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Sapphire PC-AM2RS790GX Pure 790GX Motherboard Review




Supports AMD Socket AM2+/AM2:
AMD Phenom FX/Phenom processors
Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron processors
AMD™ 790GX Chipset + AMD™SB750 Chipset
HyperTransport BUS:
HT 3.0
Dual-Channel DDR2 memory technology
4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM slots
Supports DDR2 1066/800 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Expansion Slots:
2 x 32-bit PCI Slots
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (X8+X8 or X16+switch card)
2 x PCI Express x1
AMD™SB750 Southbridge Chipset :
6 x Serial ATA2 3Gb/s connectors
Supports HDDs with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 functions
1 x Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66 IDE connector
Realtek  ALC888 HD Audio CODEC with 8-Channel
Ethernet LAN:
Realtek  RTL8111C PCI Express Gigabit NIC
Embedded 12 x USB 2.0/1.1
Special Features:
Advanced Power Design that supports the latest Socket-AM2 + / AM3 CPU
BIOS 7-Segment Debug LED
Support ACPI S3
ATI Hybrid graphics technology to enhance graphic performance max to 70%~80% with ATI Radeon HD2400 / HD3400 series graphics card
ATI CrossFireX technology to do H/W CrossFire by multi graphic engines
Internal Graphic core RV610 support DX10
“IMAGE IT!” System Backup Software and “ProMagicPLUS!” System Recovery System
Rear Panel I/O:
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x PS/2 mouse & keyboard port
1 x VGA port + 1 * DVI port + 1 * HDMI port
1 x RJ-45 port
1 x 8 CH HD Audio I / O port
Internal I/O:
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers for 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
CPU / Chassis Fan connectors
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x Serial Port of 9-pin block
CD / AUX Audio in
1 x Ultra DMA 133 / 100 / 66 IDE connector + 1 * Floppy connector
1 x HDMI_SPDIF header + 1 * IR header
Award 8MB SPI Flash ROM
Form Factor:
ATX Form Factor(305 x 245mm)





  • AMD Phenom™ Quad-Core Processors with True Quad-Core Technology Realize new possibilities for connecting with friends, family, and digital entertainment with the phenomenal performance of the AMD Phenom II™ and Phenom™quad-core processor. Built from the ground up for true quad-core performance, AMD Phenom™ processors speed through advanced multitasking, critical business productivity, advanced visual design and modeling, serious gaming, and visually stunning digital media and entertainment

  • AMD™ 790GX Chipset: Backbone of the Performance Platform
    AMD™ 790GX chipset based PCs feature the latest PCI-Express™ 2.0 bus technology and deliver high performance,  low latency architecture offer one of the industry’s advanced core-logic solutions with qualified performance and the latest technologies-PCI Express 2.0, secure high-speed networking, and high-performance storage—and ensures that your PC stays ready for the newest games, future applications, and next-generation PC specifications.

  • ATI CrossFireX Technology
    With two PCI-Express lanes deliver high transfer rate at each relative direction to support multi graphics engines embedded in VGA cards. With this fantastic design of ATI CrossFireX Technology to link ATI VGA cards graphics engines that will bring up wonderful multiple times of performance than single graphics engine can approached in enthusiast gaming PC.

  • ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology
    To provide better gaming performance than a single graphics card, the innovative design of ATIª Hybrid Graphics Technology is capable to bring additional performance increase up to 1.75X by enabling the power of both integrated graphics core and the add-on graphics card simultaneously

  • Hyper Transport Technology 3.0
    The highly scalable Hyper Transport 3.0 is capable to provide incredible bandwidth of the system bus up to 20.8GB/s which would dramatically elevate the efficiency of computing performance.

  • AMD New generation of 45nm AMD Socket AM3 processors
    The 45nm AM3 processors that support Hyper Transport 3.0 Bus and integrate DDR2 & DDR3 memory controller, To provide advanced visual design and modeling, serious gaming, and visually stunning digital media and entertainment.

  • GPU Clock Adjustable
    Onboard VGA can over-clocking

  • Serial ATAⅡ 3Gb/s & RAID
    This platform supports reliable storage solution for enhanced data protection and data accessing performance. Serial ATA 3Gb/s is firstly introduced in this platform to provide blazingly 3Gb/s bus bandwidth thus higher disk performance. The SATA RAID allows multi-disk designs to be set up as RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 based on users’ priority of protection/performance, and which even makes more accessible by introducing the innovative windows-based facility

  • PCI-Express Gigabit LAN
    Delivers transfer speed ten times faster than conventional 10/ 100 Ethernet connections, supporting a high transfer rate up to Gigabit/s. Gigabit LAN is the networking standards for the future and is ideal for handing large amount of data such as video, audio, and voice

  • DVI Interface
    DVI (Digital Visual Interface) provides high visual quality of digital display devices such as LCD monitors

  • OC-CON high-polymer solid electrolysis aluminum capacitors embedded
    The working temperature is from 55 degrees Centigrade below zero to 125 degrees Centigrade, OC_CON capacitors possess superior physical characteristics that can be while reducing the working temperature between 20 degrees Centigrade each time, intact extension 10 times of effective product operation lives, at not rising degrees Centigrade of working temperatures each time a relative one, life of product decline 10% only too.

  • Debug Port / The Professional Hardware Diagnosis System
    Being bugged of abnormal system failure through the tossed and turned nights no more, the embedded Hardware Debug Port offers you the real-time visual system healthy for the demanding usage of computing. No more bugging by unknown system failure and no more time wasted in the first moment of 24-hour nonstop ping business computing, the embedded Debug Port will turn you into a well training hardware professional with the seeing system situation.

  • CPU Vcore 7-Shift / Shift to the scalabilities and flexibilities
    The adjustable voltage for CPU Vcore can be upgraded in 31 stages for the precisely hardware dynamic over-clocking of demanding computing performance.


All information courtesy of Sapphiretech @ http://www.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=276&grp=6

  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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