Intel DX79SI Motherboard


Intel has released two motherboard models for the new socket LGA2011 platform, the DX79SI and the DX79TO, targeted to the most high-end processor Intel offers for desktops today, the Core i7 “Sandy Bridge-E” models. Let’s take a look at the DX79SI, which comes with three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots.

To better understand the differences between the two socket LGA2011 motherboards released by Intel, we compiled the table below.      

Form Factor ATX ATX
Memory Sockets 8 8
PCI Express x16 3 (x16/x16/x8) 2 (x16/x16)
PCI Express x1 2 3
Standard PCI 1 1
SATA-300 4 4
SATA-600 2 2
eSATA-600 0 0
USB 2.0 14 14
USB 3.0 4 2
FireWire 2 0
Gigabit Ethernet 2 1
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n Yes No
Bluetooth 2.1 Yes No
Price USD 280 USD 230-250

In Figure 1, you see the Intel DX79SI motherboard.

Intel DX79SI motherboardFigure 1: Intel DX79SI motherboard

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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