Foxconn Quantum Force X79 (LGA 2011) Motherboard Pictured Once Again
Foxconn’s Flagship X79 based Quantum Force Motherboard has been Pictured Once again, The motherboard which will support Intel’s new Sandy Bridge-E Processors has been updated with a new layout and would release in early Q4 2011 as soon as Intel ships its Sandy Bridge-E Processors.
Still in Engineering Phase, The Motherboard has had a few new updates in its layout when compared to the older design we reported during the Computex 2011 event here. First change you might notice is the arrangement of expansion slots which are now arranged as PCIe x16 (electrical x16/x8), PCIe x4, PCIe x16 (electrical x8), PCIe x16 (electical x16/x8), legacy PCI, and PCIe x16 (electrical x8) (Top – Bottom).
The older design also didn’t include a heatsink over the Platform Controller Hub X79 Chipset but the latest comes with a mid sized heatsink equipped on the Re-Designed PCH layout. The board is shown to feature 14 Sata ports however it is expected that SAS (serial-attached SCSI) ports will be removed which will leave only 8 Sata 3 Ports left behind. The O.C Buttons, Diagnostic LED, Power, Reset buttons are still there.
The motherboard being a top tier board also features a strong 14 Phase VRM featuring DirectFET MOSFETs and I2C-capable VRM controller. The VRM Phase Heatsink would be included in the final design, The board features 4 DIMM Slots for Quad Channel Memory Support. Pricing has not been revealed yet.