Sapphire Pure Black X79N review

Sapphire hitting the top end of Intel's motherboard chipsets

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Sapphire's latest version of its QBios makes overclocking as easy as possible, with plenty of options to tinker with.

The Sapphire Pure Black X79N overclocked the CPU to 4.2GHz stably just by adjusting the ratio limits of the cores, while a small bit of adjustment to the CPU voltage got a stable overclock speed of 4.5GHz.Multi-threaded CPU performance

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CPU encoding performance

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Overclocking performance

Sapphire pure black x79n benchmarks


Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX79 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket R LGA-2011
Brand NameSapphire
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots6
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports2
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports10
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 3.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots6
Memory Form FactorUDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports2
Processor TechnologyTurbo Boost Technology, Hyper-Threading Technology
Width304 mm
Depth244 mm
ManufacturerSapphire, Inc
Product ModelPURE Black X79N
Product NamePURE Black X79N Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number52043-00-40G
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Developed for the Enthusiast, the SAPPHIRE PURE Black X79N is engineered to achieve the ultimate in innovation, performance, feature and quality.

Combining stability, a commitment to performance hardware and BIOS tweaks as well as the use of high quality components, The PURE Black series is the pinnacle in the SAPPHIRE series of mainboard products.