Sapphire Pure Platinum A75
Sapphire may be somewhat new in the motherboard business but by far this is not their first venture. The Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 motherboard exceeded our expectations from the get go. From the handsome monochromatic colour scheme to the overclocking prowess are pretty impressive. We do have to add there are a few niggles that we need to point out. The memory slots are somewhat close to the socket and today’s gargantuan heatsinks may pose a problem to memory with tall heatspreaders. An easy fix to the problem is to avoid one or both.
Adding an additional graphics card is what separates the men from the boys here as a 6xxx series GPU can run in Crossfire with the on-die GPU, which is in our opinion, groundbreaking territory and result in significant performance increases. Although mainstream users may not add an additional graphics card, the onboard GPU gives plenty of graphic performance as a standalone for light duty workloads. Don’t expect this to be a gaming rig without a discrete card, but you can create a solid gaming rig on the cheap with this platform and this Sapphire motherboard as the backbone.
The CPU, APU voltages in the BIOS read the increases and not the actual fixed voltage and the actual overclock using the HTT is not calculated in the BIOS. These are easy fixes from Sapphire and should hopefully be addressed in a BIOS update. Finally, the instructions are really not detailed as other motherboard manufacturers fancy and there are no BIOS instructions. These are not deal breakers, but hopefully Sapphire will address these easy fixes.
Retailing for about $130, the Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 is a great deal, especially considering a free copy of DiRT 3 is included as a bonus item. This board isn’t quite as robust as some other A75 offerings we’ve seen, but if you’re looking for a competent system on the cheap, it’s a great value.