EVGA has just released a picture of a yet-unnamed LGA 2011 motherboard that will be based on Intel's upcoming X79 chipset and that we'll be compatible with the company's future Sandy Bridge-E high-performance processors.The motherboard will carry an all-black PCB as well as black radiators and memory slots, while power will be provided by an 8-pin CPU power connector and a 24-pin power plug.
The latter is angled to ease cable management inside the case, a design that will be used in all of EVGA's future motherboards.
From the picture provided, we can also see that EVGA has changed the placement of the Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons and a company official has confirmed that the motherboard will feature “100% POSCAP” capacitors.
Other information about this board isn't available at this time, but we do know that EVGA also plans to launch a dual-socket LGA 2011 motherboard, once the Intel X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processors become official.
Much like the current SR-2, this will target primarily enthusiasts and overclockers and EVGA expects it to be used for establishing quite a few world records. Sadly, no specific details are available at this point in time.
Similarly to the P67 and the P55 released before it, the X79 features a PCH (platform controller hub) design as most of the tasks that were handled by the X58 chipset previously, such as PCI Express connectivity, were integrated inside the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs.
However, the X79 packs an impressive array of features compared with its predecessors as it now supports no less than 10 SATA 6Gbps, while the PCH is linked to the CPU via a DMI 2.0 interface as well as through an additional PCI-Express 2.0 x4 link.
The rest of the specs list includes an 8-lane PCI-Express 2.0 hub, which can be used to drive the x1 and x4 slots, as well as 14 USB 2.0 ports. Native USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt support isn't available.