Conclusion: The Sapphire Pure Black X58 isn’t a groundbreaking motherboard. It’s quirky and not the best when it comes to overclocking, as it loses out by 25MHz in the QPI frequency overclocking stakes. Even flashing the BIOS is more difficult than on many cheaper X58 motherboards.
Sapphire Pure Black X58 Motherboard and Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Review
16 February 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sapphire Pure Black X58 LGA1366 Motherboard Review
8 March 2011
Conclusion: When you do a quick overview of the Sapphire Pure Black X58 motherboard, things look very promising. With two SATA 6GB/s ports, five SATA 3GB/s ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, a eSATA port, an onboard Bluetooth receiver, and neat user-friendly features like voltage...
Pros: - Overall thoughtful layout., - Four mechanical PCI-E x16 slots., - 2-Way & 3-Way CrossFireX support., - Solid overclocking capabilities., - Voltage read points., - Comprehensive SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire connectivity., - Integrated Bluetooth receiver., - Onboard power and reset button...
Cons: - Only 2 year warranty., - Only one PCI-E x16 slot can operate in full-speed x16 mode., - No SLI Support., - Overclocking auto-recovery seems non-existent., - A few BIOS bugs., - Unusual memory voltage droop., - MOSFET and northbridge heatsinks are bit too close to the CPU socket and a bit too la...