As promised, Walton-Chaintech made a comeback to the PC motherboard and graphics card markets, by partnering with Colorful. The duo launched a full-fledged lineup of motherboards across various sockets (including LGA1155, AM3+, FM2), and graphics cards. Leading the lineup on the motherboard front are the Z77 X5 and X990FX X7.
Based on the Intel Z77 chipset, supporting the Core "Ivy Bridge" and "Sandy Bridge" processors, the Z77 X5 makes use of the entire feature-set of the platform. The LGA1155 socket is powered by a 8-phase VRM with special branding "Smart Power Engine 3," which gives user. fine control over the VRM via BIOS. Expansion slots include two each of PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (red, x8/x8, when both are populated), PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and legacy PCI. AMD CrossFireX is the only multi-GPU technology supported. 8-channel HD audio, 802.11 b/g/n, gigabit Ethernet, 2x SATA 6 Gb/s + 4x SATA 3 Gb/s, are among its features.
The X990FX X7, on the other hand, is based on the AMD 990FX + SB950 chipset, supporting FX "Zambezi" in AM3+, and Phenom II, and Athlon II processors in the AM3 package. It uses a sturdy 8-phase VRM for the processor. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x16/x4/x16), AMD CrossFireX is supported. Notable features include six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and four USB 3.0 ports. The Z77 X5 and X990FX X7 will target sub-$200 price points.
Data Source: TECHPOWERUP 5 June 2012