Sapphire Pure Black X79N review

Sapphire hitting the top end of Intel's motherboard chipsets

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  • Range of overclocking settings
  • Plenty of hardware options


  • Only four DIMM slots
  • Lacks SLI support

Hot on the heels of the top-end AMD chipset, the FX990, is a little Intel lovin' by way of Sapphire's brand new Pure Black X79N.

Like the Sapphire Pure Black FX990, this is Sapphire's top-end motherboard for someone's highest-spec desktop chipset, and this time it's the turn of Intel's X79/Sandy Bridge E platform.

The Pure Black X79N, like most of Sapphire's latest boards aimed at the enthusiast end of the market, is full to the brim with features.

This is no more then you should expect on a motherboard aiming its beady eye at this particular market segment. However although the pricing is yet to be confirmed, the feature load is likely to be reflected in the price tag.

When we say full to the brim, that's a bit of an understatement - the Sapphire Pure Black X79N comes with no less than six PCIe x16 slots, two of which support the latest Generation 3 specs.

It also has eight SATA ports (six of which are SATA 6Gbps), dual Gigabit LAN, four USB 3.0 ports and integrated Bluetooth connectivity.


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.