well.

The second motherboard is based on Intel's P67 chipset and brings support for Intel's LGA1155 Sandy Bridge CPUs. The Pure Black P67 Hydra as Sapphire called it, also comes with a Lucid's Hydra chip that allows card mixing when running multi-GPU setup. Unfortunately, the P67 is less detailed so we guess that we will first see the X58 one on the market while the P67 will come a bit later.

Sapphire is working hard on getting these two on the market as soon as possible but unfortunately it still didn't announce the availability date or the price. However, we are sure that we'll have that info pretty soon.

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-9 #1 Squall_Leonhart 2011-01-12 10:23
[censored] hydra
 
 
+14 #2 Regenweald 2011-01-12 10:29
Hope you guys get a review sample soon but kitguru already has a pretty comprehensive review of this board, and for an engineering sample, this board kicks serious ass. Sapphire looks to have jumped straight to 'leading enthusiast manufacturer' status already. looking forward to their Sandy Bridge and bulldozer designs. :lol:
 
 
-2 #3 leftiszi 2011-01-12 10:55
X58 now? wtf?
 
 
+3 #4 yasin 2011-01-12 12:40
Quoting leftiszi:
X58 now? wtf?

x58 is the enthusiast level board until the release of Ivy Bridge 22nm cpus, which will work on LGA-1356 boards, and rumour has it will be compatible with Sandy Bridge cpus.
so yes, x58 now, and until much later this year
 
 
+6 #5 MortenA 2011-01-12 14:46
Sapphire Motherboards .., - looks good !
 
 
+3 #6 big008h 2011-01-12 15:18
This MB is absolutely beautiful! Been a huge Sapphire fan over the years... I must say I am somewhat leery of this though. Anyone know how they compare to the Asus boards?
 
 
+7 #7 Haberlandt 2011-01-12 16:16
Wasn't Sapphire AMD partner?
 
 
-2 #8 leftiszi 2011-01-12 16:20
Quoting yasin:
x58 is the enthusiast level board until the release of Ivy Bridge 22nm cpus, which will work on LGA-1356 boards, and rumour has it will be compatible with Sandy Bridge cpus.
so yes, x58 now, and until much later this year



Did you miss the launch of the Sandy bridge or what?

According to hardware.fr, the 2600K is the third top processor right now, losing only to the i7-970 and i7-980X.

Link me beautiful
http://www.hardware.fr/articles/815-22/intel-core-i7-core-i5-lga-1155-sandy-bridge.html

These are 800 and 1000 euros cpus respectively.

So WHO on their right mind, would go for a Bloomfield nowadays?
 
 
+3 #9 Regenweald 2011-01-12 17:13
Quoting Haberlandt:
Wasn't Sapphire AMD partner?

Leading AMD GPU partner in fact, but if they don't design Intel boards, they would be alienating all they loyal customers who prefer Intel processors and AMD graphics ;-)
Also, x58 may be 'old' by tech standards but seriously, there aren't exactly any slow socket 1366 processors are there ?

just read the review: http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/zardon/sapphire-pure-black-x58-motherboard-review-overclocking-performance/
 
 
0 #10 yasin 2011-01-12 20:14
Quoting leftiszi:

passmark has it at second:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

what are you on about? x58 is still the enthusiast level motherboard, regardless of the chips you put on it.
ofc, sandy bridge, for the price or not, rapes anything put in front of it.
i didn't say people are going to be going in their thousands to buy i7-9xx cpus, but that does not change the fact that the x58 are definitely the top level motherboards.
compare the top spec p67 to the top spec x58.
not many people will be upgrading their cpu from the i7-9xx series until ivy bridge, but they may want new motherboards. technology, especially the SSD tech, is going to move a long way in the next year, and the motherboards need to keep up.
 

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