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Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum Review

tacohunter52    -   October 13, 2011
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Closer Look:

The BIOS

Here at OCC, most, if not all, of our members love to overclock. This means that they'll be spending a lot of time messing around in their motherboard's BIOS. For this reason we'll be taking a look at the Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum's BIOS. Despite the growing popularity of EFI BIOS, the Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum is still utilizing good old AMI BIOS. The first page you'll see is the good old main menu. Here you'll be able to view some system information, as well as change the system date and time. The next menu is where the overclocking will take place, the Performance menu. At a first glance this looks very empty compared to other motherb, but everything you need is there. You'll be able to adjust the CPU multiplier, as well as change the CPU frequency. You'll also be able to adjust memory timings and hardware voltages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is the Advanced tab. Here you'll be able to adjust USB settings, IDE settings, CPU settings, as well as manage settings for other onboard devices. The Advanced tab is also the home to the hardware monitor, which will display important temperatures and voltage information.

 

 

After the Advanced tab we will move to the Chipset tab. Here you'll be able to adjust settings for both the north and south bridge. In other words, you'll be able to adjust memory and SATA settings. The Chipset tab is followed by the Boot tab, which will let you adjust system boot settings, such as the system boot order.

 

 

 

The remaining two tabs are Security and Save and Exit. The Security tab will allow you to set a BIOS password, and the Save and Exit tab will let you... Save and Exit! You'll also be able to restore BIOS defaults and change the boot device order. One thing I noticed while playing with the Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum's BIOS is that I actually needed to save and exit from the Save and Exit tab. Pressing F10, like on any other motherboard, did not do anything, which could get a little annoying.

 

 

Now that we've seen the BIOS, let's get to the benching!




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look: Included Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  10. Testing: ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  11. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  12. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Conclusion
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