Sapphire launches Intel based USB 3 mobos

Sapphire has announced  a range of motherboards for Intel chips.

Its first product to be launched with this technology is the X58 board, which will support the Intel core i7 series of processors. As well as the new processors the board will also include on-board USB3.0, SATA III, six dual channel DDR3 memory slots and 3 Gen2 (x16/x8/x8) and one Gen1 (x4) PCI-Express expansion.  

The board is also said to have features that support ‘overclocking including chokes with coolers. There are also additional options, which can be  provided in the BIOS to help optimise settings, as well as and start, reset and BIOS reset buttons. In addition there are also a  number of signal and voltage test points on the board as well as a numeric LED status code indicator.



The second Intel based board from the company is said to support the new range of Sandy Bridge processors from Intel. The Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra, is also said to have similar features to the X58 model. However as well as the Intel P67 chipset it also uses the Lucid Hydra chip, which is said to enable a mix of graphics configurations to be used in PCI-Express slots.

Pricing and availability will be confirmed later.