Intel's Sandy Bridge-E is the talk of the town right now, but let's not forget about another little chip maker named Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Sapphire certainly hasn't forgotten about AMD, nor has it blanked out on how to build a high end motherboard. Proving both is Sapphire's new Pure Black 990FX board with support for the latest AMD processors.
The Pure Black 990FX is a full size ATX motherboard with four dual-channel DDR3 memory slots (supports up to 32GB of RAM), four USB 3.0 ports, dual GbE LAN sockets, Bluetooth, eight SATA 3Gbps ports with AHCI and RAID support, rear-panel eSATA (SATA 3Gbps), six PCI Express Gen2 slots with CrossFireX support, and other specs you would expect to find a current board.
Sapphire pimps the Pure Black 990FX's build quality as another high point. It has a black multilayer PCB, high quality gold plated connectors for USB 3.0 and LAN, solid capacitors, and multi-phase PWM voltage regulation circuitry for both the CPU and memory modules with Sapphire Diamond Black chokes.
The Pure Black 990FX is in production now and will be available in the retail channel soon.