frontIt has only been a few weeks since AMD introduced their Llano APU and things are finally starting to come together. Today Sapphire is joining the mix with an addition from their Pure line, the Pure Platinum A75. Sapphire has had a big push to become a name to be reckoned with in the motherboard market and their Pure line has thus far done a good job. Paired up with an AMD A8-3800, today we will be taking a look at both Sapphires new board and the A-Series platform as a whole.

Product Name: Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 & AMD A8-3800

Review Sample Provided by: Sapphire 

Review by: Wes and Adam 

Pictures by: Wes 


Specifications

Motherboard

sapphireplatinuma75_18

Chipset

AMD A75 (Hudson-D3)

Memory

Dual channel, total 4 DIMMs 32 GB, DDR3 1866 Mhz

Display output

DVI, 1920x1600 @60Hz

HDMI, 1.4a 1920x1080, 1080i @60Hz

DO 1.1a 2560x1600 @60

Supports Microsoft DirectX 11, UVD3

Hardware Decode Acceleration for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2

Hard Disk

5 ports SATA 6G, AHCI; one at rear for E-SATA support

On-Board LAN

Single 10/100/1000 LAN

Interface

1 PCI-E x16  slot, 1 PCI-E x4, 2 PCI-E x1,  1 mini-PCI-E x1, 2 PCI 2.3 slots.

4 USB 3.0 ports (2 on rear) and 8 USB 2.0 ports (4 on rear)

7.1 HD Audio

E-SATA (rear I/O)

Integrated Bluetooth module

DVI, HDMI and DP output

Dimensions

12” x 9.6”

Included

I/O shield, CD, Manual, 4 SATA cables, USB 3.0 front panel bezel

OS Support

Windows 7

Color

Black PCB


APU

sapphireplatinuma75_32

AMD A-Series APU Desktop SKU Information

Model

AMD Radeon Graphics Brand

TDP

Core

CPU Clock

(Base/Turbo CORE)

L2 Cache

Max DDR3

PKG

AMD Turbo CORE

A8-3850

HD 6550D

100W

4

2.9 GHz

4MB

1866

FM1

No

A6-3650

HD 6530D

100W

4

2.6 GHz

4MB

1866

FM1

No

A8-3800

HD 6550D

65W

4

2.4/2.7 GHz

4MB

1866

FM1

Yes

A6-3600

HD 6530D

65W

4

2.1/2.4 GHz

4MB

1866

FM1

Yes


Graphics Capability’s

A8

A6

Discrete-Class GPU

AMD Radeon HD 6550D

AMD Radeon HD 6530D

Radeon Cores

400

320

SIMDs

5

4

Texture Units

20

16

Render Back Ends

2

2

Z/Stencil ROPs

32

32

Color ROPs

8

8

CPU Clock Speed

600 MHz

443 MHz

GPU Peak Compute

480 GFLOPS

284 GFLOPS

Posted: 3 years 3 months ago by Wingless92 #18831
Wingless92's Avatar
The board seems kind of low end, that's not a bad thing but your not going to build a monster rig with this thing.

Kinda sucks about no UEFI BIOS either

I am starting to come around more on Sapphire products though. They seem to right up there with other manufactures.

Still kinda sad that the new AMD still can't touch Intel though. I would like to see them neck and neck.

Great review though, you two always do a fantastic job with the write ups and the pictures.

Why would they only do 1 PCIE bus though?

 

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