Summary: At a price point of $179.00, the Sapphire Pure Black 990FX falls into the Mainstream category for motherboards.
At stock speeds, overall performance of the Sapphire Pure Black 990FX was excellent in every aspect. OC performance was also very good on the hardware side. However, a stable OC was more difficult to achieve than on many other boards, and included utilities lacked the power for easy or effective tweaking using software methods.
Pros: Excellent Layout of Commonly Used Components, Excellent Build Quality, Excellent Heatsink Cooling on All Major Components, Nine SATA III Connectors, Dual Gigabit LAN, Dual BIOS, Excellent Performance, Extremely Stable, Onboard Bluetooth, 7.1 Surround Sound With Digital Out, Included USB 3.0 Adapter Fits In 3.5" Drive Space
Cons: Excessive V-Droop Neccessitates Higher Voltages for OC, No Load Line Calibration Adjustment, Voltage Sensor Highly Inaccurate With Included and Aftermarket Software, Included Bundle and Documentation Should Be More Complete, Included TRIXX Software Is Not Black Edition Ready, Placement of Voltage Reading Ports Leaves Them Basically Unusable, No Profiles Available In BIOS For One Click Profile Changes
Excerpt: Today we are looking at the latest motherboard from Sapphire to support AMD’s new FX family of processors, with backwards compatibility for the previous generation AM3 CPUs. The Sapphire Pure Black 990FX is a full sized ATX board targeting the high end AMD enthusiast audience. This is also the first board from the company to feature the latest QBIOS, an easy to use Dual UEFI bios with comprehensive support for overclocking.
Sapphire Pure Black 990FX: socket AM3+ con 6 slot 16x
17 April 2012
Excerpt: Sapphire propone la propria interpretazione di scheda madre socket AM3+ destinata all'abbinamento con processori AMD della serie FX. Sono ben 6 gli slot PCI Express 16x presenti sulla scheda ma manca la certificazione alla tecnologia SLI, essendo stata preferita quella concorrente CrossFire di AMD