From left: An additional 6-pin PCIe connector for powering the extra slots, USB 3.0 Internal port, 10 SATA ports (6 from the X79 PCH and 4 from ASMedia 1061)

Attractive bullet-theme heatsink over the X79 PCH


This will definitely get you in trouble with airport security…


Heatsink removed


PLX PEX8608 (PCIe Gen 2) Switch Chip to service the 2nd, 4th and 6th Slots


ASMedia ASM1480 PCIe 3.0 compliant switches


Only the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th slots are PCIe 3.0 capable


Switches to enable/disable PCIe lanes and buttons to adjust BCLK


Buttons for Auto OC/Presets and a mandatory PORT-80 POST Code display

BIOS Toggle Switch


Hmm… Creative X-Fi?


Nope, underneath the heatsink is a bog standard Realtek ALC898 Codec


Intel 82579V and Intel 82574L Gigabit PHYs


NEC/Renasas D720200AF1 USB 3.0 chips