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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
When talking about Sapphire Technology on Phoronix it is usually about their vast selection of Radeon graphics cards for which they are very well known and are one of AMD's premiere AIB partners. Recently, they have also expanded to offer a limited selection of high-end AMD and Intel motherboards. Being from Sapphire, these motherboards are not some budget motherboards with nothing to separate them from its competitors, but are rather well designed and very innovative boards. As the first Sapphire motherboard being reviewed under Linux at Phoronix, we are looking at their interesting Sandy Bridge offering: the Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra.
As implied by its name, the Sapphire Pue Black P67 Hydra uses Intel's P67 chipset for supporting the latest LGA-1155 Sandy Bridge processors. There is USB 3.0, SATA 3.0, and four PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, among many other features. There's also the Lucidlogix Hydra LT24102 chipset.