Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum Mainboard Review



Product: Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum
Company: Sapphire
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: September 26th, 2011

Introduction

Sapphire has released their A-series mainboard, using the Hudson A75 chipset. The resulting product is the A75 Pure Platinum, a full-ATX board aimed at consumers looking for a complete and full featured solution for their entertainment and gaming needs. In case you weren't sure, Sapphire is serious about being an AMD Fusion partner and is aiming to provide premium high quality products for the A and E-series APU's.

Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum

Specifications:

  • $130USD SEP
  • Socket FM1 for A-series APU's
  • Full ATX form factor (305mmx245mm)
  • 4 DDR3 DIMM sockets (max. 16GB RAM)
  • AMD A75 Fusion Controller Hub (FCH, Hudson D3)
  • DVI-D, HDMI (1.4) and DisplayPort (v1.1a) outputs [dual display capable]
  • Six USB 2.0 ports (Four rear, one dual-port internal header) + P/S 2 port
  • Four USB 3.0 ports (two read, one dual-port internal header with front/rear panel)
  • 6 SATA III ports (5 internal, 1 eSATA rear panel)
  • RAID 0/1/10 & AHCI support + IDE emulation
  • Marvell Gigabit Ethernet LAN (88E8059)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Atheros AR3011)
  • Realtek ALC892 7.1 + 2 channel HD Audio with S/PDIF header
  • 1ea PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot
  • 1ea PCI-Express 2.0 x4 slot (open ended)
  • 2ea PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot
  • 1ea Mini PCI-Express slot
  • 2ea PCI 32-bit v2.3 slots
  • Five fan headers
  • Dual BIOS with POST debug LED
  • Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset buttons
  • AMD Dual Graphics support

The comprehensive list of features allows this mainboard to be the heart of many different kinds of workstation, from business class desktop to power HTPC and occasional gamer.