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#1 Bosco

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:08 PM

Tonight Greg takes a look at Sapphire's Pure Black 990FX Motherboard.

Read his review here:

http://www.overclock...re_black_990fx/

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:28 PM

Nice price at $155.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

The last Sapphire motherboard I had was Pure garbage... at least for overclocking. Looks like they haven't changed much.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:09 PM

It really depends on the board. I have played with the X79, Z68, Z77, and 990FX. The Z77 is by far the best of the bunch. On the Intel side they have it pretty well buttoned up but the AMD side is a bit lacking. LLC and the huge voltage swings with AMD's latest architecture are the culprit.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:26 PM

Somewhat related, I love my Sapphire Hudson APU board (Pure Fusion E350) in my HTPC, sweet little number it is and with awesome features!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:41 PM

It really depends on the board. I have played with the X79, Z68, Z77, and 990FX. The Z77 is by far the best of the bunch. On the Intel side they have it pretty well buttoned up but the AMD side is a bit lacking. LLC and the huge voltage swings with AMD's latest architecture are the culprit.

Yeah, I think that's what it was. I believe I had it for overclocking one of my 1090T's. I don't think I ever got it past 3.6GHz, lol.

Somewhat related, I love my Sapphire Hudson APU board (Pure Fusion E350) in my HTPC, sweet little number it is and with awesome features!

The features are great, and I if I remember correctly, they had a lot of accessories that came with the box with the higher end boards, which is pretty cool.

Edited by El_Capitan, 05 November 2012 - 05:42 PM.


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

Yeah, I think that's what it was. I believe I had it for overclocking one of my 1090T's. I don't think I ever got it past 3.6GHz, lol.

You can probably blame that on the power consumption of AMD CPUs versus Intel chips. For any given performance level you use a lot more power AMD side. :teehee:

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

You can probably blame that on the power consumption of AMD CPUs versus Intel chips. For any given performance level you use a lot more power AMD side. :teehee:


I struggle to pull that much power with my 6 core heavily overclocked.

So its pretty impressive power draw figures, thats for sure.

Maybe AMD needs one of those motherboard with 40 phase cpu power like this one http://www.techpower...2-06-05/76a.jpg :teehee:

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:58 AM

The board isn't pure black. :P
Joke aside, I feel that only 2 USB3 at the back of the motherboard is not enough in today's standard. 4 USB3 ports at the back are minimum.
Although I like the power draw and the basic design. Overall, a good board, considering the price tag.

Edited by d6bmg, 06 November 2012 - 08:01 AM.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:00 AM

On the other hand, no manual?
Innovation is good but this type of innovation? Not wanted by anyone. :down:

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:24 AM

Yeah the no manual is strikingly odd move.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:37 AM

Yeah the no manual is strikingly odd move.

That actually mean nightmare for novice users.

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