Conclusion: Sapphire is very well known for its video cards based upon AMD chips they have had a few motherboards based upon AMD chipsets as well. With the launch of the Pure Black X58 motherboard Sapphire has taken the next step into building a brand that doesn’t just do video cards and steps into the Intel LimeLight. The Pure Black X58 board is great for those wanting a 3-card Crossfire setup as the spacing between slots is perfect without blocking anything.
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.
Conclusion: Starting with the Pure Black X58 we have a board which is well built. In our time using it with a mixture of i7 CPUs it has performed flawlessly and has had no problem running memory in excess of 2100MHz. As our testing showed it also had no problems matching a well-established enthusiast board from Gigabyte and we achieved an excellent overclock from our 990X processor when running it on the Pure Black.
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: 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
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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