Sapphire PI-AM2RS780G Reviewajmatson - July 8, 2008
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Of the 780G motherboards we have tested at OCC, the Sapphire PI-AMRS780G's performance falls somewhere in the middle - posting strong scores in some benchmarks, and relatively weak scores in others. When paired with a discrete video card, the Sapphire motherboard's IGP in Hybrid CrossFire mode definitely boosts graphics performance, which makes it an ideal candidate for an HTPC or a family computer that will sometimes be used for casual gaming at low resolutions. For hard-core gamers, even pairing this motherboard with a powerful discrete video card will not help you break any 3DMark records. The debug LED is a nice touch - especially for people who constantly change hardware - because you will not have to guess what the problem is if you have any troubles. Another great feature of the Sapphire mainboard is the POST screen; being an enthusiast, I love being able to check system temps, voltages, and fan speeds on startup.
Since this board is geared towards the mainstream user for video, pictures and other media, an HDMI port or adapter should have been included; also, there are no PCI-E x1 slots, which will limit expansion possibilities. Other than a few limitations, if you are in the market for a motherboard with good features at a reasonable price, you should take a look at the Sapphire PI-AM2RS780G mainboard.
- Debug LED
- Temperature display during POST
- No HDMI or HDMI adapter
- No PCI-E x1 slot