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Sapphire included their TRIXX software with the PURE Platinum A75. This software is simple when compared software included with other motherboards. But typically we complain about some of those motherboards including too much or over complicated software.  Sapphires TRIXX utility is for overclocking and monitoring, nothing else.

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In the top left corner you have the version number (1.2.2.1 in this case) and then a breakdown of the motherboard, CPU (in this case APU), and the frequency and multiplier of the CPU/APU. The TRIXX software has everything all on one page and breaks everything down by Frequency, Voltages, and Monitoring. It may be a very simple piece of software but you do have the ability to adjust any voltage needed. Actual overclocking options like memory settings, or even overclocking of the GPU side of the APU are still limited to the BIOS. I hope sapphire expands that in the future. I would also love to see an option for inexperienced users to be able to set a base overclock. This isn’t something that I would use personally, but there are a lot of enthusiasts who don’t get into overclocking but would enjoy a small bump in performance.

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The software also includes a windows gadget that can run in the corner of your screen to help you keep an eye on everything at all times. Everything is broken down into three categories and are color coded to match. Temperatures, Fans, and Voltages. In the case of our test bench the fans are running directly off of the PSU so you only see the CPU fan speed. I really like how all of the temperatures show both Fahrenheit and Celsius, it’s helpful to see what the temperature compares to in room temperature along with the standard Celsius.

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Wingless92 replied the topic: #18831 25 Aug 2011 00:52
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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