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.