Sapphire readying three new motherboards, AM3+ launched
Moving on to the Sapphire's new motherboards for Intel processors we have yet another budget model, although this time around a full-size ATX model in the shape of the Pure Platinum H61P. There we're looking at a single x16 PCI Express slot, two x1 PCI Express slots and three PCI slots with the help of an ASMedia bridge chip. Sapphire has also added a pair of extra SATA ports of the 6Gbps kind, again by the help of what appears to be a controller from ASMedia.
You do of course also get the four SATA 3Gbps ports from the Intel chipset. This board only has a pair of DIMMs due to the choice of chipset, although Sapphire appears to have included a pair of BIOS chips, as well as power and reset buttons even on what should be a fairly basic board. Around the back we have a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio, a D-Sub, DVI and HDMI port. Nothing all too special, but a decent enough board if you're on a budget.
We did of course, as you do, save the best to the last, namely the Pure Black X79. We've already seen this board in quite some detail just over a month ago, but we now have high-resolution pictures of the 1.0 revision. What have changed you ask? Not much as far as we can tell and sadly the fan cooled heatsink is still in place. Maybe the lack of changes is a good thing and although admittedly we were wrong when we expected this to be part of the first batch of X79 motherboards, there most likely was a reason as to why it didn't launch alongside everyone else's X79 boards. For detailed information on the Pure Black X79, check out our earlier coverage.