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Monday, 07 November 2011 19:47

Sapphire's X79 motherboard pixellized

Written by Slobodan Simic

 

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The Sapphire Pure Black X79


Just a few days before the official launch of the Intel Sandy Bridge E desktop platform, the guys from VR-Zone managed to score some pictures of Sapphire's Pure Black X79 motherboard.

Sapphire's Pure Black X79 features a 7-phase VRM design, support for Intel's upcoming LGA2011 Sandy Bridge E CPU, has four DDR3 memory slots for some quad-channel support and a total of six PCI-Express slots. The X79 chip is placed under a small fan while the VRM part has its own larger heatsink.

The rest of the specs include four SATA 6.0Gbps and four SATA 3.0Gbps ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, two eSATA ports, six USB 3.0 ones (two via header), bunch of USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, 7.1-channel audio, debug LED, UEFI BIOS, power, reset and clear CMOS buttons and voltage read points.

The new Sapphire Pure Black X79 is expected to hit retail as soon as Intel gives a green light for the release of Sandy Bridge E desktop platform. You can find more pictures here.

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0 #1 Naterm 2011-11-07 22:30
I just do not understand these high-end boards with only four DIMM slots. That's a step back from the X58 platform. I'm probably going to end up getting the Gigabyte UD5 and stick 32GB of memory in it. At $50-$60 for a 8GB of DDR3-1600, I don't really see a reason not to.
 
 
0 #2 Skynet 2011-11-07 23:31
Quoting Naterm:
I just do not understand these high-end boards with only four DIMM slots. That's a step back from the X58 platform. I'm probably going to end up getting the Gigabyte UD5 and stick 32GB of memory in it. At $50-$60 for a 8GB of DDR3-1600, I don't really see a reason not to.

Maybe because you will not see any difference after 8gb?

You could put in 16gb if you really wanted to so that Window 9 or 10 has enough memory but for not i can't see why 99.9% of buyers would need more than 16gb.
 
 
0 #3 Skynet 2011-11-07 23:32
Why are all the X79 only coming out with 8 SATAs now?

When they were on show at CES they had like 12 or more.
 
 
0 #4 Fierce Guppy 2011-11-08 06:48
Notice the slot layout? That is what I like to see in an X79 board. All the slots are PCI-E and all are full length. There's no PCI slot to get in the way of having a nice ventilated gap between two high-end graphics cards using third party cooling solutions.
 
 
0 #5 Fierce Guppy 2011-11-08 07:05
Quoting Naterm:
I just do not understand these high-end boards with only four DIMM slots. That's a step back from the X58 platform. I'm probably going to end up getting the Gigabyte UD5 and stick 32GB of memory in it. At $50-$60 for a 8GB of DDR3-1600, I don't really see a reason not to.


Would this motherboard be a reason not to?

http://www.techpowerup.com/154769/MSI-Big-Bang-XPower-II-X79-Monstrosity-Smiles-For-The-Camera.html
 
 
+2 #6 Naterm 2011-11-08 12:32
Quoting Skynet:
Maybe because you will not see any difference after 8gb?

You could put in 16gb if you really wanted to so that Window 9 or 10 has enough memory but for not i can't see why 99.9% of buyers would need more than 16gb.


Anyone who ever says "X amount" should be enough for anyone really needs to reconsider how much they know about PCs. I'm using 4GB right now on a machine where nothing important is running. I routinely use more than 8GB of memory when running combinations of Premier, Photoshop, and a handful of VMs.

Just because you don't need more than 8GB to play CoD doesn't mean that others have the same needs.
 
 
0 #7 Naterm 2011-11-08 12:32
Quoting Fierce Guppy:
Quoting Naterm:
I just do not understand these high-end boards with only four DIMM slots. That's a step back from the X58 platform. I'm probably going to end up getting the Gigabyte UD5 and stick 32GB of memory in it. At $50-$60 for a 8GB of DDR3-1600, I don't really see a reason not to.


Would this motherboard be a reason not to?

http://www.techpowerup.com/154769/MSI-Big-Bang-XPower-II-X79-Monstrosity-Smiles-For-The-Camera.html


I would never buy a motherboard that has a heat sink shaped like cartridges. Incorrectly shaped cartridges at that.
 
 
0 #8 Chris 2011-11-08 17:28
Quoting Naterm:
Quoting Fierce Guppy:
Quoting Naterm:
I just do not understand these high-end boards with only four DIMM slots. That's a step back from the X58 platform. I'm probably going to end up getting the Gigabyte UD5 and stick 32GB of memory in it. At $50-$60 for a 8GB of DDR3-1600, I don't really see a reason not to.


Would this motherboard be a reason not to?

http://www.techpowerup.com/154769/MSI-Big-Bang-XPower-II-X79-Monstrosity-Smiles-For-The-Camera.html


I would never buy a motherboard that has a heat sink shaped like cartridges. Incorrectly shaped cartridges at that.

This MB aims for gamers. I am one when I've the time but this design is... just a joke.
 
 
+1 #9 Skynet 2011-11-08 23:37
[quote name="Naterm"]Anyone who ever says "X amount" should be enough for anyone really needs to reconsider how much they know about PCs. I'm using 4GB right now on a machine where nothing important is running. I routinely use more than 8GB of memory when running combinations of Premier, Photoshop, and a handful of VMs.

First of all i said 99% of people won't need more than 16Gb for a good while but yes 1% of people have issues with closing programs down before they start the next one.

you are running with 4Gb and coping, you have the chance to increase this by 300% to 16Gb and this is still not 'enough'? Plus 8Gb DIMMs will be available soon so 32Gb but no you need more don't you.
 
 
+1 #10 Naterm 2011-11-09 07:01
A bit thick aren't we? This platform isn't for "99%" of users. Most of them are fine with a shitbox from Best Buy. This platform is for people that either must have the largest e-cock or people that actually do demanding stuff with their computers.

Not to mention that it's a bit odd to step backwards in this industry. Tylersburg, by and large, always offered six DIMM slots. It's successor should offer the same or more. Since it's now a quad-channel memory controller, that means eight DIMM slots should be mandatory.

The lower performance, higher volume stuff is available for people that don't need that level of performance.
 

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