Monday, May 30th 2011

Sapphire Pure Black 990FX-N is Purely for CrossFire

Backed by one of the biggest OEMs in the industry, PC Partner, Sapphire does have some engineering potential to speak of. The AMD Radeon graphics card manufacturer has, on and off, tried to make inroads into the the motherboard market. With the 990FX-N, Sapphire is continuing its high-end Pure Black series. While NVIDIA SLI support isn't denied anymore for the AMD chipset platform, for political reasons (such as NVIDIA restricting AMD platform SLI licences to only those motherboard vendors who already had them for the Intel platform, cutting out Sapphire), this board doesn't support SLI. It shouldn't bother you if you own AMD Radeon, this board has sufficient PCI-Express connectivity to even allow 4-way CrossFireX.

The Sapphire Pure Black 990FX-N starts with a 10-phase VRM to power the AM3+ socket supporting AMD's new FX series processors, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slot supporting dual-channel DDR3 memory with speeds of over 1866 MHz. Expansion is an all PCI-Express affair, with five PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (of which one is x4), and two open-ended PCI-E x4. Storage connectivity includes eight SATA 6 Gb/s internal ports, and eSATA. Apart from that, the board features 8-channel HD audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF output, dual gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, and Bluetooth.
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18 Comments on Sapphire Pure Black 990FX-N is Purely for CrossFire

#2
jalex3
oh yummy great slot layout, right angled usb3! tiss a shame about the sli though. x4 sots are good to.
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#3
Steevo
bluetooth.........
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#4
_JP_
And here I was thining of getting a PureCrossfire 890FX...This one looks nicer.
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#5
TheGuruStud
I still need one pci slot, though :(
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#6
Dopamin3
VRM heatsink is pretty ugly IMO.
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#7
Totally
That's because it's covered with some kind protective plastic sticker but if it's ugly underneath that too :ohwell:
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#8
caleb
WTF Abit dies and poopy Sapphire starts to make mobos!
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#9
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
All i will say is....

If they managed to hack the P45 chipset to run SLi then this only a matter of time some will come up with the same thing for this mobo
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#10
Wile E
Power User
by: TheGuruStud
I still need one pci slot, though :(
Get a new sound card.
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#11
random
This board will allow tri-fire while leaving 1x slot for each card to breathe, looks damn good! I will be getting this if bulldozer surprises us :D
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#12
Maban
You say that one of the 16x slots is 4x but there is no evidence of that. They have the required caps for 16x and 8x, not to mention none of them are labeled as 4x.

16
4
8
16/8
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#13
xBruce88x
with it being an AMD board i'm not surprised its Crossfire Only (for now)
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#15
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: random
This board will allow tri-fire while leaving 1x slot for each card to breathe, looks damn good! I will be getting this if bulldozer surprises us :D
Na I think this sick ass mobo will run 16x16x16x16 and toss in your pci sound card for good measure lol... 4 6950's unlocked lmao!!!! Screw SLI on this board :cool: I bet this is the board to have top scores on Future Mark bench mark....

Bulldozer x8 + 4 x 69XX x4 = AWESOME!!!! moohahahahahaha

F $k U Intel!!!! :nutkick:
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#16
Drone
this one is fucking awesome
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#17
Relayer
by: xBruce88x
with it being an AMD board i'm not surprised its Crossfire Only (for now)
FWIU SLI licensing is only being offered to mobo manufacturers who already had it for their Intel boards. Which is likely every other mobo manufacturer except for Sapphire. :cool:
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#18
Formula350
by: TheGuruStud
I still need one pci slot, though :(
Not practical, but you could get one of the PCI->PCIe x1 adapters of eBay :o They'd raise the card up (thus not being practical), but also run like $30 after shipping and it's just a chinese-made product :eek::shadedshu


by: Dopamin3
VRM heatsink is pretty ugly IMO.
by: Totally
That's because it's covered with some kind protective plastic sticker but if it's ugly underneath that too :ohwell:
It's not a sticker or protective plastic, from what I can tell. Looks like they don't have the board and/or the heatsink styling plates finished, so in an effort to at least give people and idea or what the heatsink plates will look shape-wise, they just cut out some clear plastic and adhered them to the heatsinks. The SB (NB/SB?) looks like it had some holes punch in it to be screwed on, but they went with sticky putty instead :laugh:


by: fullinfusion
Na I think this sick ass mobo will run 16x16x16x16 and toss in your pci sound card for good measure lol... 4 6950's unlocked lmao!!!! Screw SLI on this board :cool: I bet this is the board to have top scores on Future Mark bench mark....

Bulldozer x8 + 4 x 69XX x4 = AWESOME!!!! moohahahahahaha

F $k U Intel!!!! :nutkick:
Whoaaaa, simmer down thar! :slap: lol

I'm sure you were just kidding around, but for anyone else, it for surely won't have full x16 bandwidth on every slot lol If anything it'll be:
  • x16/x6 for Dual
  • x16/x8/x8 for 3-Way (hopefully not x16/x16/x4 as some have been :wtf:)
  • x8/x8/x8/x8 for Quad.
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