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Sapphire Pure Black X79N Motherboard and HD7970 GPU Review

Rating: 8.0.

Today we are taking a look at the latest ‘Pure Black’ X79N motherboard from Sapphire, based around Intel’s enthusiast X79 platform (LGA2011). We have reviewed many Sapphire motherboards in the past and have admired their build quality and overall level of performance, even if their bios configurations have been lagging a little behind industry leaders such as ASUS. We are pairing this motherboard up with Sapphire’s high end AMD HD7970.

Sapphire have been a little later to market than other manufacturers in releasing their X79 solution … Kitguru has already looked at various models from ASUS, Gigabyte and ASRock.

The Pure Black X79N has dual Gigabit lan, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps and BlueTooth support and is built with quality Japanese Polymer solid capacitors, Sapphire diamond chokes and 30u gold plating.

Is this the foundation for a kick ass performance system build to start 2012 with a bang?

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  • Peter Saunders

    Nice system this would make. The 7970 is brilliant and the motherboard seems well made, much like everything sapphire do. I dont really like their bioses however as I think they are adopting a different style of overclocking than everyone else with those mv. why not just make it core voltage and have direct keying in on the field like everyone else?

  • Jospeh

    Sapphire are trying hard in the motherboard arena, they face such stiff competition however that they would need to focus on getting their pricing down. The Z68 board for instance cost more here than many of the ASUS products, and I dont think it sold very well

  • Eric D

    I am waiting on toxic or vaporx card from sapphire before buying a 7970. The AMD reference coolers suck, even this one, which I hear is better.

    Motherboard looks ok, I like the fact Sapphire seem to be making everything themselves, including their custom bios configurations.

  • Brooke

    They seem to make good boards and I would buy one, but they seem hard to get in the UK even if I wanted to.

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  • Gary Odonnell

    Didnt even know they made motherboards!

  • Raymond

    Hope they release a good VaporX edition soon. those reference cards dont appeal to me at all.

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