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Sapphire PI-AM3RS785G 785G Chipset Motherboard Review

ajmatson    -   November 30, 2009
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Configuration:

Sapphire includes a CD filled with drivers and programs to help make your installation as smooth as possible - with options to install ATI, sound, and LAN drivers, create a RAID install disk, or enable Trend Micro's PC-Cillin security software. Let's take a look at each option more closely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATI Drivers:

This software installs the chipset and video drivers to get you up and running; just click the Install button and choose where the drivers will go. After the drivers are in place, it is recommended that you restart the computer.

 

 

 

Sound Drivers:

This option allows you to install the Realtek 6-Channel High Definition audio codecs and drivers - click Next and the installer will work its magic. After you get the sound drivers set up, another restart is recommended.

 

 

LAN Drivers:

This option installs the Marvell Miniport drivers for the Realtek 8111DL LAN chip. After the LAN software is in place, you're ready to hit the Internet - no restart is necessary.

 

 

RAID Disk:

This software will help create a floppy disk with the drivers necessary to build a RAID array, and because RAID is supported by the ATI SB710 Southbridge chip, no other hardware is needed. Just insert the disk, click on the RAID Disk button and hit Install. Once that's done, you will be able to use the disk to install the RAID drivers during the Windows installation to create the RAID array.

 

PC-Cillin:

PC-Cillin is a well known security suite from Trend Micro. This option will install a trial version of PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007 Suite on your computer. Again, this is only a trial version, but it does provide temporary malware protection right out of the box.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: 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: Excel 2007, PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  16. Testing: Dead Space
  17. Testing: Fallout 3
  18. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  19. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  20. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  21. Conclusion
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