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Sapphire 990FX Pure Black

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Posted January 10, 2012 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards
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Introduction

Multi-tasking, multi-threading, and using computers for multiple purposes is the buzz in the real world of home and business computing today, and undoubtedly the future. AMD has invested in the development of multi-core processors, namely the first 8-core CPU named Bulldozer, and can be considered somewhat of a new start to AMD’s future direction. That said, the launch of AMD’s Bulldozer FX processors brought mixed emotions, and although Intel still retains the performance king, the AMD FX processors seem to have a place for those who don’t necessarily crave top performance at a top price.

Sapphire is well known for manufacturing quality graphics cards but has been under the radar for sometime producing rather sleek motherboards. More recently, the A75 (AMD’s Llano platform) and Z68 (Intel’s SandyBridge platform) motherboards have put Sapphire as a solid contender in the industry. Today, we have the Sapphire 990FX Pure Black for AMD’s Bulldozer FX processors. We’re very interested in what this board can do, so we’ve decided to pop in a flagship Bulldozer chip with some sub-zero cooling and see what we can accomplish.

Normally dry ice runs are associated with Tier 1 names like ASUS and Gigabyte, but we have a few surprises in store with this Sapphire board. 5GHz? Pfft, that’s easy. 6+GHz? Ok, now you’re talking.

Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, Sapphire shepherds the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years Sapphire has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products.

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