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Sapphire and ECS X79 Motherboard Review



Supports 2nd Gen Intel Core i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket
DMI 5.0GT/s
Intel® X79 Express Chipset
Quad-channel DDR3 memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 64GB, per one DIMM support 16GB
DDR3 2500(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1800/1600
*Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS.For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation
Expansion Slots:
4 x PCI Express x16 Gen3.0 slot (2 slots run at x8 bandwidth)
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
Support by Intel®X79
    • 2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s devices
    • 4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s devices
    • 4 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s devices(SAS6G1_2, SAS6G3_4) *
    • RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
Support by ASMEDIA ASM1061
    • 2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s devices
    • 2 x eSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
*User please be notice due to chipset limitation, the compatibility and stability of SATA port(SAS6G1_2/3_4) may differ by different devices.
Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
Compliant with HD audio specification
Ethernet LAN:
Dual RealTek RTL 8111E Gigabit LAN
Rear Panel I/O:
4 x USB 3.0 ports
6 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x eSATA 6.0Gb/s ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port (1x Line in, 4x Line out, 1x Optical SPDIF Out)
1 x Wireless LAN Dongle
1 x Bluetooth Dongle
1 x Clear_CMOS button
Internal I/O:
1 x Power on button
1 x Reset button
1 x 7S-LED Display
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 x 8-pin ATX Power Supply Connector
1 x 4-pin power connector for VGA card
2 x 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector (with smart fan)
2 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
4 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors(90 degree)
8 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s connectors(90 degree)
2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB ports(Gray One support EZ Charger)
1 x USB 3.0 header supports additional 2 USB 3.0 Ports
1 x COM header
1 x SPDIF out header
1 x Front panel switch/LED header
1 x Front panel audio header
1 x Clear CMOS header
1 x Buzzer
6 x Voltage measure points
Form Factor:
ATX Size, 305mm*244mm
OS Support:
Windows Vista (32/64) bit
Windows 7 (32/64) bit




  • AMI BIOS with 64Mb SPI Flash ROM
  • Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
  • Supports ACPI & DMI
  • Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
  • Support ECS M.I.B X Utility
  • Support EZ Charger
  • Support eBLU
  • Support eOC
  • Support eDLU
  • Support eSF


Information Provided By: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1303&CategoryID=1&MenuID=151&LanID=0




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: ECS X79R-AX Black Deluxe
  3. Closer Look: Sapphire Pure Black X79N
  4. Closer Look: Utilities
  5. Closer Look: ECS BIOS
  6. Closer Look: Sapphire BIOS
  7. Specifications and Features: ECS
  8. Specifications and Features: Sapphire
  9. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  10. Testing: PCM7
  11. Testing: HD Tune (5.0), AIDA64 2.20
  12. Testing: Sandra, X264, Handbrake
  13. Testing: USB 3.0
  14. Testing: 3DMark 11, DiRT 3, BF3
  15. Conclusion
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