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Sapphire PI-AM3RS785G 785G Chipset Motherboard Review

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When it comes to the Sapphire Pure 785G motherboard, I have mixed feelings. When I reviewed its 790GX-based board earlier this year, I felt Sapphire made great improvements in most of the areas that count on motherboards. However, with this board, I feel like the company took a step back. Sure the board runs decent when plugged in at stock speeds, but it is still lagging when compared to another mainstream 785G-based motherboard. When it came to overclocking, there was not much there. Using a Phenom II X4 965, I was barely able to squeeze 300MHz more out of it without the system locking up. The little bit I did get did not make a huge increase in overall performance for the added stress to the system. I was also not happy with only two memory slots on the board and no PCI Express X1 or X4 slots, since this is geared towards gaming and media, which can use the slots for increased memory and expansion cards. The integrated video is a huge bonus for applications when a more powerful card is not needed, which saves on the cost of the components for the computer. When you take into account the bottom line, if you are wanting the bare bones for a workstation build, this board would suit your needs. However, if you are looking for expansion and getting the most out of your money by overclocking, your money might be better suited on a more powerful board.



  • HD 4200 integrated video
  • Inexpensive chipset
  • Ample expansion available



  • Only two memory slots
  • Low overclocking headroom
  • No PCI Express X1 or X4 slots
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