1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

SAPPHIRE Supports Latest Intel CPU Family with Pure Platinum Z68 Mainboard

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Aug 18, 2011.

?

Is it fair on NVIDIA's part to levy an SLI tax on motherboard vendors?

  1. It's fair because Intel effectively shut NVIDIA off the chipset industry

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. It's fair, provided NVIDIA doesn't discriminate on which vendor can('t) have it

    6 vote(s)
    42.9%
  3. No, AMD doesn't do that for CrossFire support on current chipsets

    8 vote(s)
    57.1%
  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,552 (11.25/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,644
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    SAPPHIRE Technology, a leading manufacturer and global supplier of graphics, mainboard and multimedia solutions has just introduced a new mainboard developed to support the latest SandyBridge family of CPU’s from Intel.

    The SAPPHIRE Pure Platinum Z68 is a full ATX sized board that supports the 2nd Generation Intel SandyBridge i3 / i5 / i7 processor family using socket LGA1155. Four dual channel memory sockets are provided, supporting up to 16GB of DDR3 memory with current technology, and capable of supporting up to 32GB when suitable modules become available. There two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports (plus 8 on headers), as well as Gigabit LAN and Bluetooth connectivity with EDR (enhanced data rate). It has four SATA II 3G ports, and two SATA III 6G ports (+ two more on a header) and supports Intel “Rapid Storage” technology as well as RAID 1, 0, 5 and 10.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Four Video output options are provided for the on-chip graphics output of the CPU – VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort - of which any pair can be used simultaneously. The HDMI 1.4a port supports both video and audio. The rear panel has the standard I/O configuration for the on board 8-channel HD 7.1 Audio as well as SPDIF.

    Add-in graphics support is provided by two PCI-E Gen3 x16 slots, spaced to allow the installation of two dual width graphics cards in CrossFireX. Further expansion is provided by an additional PCI-E x16 slot and three standard PCI slots. Lucid Virtu software is bundled with this board, which provides dynamic switching between the built-in processor graphics and discrete graphics cards. This is ideal for people who want to use high-end, 3D cards for high-resolution gaming and enjoy the power savings of switching to the built-in graphics capabiity of 2nd Generation Intel processors for 2D or media applications.

    The Z68 chipset supports performance tuning by allowing separate adjustment of clock speeds, multipliers and voltages, ideal for overclocking. All these changes can be made in the BIOS of the SAPPHIRE Pure Platinum Z68. The board has a Dual BIOS, allowing for experimentation and updates, and for the hard-core enthusiast, voltage test pads have been brought out to the edge of the board for the critical voltages on the CPU and memory circuits. Other user friendly features include digital debug display and a push button reset for the BIOS, as well as start and system reset buttons.

    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.

    The build quality of the SAPPHIRE Pure Platinum Z68 is high. It has a black multilayer PCB, and uses high quality gold plated connectors for USB 3.0 and LAN. It incorporates many of the high end features associated with the SAPPHIRE brand, such as the use of high reliability solid capacitors throughout. The multi-phase voltage regulation circuitry, 6 + 2 phase for the CPU and 3 phase for the memory modules, incorporates the patented SAPPHIRE Diamond Black chokes with coolers that have featured on SAPPHIRE’s high end graphics cards, and the chipset is passively cooled contributing to reliability as there are no moving parts to fail.

    The SAPPHIRE Pure Platinum Z68 is in production now, and will be available through SAPPHIRE’s usual channel partners and retailers.
     
  2. Lionheart

    Lionheart

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Messages:
    4,050 (1.74/day)
    Thanks Received:
    808
    Location:
    Milky Way Galaxy
    Sapphire + Intel = :confused::confused:
     
  3. xBruce88x

    xBruce88x

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2009
    Messages:
    2,420 (1.35/day)
    Thanks Received:
    583
    strange indeed...
     
    More than 25k PPD
  4. Widjaja

    Widjaja

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Messages:
    4,819 (1.81/day)
    Thanks Received:
    636
    Location:
    Wangas, New Zealand
    Sapphire released another motherboard?
    Must be doing well for themselves to start releasing again.
    Plus I have to agree with xBruce88x.
    Unusual = combination.
     
  5. _JP_

    _JP_

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2010
    Messages:
    2,681 (1.66/day)
    Thanks Received:
    734
    Location:
    Portugal
    Impure! Impure!
     
  6. [H]@RD5TUFF

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    5,615 (3.17/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,707
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Glad to see Saphire back in the mobo market, now they just need to go back to white PCB, and it will be like the good old days!
     
  7. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,552 (11.25/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,644
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    This board doesn't support SLI.

    Added Poll. (News poll initiative)
     
  8. [H]@RD5TUFF

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    5,615 (3.17/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,707
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    That's a downer, but not suprising given the "SLI tax" I suppose.
     
  9. micropage7

    micropage7

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    Messages:
    5,798 (3.54/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,338
    Location:
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    yeah if it could
    it would be nice we have white board again
     

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page