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Sapphire PC-AM2RS790GX Pure 790GX Motherboard Review

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With the release of the latest line of Phenom II series processors, we have seen a large influx of 790GX based boards that support the newer chips, from well known manufacturers, such as Gigabyte and more. However, a company with a great background of graphics cards is once again taking a plunge at manufacturing a competitive gaming board with a wealth of features and solid performance. Sapphire, one of the major manufacturers of ATI-based graphics cards, sent us its newest motherboard based on the AMD 790GX chipset. This chipset is designed to support both the latest AMD Phenom II AM2+ and AM3 processors with DDR2 support up to 1066MHz. Sapphire takes the base features of the chipset and adds on what it feels gamers and enthusiasts are looking for in a competitive motherboard.


Closer Look:

The Sapphire 790GX comes packaged in a green and black box, which Sapphire has chosen for its motherboards. As with its other motherboard boxes, this one also has several logos of features and products supported by the Sapphire 790GX motherboard. On the rear of the box, Sapphire lists some of the important features of the motherboard and has a full view of the board showing you the layout and design.





Once you get the box open, you can see the accessories and the motherboard. Along with the Sapphire Pure 790GX motherboard is the manual, driver CD, a 4-pin molex to SATA power adapter, an IDE cable, two SATA cables, the I/O shield plate, and the switch card for the graphics card to enable x16 for the BUS.



Now that everything is unboxed let's take a better look at how Sapphire designed the motherboard.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Closer Look (The BIOS continued)
  5. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing (Apophysis, WinRAR)
  9. Testing (Specview 10, 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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