Today I would like to show you what ECS has up its sleeves for the Intel X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processors. They are still one of the brands that truly does focus on both the consumer market and business market with their products. Since most of us do not need to buy 100 motherboards at once, most of us will be interested in their consumer market gaming series, the X79R-AX Black Extreme and Deluxe.

Both of these boards have four PCIe 3.0 slots to support up to 4-way SLI or Crossfire. Both boards have the BIOS programming to support up to 64GB of RAM up to 2500 MHz (via overclock), but come with 4 DIMM slots for physically support up to 32 GB of RAM (at current density) which is more than enough for even a small business server. The ECS X79R-AX Black Extreme has a few bonuses including 12 SATA ports instead of 10, dual GIGABYTE Ethernet, wireless LAN, Bluetooth, and two eSATA ports. As usually, ECS has built solid, well designed no-nonsense boards with a focus on substance over style.

Final pricing and availability were not available as of the posting of this release, but I’m sure they will be launching with the rest of the pack very soon. The full press release from ECS is below.

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Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world’s leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system, notebook and mobile device manufacturer presents two king-level motherboards to join ECS Black Series as the best gaming station of next generation based on Intel® X79 chipset supporting LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E processors—X79R-AX Black Extreme and X79R-AX Black Deluxe.

ECS Black X79 Series unleashes the extreme power of Intel® Sandy Bridge-E processors and breaks the limitation of your desktop computer to a height you could never dream of. ECS Black X79 Series is equipped with four PCIe Gen 3 x16 slots for 4-way GPUs supporting NVIDIA® SLI® and AMD CrossFireXTM graphics cards to construct an invincible gaming station. Also, ECS Black X79 Series supports quad-channel memory up to 64GB providing off-the-chart task processing speeds; the memory frequency support could also overclock to 2500MHz which is over 87% more than the traditional 1333MHz memory frequency.

ECS Black X79 Series maintains the elegant black/white design with high quality all solid capacitors, DriverMosfet, up to 14-phase power to ensure the power stability and safety of your computer. ECS X79R-AX Black Extreme also adopts exclusively QoolTechTM IV which indicates heat sink temperatures by changing color to smartly prevent your computer from over-heating; meanwhile, ECS X79R-AX Black Extreme has one more label indicating the exact graduation of temperature over the PCH heat sink.

Besides designing under Intel X79 chipset specification, ECS has equipped with additional IC controllers to support more friendly functions. ECS X79R-AX Black Extreme has: Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s, up to 12 SATA (8 x 6Gb/s + 4 x 3Gb/s) ports and Dual Gigabit LAN enhancing your computer with stronger Internet connectivity functions and the expansion ability to build up a dream multi-task computer station.

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