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Sapphire PI-AM2RS780G Review

ajmatson    -   July 8, 2008
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Specifications:

 

CPU
Socket AM2+ HTT 2000 MHz AMD® Athlon™64 With HyperTransport Technology, Compatible with 64-bit Dual Core AMD® Athlon™64 X2 Processor and AMD Phenom
Chipset
North Bridge: AMD 780G and South Bridge: AMD SB700
Memory
4 x 240-pin DIMM Sockets for unbuffered Dual DDR2 800Mhz SDRAM (up to 8 GB)
Audio
Realtek ALC883 8 Channel HD Audio
Ethernet LAN
Realtek 8111C chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
2 x 32-bit PCI Slots / 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot
Storage
2 x Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66 IDE Device Support
Embedded AMD SB700 Southbridge Chipset Supports 6 x Serial ATA2 HDDs with RAID 0, 1 , 10 Functions
USB
Embedded 10 x High Speed USB @ 480 Mbit/s
Special Features
Advanced 4+1 Power Design that supports the latest K8/K10 CPU and HT3.0
BIOS Debug LED Display
Hybrid CrossFire. Ability to combine the features or raw horsepower of both your on board graphics and those of any Hybrid CrossFire compatible PCI-E add in board.
ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Internal Graphic core fully supports DX10
HDMI (Audio and Video) function supported by adaptor connected to DVI port
Support for ACPI S3 (Standby) function
“IMAGE IT!” System Backup Software and “ProMagicPLUS!” System Recovery Tool
Rear Panel I/O
4 x High Speed USB Connectors @ 480 Mbit/s
1 x PS/2 Mouse & 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Connector
1 x VGA D-Sub 15-pin Connector & 1 x DVI-D Connector
1 X RJ-45 LAN Connector
1 x 8 Channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O
3 x High Speed USB Connectors @ 480 Mbit/s for 6 USB 2.0 Ports
CPU / Chassis Fan Connectors
1 x 12V 8-pin ATX Power Connector and 1 x 24-pin ATX Power Connector
1 x Serial Port 9-pin Header Block
1 x Parallel Port 25-Pin Header Block
CD / AUX Audio in Connectors
1 x Floppy Connector
BIOS
Award 8 MB SPI Flash ROM
Form Factor
mATX Form Factor 245 X 220 mm

 

 

 Features:

  • Socket AM2 64-bit AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor with HyperTransport™ Technology
    AMD64, a revolutionary technology allowing the processor to run 32-bit applications at full speed while enabling a new generation of powerful 64-bit software applications. HyperTransport™ technology can increase overall system performance by removing I/O bottlenecks, increasing system bandwidth, and reducing system latency.

  • AMD 780G Chipset: Backbone of Hybrid CrossFire Technology Performance Platform
    AMD 780G chipset based PCs feature the latest PCI-Express™ 2.0 bus technology and deliver high performance support for AMD’s new Hybrid CrossFire™, allowing the combination of features or raw horse power from both the on board graphics and compatible add in PCI-E graphics boards, for the ultimate High-Def entertainment experience. Low latency architecture coupled with one of the industry’s most advanced core-logic solutions deliver qualified performance and the latest technologies - PCI-Express 2.0, secure high-speed networking, high-performance storage - and ensures that your PC stays ready for the latest games, future applications and next-generation PC specifications

  • AMD SB700 Southbridge Chipset
    AMD SB700 Southbridge offers the most advanced technologies and superior performance compared to any other chipset platform solution for AMD desktop applications. With superior performance and broad-based connectivity, SB700 is rich in all the latest advanced features such as support for 10 x USB 2.0 ports and 8 Channel HD Audio. Designed for the fastest Windows Vista experience, it features new disk controller technologies that ensure fast file access while providing encryption for data security. AMD SB700 is designed with advanced power management allowing for low power consumption and energy efficient platforms.

  • Pro Magic Plus System Recovery Software Embedded
    Restore important data immediately, allowing your system to be operated in a safer environment. This amazing software allows you to restore the data to the same state as any specific time point you wish. Moreover, it combines several other functions such as anti-virus, backup software, uninstall software, multi-boot manager etc. to completely satisfy your system protection needs. Worry no more about new viruses or system failure!

  • Debug Port: The Professional Hardware Diagnosis System
    The embedded Hardware Debug Port offers you a real-time visual health check for your system. No more being driven crazy by unknown system failures and no more time wasted in the diagnosis of failure. The embedded Debug Port will help you to focus your attention exactly where it's needed, therefore minimizing downtime for your system.

  • CPU Vcore 7-Shift
    The CPU core voltage is adjustable in 13 steps for precise control of hardware over-clocking, maximizing computer performance.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look ( The Motherboard )
  3. Configuration ( Drivers & Programs )
  4. Closer Look ( The Bios )
  5. Closer Look ( The Bios Continued )
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  9. Testing: Specview 10
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: Bioshock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World In Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06
  20. Conclusion
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