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Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum Review


Closer Look:

As with all motherboards, once you've got your hardware installed you'll want to install the drivers. Inserting the Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum's driver CD will bring up a menu that will give you a few options. These include an option to install drivers, install Sapphire TRIXX, install the Raid manager, install floppy drivers, read the manual, or download Sapphire wallpapers. We'll be interested in the drivers and TRIXX options. Clicking on the driver option will bring us to another menu. Here you'll be able to individually choose which driver you want to install. Unfortunately, there is not an option to automatically install all drivers, like we see on many other motherboards. However, individually installing four drivers really isn't that big of a deal.



















Once you've installed all the drivers you'll want to play around with the included utilities. in the Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum's case we'll be using the TRIXX overclocking utility. This software will allow us to increase the CPU frequency, as well as all the necessary voltages to do some nice in-OS overclocking. If you intend to overclock your hardware, you'll probably be doing so in the BIOS; however, the TRIXX utility can be fairly useful if you want to fine tune your overclock on the fly. Also included with the Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum was a temperature, fan, and voltage monitor. Programs like this can always be extremely useful; however, I was getting weird readings while using the Pure Platinum. At stock settings the board was reporting temperatures at 225C,which leads me to believe my hardware has a faulty temperature sensor.


Now that everything is installed, let's go through the BIOS!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look: Included Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  10. Testing: ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  11. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  12. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Conclusion
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