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Intel® X79 Express Chipset

Get the most out of your gaming and digital media content creation experience with Intel® X79 Express chipset and Intel® Core™ i7 processor based PCs. The unlocked processor in the LGA 2011 socket allow a customized performance experience of the platform by changing the processor core multipliers and DDR3 memory ratios. The Intel® X79 Express chipset delivers maximum processing power and premium digital surround sound exactly through a combination of smart features, giving extreme gamers and demanding enthusiasts exactly what they need.

Intel® X79 Express chipset

Chipset diagram

Features and benefits
Support for 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor family in LGA 2011 socket Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processor family in LGA 2011 socket only.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
enterprise 3.0
With additional Solid State Drives or Hard Disk Drives added, provides quicker access to digital photo, video and data files with RAID 0, 5 and 10, and greater data protection against a drive failure with RAID 1, 5, 10.
Intel® Identity Protection Technology Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT) provides a simple way for websites and organizations to validate that a user is logging in from a trusted PC, protecting your account against remote takeover even if your username and password have been phished.
PCI Express* 2.0 Interface Offers up to 5 GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking with up to 8 PCI Express 2.0 x1 ports, configurable as 2 x1s and 1 x4 depending on motherboard designs.
Intel® High Definition Audio Integrated audio support enables premium digital surround sound and delivers advanced features such
as multiple audio streams and jack re-tasking.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) Hi-speed USB 2.0 provides greater enhancement in performance with a design data rate of up to
480 megabits per second (Mbps) with up to 14 USB 2.0 ports.
Serial ATA (SATA) 6 Gb/s Next-generation high-speed storage interface supporting up to 6 Gb/s transfer rates for optimal data
access with up to 2 SATA ports.
Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s High-speed storage interface supporting up to 4 SATA ports.
eSATA SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. It provides a link for 3 Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.
SATA Port Disable Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports.
USB Port Disable Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports.
Intel® Integrated 10/100/1000 MAC Support for the Intel® Gigabit Network Connection.
Green Technology Manufactured with lead-free and halogen-free component packages.

Additional information: 1, 2, 3,

Product and Performance Information


1. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) requires the computer have an Intel® RST-enabled Intel chipset, RAID controller in the BIOS enabled and the Intel Rapid Storage Technology software driver installed. Please consult your system vendor for more information.

2. No system can provide absolute security under all conditions. Requires an enabled chipset, BIOS, firmware, and software with data encryption, and service activation with a capable service provider. Consult your system manufacturer and service provider for availability and functionality. Service may not be available in all countries. Intel assumes no liability for lost or stolen data and/or systems or any other damages resulting thereof. For more information, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/anti-theft/anti-theft-general-technology.html.

3. Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) requires a system with an appropriate Intel® chipset and a motherboard with an appropriate codec and the necessary drivers installed. System sound quality will vary depending on actual implementation, controller, codec, drivers, and speakers. For more information about Intel® HD Audio, refer to www.intel.com/design/chipsets/hdaudio.htm.