Sapphire Pure Black X58 Motherboard and Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Review
4 October 2011
Excerpt: Sapphire Pure Black X58 Motherboard and Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Review Sapphire Today we're looking at Sapphire's entry into the Intel X58 chipset mainboard market - 'Pure Black' - released just as Intel tried to release their new Cougar Point platform for Sandy Bridge processors. Released in late 2008, Tylersburg chipsets (the codename for X58) have been around longer than USB 3 and SATA 3, and represent Intel's first point-to-point system interconnect architecture.
Summary: If you are in the market for an Intel X58 motherboard with the latest features and support for CrossfireX configurations, the Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard may just be the board for you!
Excerpt: Sapphire is still very new to the motherboard arena and even though they have had a few motherboards in the past this is still relatively new territory for them, but they now have an ace up their sleeve. What gives Sapphire an Ace up the sleeve? Sapphire has now hired the entire design team from EVGA, and these folks are the Mac Daddies of designing highly design intensive motherboards geared for the high-end gamer and enthusiasts market as seen by many of the X58...
Excerpt: When you think of Sapphire, the platform that mostly comes to mind is AMD. This is probably because Sapphire is the largest company producing and distributing ATI products. Now, however, we may be looking at an entirely different ball game. With the introduction of the Pure Black x58 and the x67 boards, Sapphire seems to going straight for the Intel market and is not holding back.
Excerpt: We will be taking a look at a brand new motherboard and I believe direction for SAPPHIRE. This board is quite different than what they have done in the past and on top of that it is an Intel CPUbased motherboard. Loaded with lots of extras and features this board could show that Sapphire is ready to challenge other manufactures.
Pros: Easy to find and read markings on the board, Bluetooth, New styling for SAPPHIRE, LED temp display on MB, Quick access buttons/switches on MB, TriXX OC software, Desktop temp widget
Cons: Large name badge placed on heatsink, Non SLI for a X58 board
Conclusion: It’s clear just by looking at the PURE Black X58 that they aren’t messing around. This board has the style and feature set to run with the big dogs and I expect to see much more from Sapphire over the next few years. My complaints about the PURE Black X58 were limited to mostly small details like the orientation of the logos on the board and the features of the software. There is only one major thing missing from the PURE Black X58, SLI support.
Excerpt: Sapphire has been in the game for a long time. The company is best known not only for making video cards, but also for making some of the best on the market when AMD (previously ATI) are on top of their game.
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