Sapphire releases Pure Platinum mobo

Sapphire has developed a new mainboard that will support Intel’s second generation Sandy Bridge chips.

The Pure Platinum Z68 will support the i3, i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge processors, using socket LGA1155.

There are four dual channel memory sockets provided, and can support up to 16GB of DDR3 with currently available technology, though will be able to handle 32GB when suitable modules are available.

USB 3.0 is covered, providing two ports, while there will be four 2.0 ports, plus eight on headers.  There are two SATA III 6G ports available, with two more on a header, alongside four SATA II 3G ports.

There is space provided for graphics upgrading with two PCI-E Gen3 x16 slots, which Sapphire says are spaced to two dual width graphics cards in CrossFireX.  More expansion can be enabled with a PCI-E x16 slot and three standard PCI slots.

Lucid Virtu software allows easy switching between built-in graphics and discreet cards, making it possible to make use of Intel’s energy saving Sandy Bridge chips when not running high resolution gaming and so on.

Changes can be made in the BIOS of the Z68 to allow adjustments of clock speeds, multipliers and voltages for overclocking.  Dual BIOS allows for further experimentation and updates for the more hardcore enthusiasts.

The standard video outputs are covered, with VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort, all of which can be used simultaneously.