THE HARDWARE MAKER Sapphire, best known for making video cards and its cosy relationship with ATI and now AMD, will get into the Intel motherboard market with two high-end boards.
Motherboards are nothing new for Sapphire, as it has offered AMD based models before. But its high-end Sapphire Pure Black X58 is a statement of intent, a fully featured mainboard that supports Intel Core i7 processors and incorporates the Intel X58 chipset.
Complete with a blue and white colour scheme and targeted at enthusiasts, it includes USB 3.0 built-in, SATA ports, six dual channel DDR3 memory slots, a load of peripheral connections and on-board 8-channel audio. It's also designed to support overclocking with "highly stable" power sections.
More intriguingly, Sapphire is also releasing another board that supports Intel's range of Sandy Bridge processors, known as the Pure Black P67 Hydra. Feature-wise it is pretty similar to the X58 model, but it also uses a Lucid Hydra chip that allows the use of a mix of graphics cards.
You'll have to wait a little while to get hold of these motherboards as Sapphire has not set a release date yet, but it did say that the boards are already in production. µ