Preview of ECS X79R-AX Intel X79 Mainboard
bluetooth 25 Oct 2011

Intel is scheduled to launch it’s new generation of processors November 2011. With the new chipset and new processor, it means a new motherboard for the larger processor with a new socket type LGA2011.

In the following pages, we will preview the upcoming board from ECS. This is the first SKU from ECS which features the Intel X79 Express Chipset. Below are pictures of the mainboard.

The Black Extreme X79R-AX is ECS’s gaming board.It supports Quad channel DDR3 memory with support of up to DDR3-2500 (OC). This board supports 4 way SLI or CrossFireX with 4 slots operating in PCIe x16 Gen3 bandwidth. (2 slots at x8 bandwidth)

X79R-AX also adds in USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps to complement the Intel X79 Express chipset. The SATA 6Gbps is suported by ASM 1061. There is also Dual GbE by Realtek RTL8111E and 8 ch audio by Realtek ALC892.

Other features of this board include 15u Gold contact, Bluetooth v2.1+ for faster dat transfer, QoolTech IV with three heat pipes that combines Thermolchromic technology with heatsinks. M.I.B X which allows users to save OC profiles in BIOS.

On board you will find Power on/off swtich, Debug LED, (4 x SATA3Gbps + 8 SATA 6Gbps)12 SATA ports on the front. On the PCB, there are also voltage measuring points.

The rear panel I/O consists of 4 USB 3.0, 6 USB 2.0, 2 eSATA 6Gbps, 1 PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse, 2 GbE, 1 WIFI dongle, 1 Bluetooth DOngle, 1 Clear CMOS button.