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Sapphire PC-AM2RS790GX Pure 790GX Motherboard Review


Closer Look:

To install the drivers and additional programs for the Sapphire Pure 790GX motherboard, all you have to do is place the CD into the drive and the auto-start program will start up for you. There is a menu system that starts up, which allows you to select what you want to install. The options you have are to install the ATI chipset, sound or LAN drivers, create RAID disks, install an antivirus program, install a hardware monitor, install AMD Overdrive overclocking utility, or browse the CD.










To install the chipset drivers you have to install the Catalyst Control Center, which in turn will install the correct drivers needed to run the motherboard. Just follow the prompts and the Control Center will do the rest. When the installer is complete, you have to reset the computer for the installation to complete.




There are several programs that come with the motherboard to help you get the most out of your new system. The antivirus program is the Trend Micro Internet Security program, which protects your new computer from attacks. There is also the MyGuard program that allows you to monitor your systems speeds, temperatures, voltages and even fan speeds. The overclocking utility that is provided is the AMD Overdrive Utility, which makes overclocking your system simple and effective. Finally, you have the option to manually navigate the CD.




Now that everything is installed and configured, the testing can begin.

  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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