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Sapphire Pure Black 990FX Review

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Supports AMD Socket AM3+ FX™/ AM3 Phenom™ II/ Athlon™ II/ Sempron™ 100 Series processors
AMD™ 990FX + AMD™SB950 Chipset
AMI BIOS, 16Mb Flash ROM
 Dual -BIOS
16 GB Max.
 Dual Channel 240 pins DDR3 up to 1866/1600MHz, non-ECC, Unbuffered memory
Expansion Slots
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x8 slots
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x4 slots
 9 x Serial ATA III 6Gb/s connectors
 Supports HDDs with RAID 0, 1,5,10 functions
 Supports HDDs with RAID 0, 1 functions
Realtek ALC892 HD Audio CODEC with 8-Channel
Ethernet LAN
Dual Marvell 88E8057 PCI-Express Gigabit LAN
Rear Panel I / O
8 x USB 2.0 port
2 x USB 3.0 port
1 x SPDIF Coaxial OUT
1 x Audio I / O ports
1 x SPDIF Optical Out
1 x Supporting Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR by Atheros AR3011
1 x e-SATA port
 PS/2 KB/MS combo port
 Dual RJ- 45 Gigabit LAN with ESD
Internal I / O
 4 x USB 2.0 headers
 4 pins CPU PWM Fan connectors
 3 Pin Chassis Fan connectors
 24-pin ATX Power connector
 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
 Control (Front) panel headers
 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
 2 x USB 3.0 headers
 Audio I/O (Front) header
 SPDIF out header
 Power Button
 Reset Button
 CMOS clear Button
 Dual BIOS select switch with indicator LED
Form Factor
ATX, Size 304x 244 mm
OS support
Windows 7 (32/64) bit


Special Features:

  •  Onboard diagnostic 7-Segment LED with CPU temperature display
  •  Onboard buttons include Clear CMOS, RESET and POWER
  •  Supports Windows based OC utility ‚Trixx and Win7 HW monitor gadget tool
  •  USB power charge utility
  •  Supports all USB ports under Windows 7

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Sapphire Pure Black 990FX
  3. Closer Look: The BIOS
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: PCMark 7
  7. Testing: HD Tune, AIDA 64
  8. Testing: Sisoft Sandra, x.264, Handbrake
  9. Testing: ATTO USB 3.0 Testing
  10. Testing: Gaming
  11. Conclusion
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