Sapphire Technology, a leading manufacturer and global supplier of graphics, mainboard and multimedia solutions has just announced a new mainboard developed to support the latest family of CPUs from Intel, the Sapphire Pure Black X79N. The Sapphire Pure Black X79N is a full ATX sized board that supports the latest generation Intel processor family using socket LGA 2011. It has 4 DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of quad channel memory, including the latest high speed types. The board is firmly aimed at the enthusiast, with many high end features such as a new Sapphire UEFI BIOS, Dual BIOS switch, status monitor, voltage test pads and thermal monitoring. The multi-channel Digital power management circuitry uses server grade PWM components capable of delivering up to 270 W on demand. Hardware monitoring tools and the Sapphire proprietary Mainboard TriXX software allow users to review and adjust a range of system parameters while optimising performance of the CPU. In addition to the core chipset features Sapphire has added extensive expansion and connectivity options. The board has a total of six PCI-Express Gen 2.5 and Gen 3.0 slots all of which have x16 or x8 bandwidth and support CrossFireX technology. For extreme overclockers, the board has PCI-E jumpers which allow some channels to be disabled. Extensive storage options are provided by a total of four SATA III 6 Gb/s and four SATA II 3 Gb/s ports as well as two e-SATA ports on the rear panel. I/O support includes a total of 6 USB 3.0 ports (4 on rear panel) and 10 USB2.0 ports (6 on rear panel). Connectivity is provided by two RJ-45 Gigabit LAN ports and Bluetooth with EDR (enhanced data rate) and the board has 8-channel HD audio with Optical SP-DIF out as well as rear and front panel connectors. The build quality of the Sapphire Pure Black series is high. It has a black multilayer PCB, and uses high quality gold plated connectors for USB 3.0 and LAN. It incorporates many high end features associated with the Sapphire brand, such as the use of high reliability solid capacitors throughout. The voltage regulation circuitry incorporates the world renowned Sapphire Diamond Black chokes with coolers that have featured on Sapphire's high end graphics cards. The Sapphire Pure Black X79N will be available globally through Sapphire's established channel and etail partners.