|CPU supported||Intel Core i7
|Socket supported||LGA 2011|
|Release date(s)||November 14, 2011|
The Intel X79 (codenamed Patsburg) is an Intel Platform Controller Hub (PCH). It is designed to connect an Intel processor through a DMI 2.0 interface to peripheral devices. It supports the Core i7 processors.
- 2× Serial ATA (SATA) 3.0 (6Gbit/s) ports & 4x SATA 2 (3Gbit/s) ports.
- PCI Express 40 lanes 2.0 [Officials Intel information sheet](and depending on the motherboard brand and model it can afford a PCI-e 3.0* connection supported by a third party motherboard manufacturer e.g ASUS SABERTOOTH X79)
- 14 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports
- Integrated Gigabit Ethernet MAC (Lewisville PHY)
- Optional Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0
- SATA RAID support (0/1/10/5)
- Write journaling
- 100 MHz BCLK
- Supports processor, memory and chipset overclocking
- Supports Intel Extreme Tuning Utility 3.0 (XTU)
- 8-layer printed circuit board (PCB), 2 oz copper recommended
(*)To ensure the full support for PCI Express Revision 3 Hardware specifications, make sure you follow the Hardware manufacturer help guides when regarding on installation of new drivers or patches for those drives (e.g Nvidia Graphics Cards have to be activated with a patch which enables the full support for PCI-e 3.0, look for the similar product on AMD).
Partial support for Windows XP
The X79 chipset does not support installing Windows XP in AHCI mode for Intel's Serial ATA controllers as Intel won't release AHCI drivers for 32-bit Windows XP. Windows XP can be installed in IDE mode but without SATA features enabled. For users that dual boot Windows XP with another operating system installed in AHCI mode, this means changing to IDE mode every time to boot into Windows XP or install the other OS also in IDE mode. For X79 motherboards with third party SATA disk controllers, Windows XP AHCI drivers may still be supported by the disk controller vendor.
- "Intel's latest X79 Chipset". gamerzrepublic.com. May 25, 2010.
- "Intel Refreshes Ultimate Enthusiast Processor Lineup with Six-Core Offerings". News release (Intel). November 14, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- "Intel® X79 Express Chipset". official product information. Intel. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
- Intel X79 SATA AHCI RAID Mode Notice
- Official Release Date and Ivy Bridge vs Sandy Bridge Benchmarks Revealed — by Lenzfire.com
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