The next board we are taking a look at is the Sapphire Pure Black X58. This is the first board that the company is bring to market and that was a bit odd to us. Then it was explained that the engineers they hired on from EVGA had a ton of experience with the Intel X58 chipset, so this board was easy to design and bring to market. Sapphire says this board is fully featured and supports all of the Intel Core i7 series processors that are on the market today.
This board has features like on-board USB3.0, SATA III and SATA II internal headers, Six dual channel DDR3 memory slots and three Gen2 (x16/x8/x8) and one Gen1 (x4) PCI-Express expansion slots as well as a host of peripheral connections and on-board 8-channel audio.
The layout is pretty run of the mill and you’ll notice that the chipset cooler is missing in action. We were shown a couple different heat sinks that could go on the board and one was even setup for water cooling.
You’ll notice this board is rather similar to the P67 board when it comes to layout and design. If you look along the bottom edge of this board you’ll see the same power, reset and CMOS reset configuration that we saw on the previous board.