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Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard Review
29 September 2013
Conclusion: Final ThoughtsYou will constantly see Sapphire products being reviewed here at eTeknix and that’s because we believe that they produce some top quality products, at least in terms of graphics cards. This was the first motherboard we’ve looked at from them so based off the Asus and Gigabyte boards we’ve looked at already, it was going to be some big boots to fill.
Pros: Great colour scheme, Good overclocking potential, Bluetooth, Mini PCI-Express, Variety of expansion slots, Great performance, Simple BIOS will be favoured by some, Functionality to CrossFire a, discrete GPU with APU
Conclusion: Now let’s wrap this up with some final thoughts on this new board from Sapphire. This particular board isn’t going to appeal to everyone but with the current economic situation it will be an option that most will probably be looking at. The enthusiast market isn’t going to very excited about this platform but they may look at purchasing something like this for a backup system.
Excerpt: Introduction Sapphire has released their A-series mainboard, using the Hudson A75 chipset. The resulting product is the A75 Pure Platinum, a full-ATX board aimed at consumers looking for a complete and full featured solution for their entertainment and gaming needs. In case you weren't sure, Sapphire is serious about being an AMD Fusion partner and is aiming to provide premium high quality products for the A and E-series APU's.
Conclusion: For what it is designed for, the Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 is a solid nice mainstream board with a little extra bling that makes it stand out among the competition. The overall design for the board is nice with a few minor issues such as the SATA port placement and the 8-pinATX power connector placement. Other than that, there is no major problem with the board’s layout.
Pros: Onboard power, reset, clear CMOS buttonLED error readoutOffers good CPU performance, Includes USB 3.0 bracket, 8+2 power phase, Low profile heatsink, Good clearance around the CPU socket
Cons: Mini PCIE may have limited usageNo UEFI GUI BIOSSATA ports get in the way of long graphics cards, No CrossFireX support, BIOS extremely inconvenient to use
Summary: Sapphire Technology may not be the most well known vendor of motherboards
(the A75 Pure Platinum, for example is their only Hudson-D3-based product at the
moment) or have the same popularity as their graphics cards at the moment, but
the Pure Platinum A75 is another great motherboard. The Pure Platinum A75 is even
more compelling than the Pure Black P67 was for Intel Sandy Bridge.
Conclusion: It makes implicit sense for Sapphire, one of AMD's staunchest supporters, to release an FM1-based motherboard complementing the nascent range of A-series APUs. The £100 PURE Platinum A75 is an enthusiast-orientated board that's solid in most respects, though a UEFI front-end for the BIOS and a second x16 mechanical PCIe slot, availing two-card CrossFireX, would definitely help broaden its appeal.
Summary: The Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 had really good overall performance. A nice overclock was achieved and everything worked as intended.
Overall, for a budget system, the Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 motherboard is an excellent choice for an AMD Llano system. In my opinion, unless someone has an absolute bottom of the barrel budget, the A75 is the way to go. There's the SATA3 connections with RAID support and USB 3.0 connectivity.
Pros: A75 Chipset, Included Bluetooth, Front Panel USB 3.0 (With included adapter), Mini PCI-E Slot, Status LEDs, Dual BIOS Switch, Internal Power/Reset Switches, LED Code/APU Temp Readout
Excerpt: With the first Sapphire motherboard we looked at, we found ourselves really impressed with it. The X58 offering we tested performed well and offered great overclocking potential. When we got the P67 offering from them it was a good board as well, but in such a competitive market we found it just didn't really stand out from the competition.
Excerpt: With the first Sapphire motherboard we looked at, we found ourselves really impressed with it. The X58 offering we tested performed well and offered great overclocking potential. When we got the P67 offering from them it was a good board as well, but in such a competitive market we found it just didn’t really stand [...