Sapphire Technology was another of the companies that we were fortunate enough to spend time with in Las Vegas NV at CES 2012. While we were at their suite at the MGM Grand we were able to get some hands on time with a few of their latest products. Among them were their Intel X79 motherboard, the PURE Black X79N (PB-CI7X79N). The PURE Black X79N (PB-CI7X79N) features support for AMD CrossFireX, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, and PCIe x16 Gen 3.0. We have played with the Sapphire Pure Black series in the past and found it to be a very solid motherboard. We have high hopes for the Sapphire PURE Black X79N Motherboard.
That wasn't all that Sapphire had to show off, we also had the opportunity to check out the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5. The base version of the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 is simply the reference design.I don't doubt we will see a non-reference design Radeon HD 7970 or two from Sapphire in the time to come! Legit Forums
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In-Win XFrame Limited Edition Case Pictures From CES 2012
THe case reminds of the Antec Skeleton chassis as it brought open air concept cases to the mainstream market. It looks like In-Win is trying to do the same with the XFrame, so we'll have to keep an eye on how it does.
In-Win was at CES 2012 showing off their limited edition, blue anodized open-frame chassis called the XFrame. This case has an innovative design that will likely be loved or hated for obvious reasons. In-Win told us that they are receiving mixed feelings about the case from people at the show, which confirms our suspicions.
We like how this case has a removable motherboard tray, but it does lack a way to easily mount radiators for water cooling kits and cooling fans. This case has some pretty obvious pros and cons, but we like the XFrame as it is different. You can see eight more pictures of this case in the forums by following the link below.
The aluminum construction makes the XFrame exceptionally light, yet strong, while the 329 x 518 x 408mm (13 x 20.4 x 16.1inch) size means it's also exceptionally portable compared to other 8-PCI slot , ATX PC chassis. The dual-layer design has dedicated space for up to six 3.5" drives and two 5.25" drives in total, as well as up to E-ATX motherboards, full-length (12") graphics cards and ATX power supplies, while the removeable handles and front ports offer a variety of customizations depending on users needs, giving it ample upgradeability for a huge variety of PC builds. Never miss out on using the convenient motherboard pin-outs either, as the XFrame includes two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and HD audio front panel connectors. Legit Forums