At the bottom of the board, we find the usual front panel connectors for USB, Firewire and Audio. What pleased us was the inclusion of a PORT-80H POST diagnostic LED, and conveniently placed onboard power and reset buttons.

We have a whopping 9 SATA ports here, 6 of which is wired to the X79 PCH and 3 by a SATA 6Gbps capable ASMedia ASM1061.

 

CPU Socket Area – the socket is made by Foxconn.

 

6+2 Phase design driven by a CHiL 8328 Digital VRM for power regulation.

 

100% "Japan-made" Gold Conductive Polymer Capacitors

 

Accessories (SLi bridges, I/O Shield and SATA cables) and Manual

 

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