Excerpt: This is the new Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 motherboard that we’ll be looking at today. Sapphire is a company that has been in this business for a while now and their products have proven to be of some of the highest quality in the industry. To start off with let’s have a look at the chipset that this board uses and go over some of its features.
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
Excerpt: While Sapphire Technology is a brand more commonly associated with graphics cards than motherboards, after having great experiences with the Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra motherboard, we accepted their offer to look at the Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 motherboard. The Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 is a motherboard for AMD Fusion "Llano" APUs and packs quite a number of features. Here's how the Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 works under Linux.
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.
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
Cons: BIOS update is definitely needed for stability, Some users may be expect a bit more from the BIOS
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 […]
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