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Apart from being a major add-in board (AIB) partner for AMD's ATI Radeon and FirePro lines of graphics products, Sapphire is also a notable motherboard manufacturer that has been using chipsets by ATI for several generations of platforms now. Its latest offering is the DDR3-supportive Pure CrossFireX 790GX AM3 motherboard. It has been spotted at a Japanese store, where it was priced at 18,980 JPY (around 192.5 USD).

Based on the AMD 790GX + SB750 chipset, the motherboard features an AM3 CPU socket. Four DDR3 DIMMs provide support for up to 16 GB of DDR3 memory. A 5+1 phase CPU power circuit is present. Heatpipe based cooling spreads heat between the northbridge and VRM heatsinks. The southbridge gets its own small heatsink. Two PCI-Express x16 slots are provided, which arrange as electrically x8, x8 when both are populated. The motherboard lacks onboard lane switching logic, and relies on a switch card that has to be installed on the second PCI-E x16, for the first one to provide all its 16 lanes to the installed graphics card. The motherboard features a Radeon HD 3300 class IGP with dedicated 128 MB of DDR3 sideport memory. Audio-routed HDMI, DVI and D-Sub connectors are provided onboard.


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Doesn't "pure" crossfire mean that it supports x16/x16 instead of x8/x8? Other than that, nice board!
 

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Doesn't "pure" crossfire mean that it supports x16/x16 instead of x8/x8? Other than that, nice board!
It's a 790GX, so it operates at 8x/8x.
 

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correct me if i'm wrong but wouldn't the switch card block the slot by occupying it, and prevent the second card from being a video card?
 

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correct me if i'm wrong but wouldn't the switch card block the slot by occupying it, and prevent the second card from being a video card?
From what I understand, you use the switch card if you want to run a single card with full 16x bandwidth. Otherwise you will only get 8x bandwidth even with only 1 video card installed.
 

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correct me if i'm wrong but wouldn't the switch card block the slot by occupying it, and prevent the second card from being a video card?
The switch card acts as a dummy card for a single card use, if you want to use two cards you remove the switch card. Asus crossfire socket 939 boards used this same card.
 

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This a PURE Crossfire board so it does 16x/16x CFX.

Also, it is a rebranded HA07-GT.

Which is ok.

Besides, I never see Sapphire boards on US shelves. I do see Jetway alot though.
 

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This a PURE Crossfire board so it does 16x/16x CFX.

Also, it is a rebranded HA07-GT.

Which is ok.

Besides, I never see Sapphire boards on US shelves. I do see Jetway alot though.
Except for that in the quoted section above it says 8x8 and not 16x16....

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Based on the AMD 790GX + SB750 chipset, the motherboard features an AM3 CPU socket. Four DDR3 DIMMs provide support for up to 16 GB of DDR3 memory. A 5+1 phase CPU power circuit is present. Heatpipe based cooling spreads heat between the northbridge and VRM heatsinks. The southbridge gets its own small heatsink. Two PCI-Express x16 slots are provided, which arrange as electrically x8, x8 when both are populated.
This mobo is called 'Pure' for no reason. It's just like every other 790GX.
 

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Except for that in the quoted section above it says 8x8 and not 16x16....

This mobo is called 'Pure' for no reason. It's just like every other 790GX.
I'm guessing its a typo, because that was the original denotation of a "Pure" board.
 

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There´s some mixed specs on this board.

On Sapphire´s site it does not included the 128 DDR3 side port memory in the specs.


http://www.sapphiretech.com/uk/produ...gpid=276&grp=6

It has a DDR2 , DDR 3 controller on board, so it looks like it will take both ?

Does anyone have the Jetway version, or this Sapphire board ?

I´m looking at it right now to buy . It will be in the shop here on the 18th.

So any opinions or advice is most appreciated.
 

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Except for that in the quoted section above it says 8x8 and not 16x16....

This mobo is called 'Pure' for no reason. It's just like every other 790GX.

You people do know that "pure" is a brand name of Sapphire's right ?

Pure is just like Republic of Gamers, FTW and vvTF versions of things
 

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Originally Posted by mr soft View Post
There´s some mixed specs on this board.

On Sapphire´s site it does not included the 128 DDR3 side port memory in the specs.


http://www.sapphiretech.com/uk/produ...gpid=276&grp=6

It has a DDR2 , DDR 3 controller on board, so it looks like it will take both ?

Does anyone have the Jetway version, or this Sapphire board ?

I´m looking at it right now to buy . It will be in the shop here on the 18th.

So any opinions or advice is most appreciated.
I do have the Jetway HA-07 Ultra boad. Its a very stable board and it looks nice. I love the cpu temp LED display on the board, since most software doesn't report the core temp properly (always 10C below the actual). Right now, I oc'ed my x3 720 to 3.7 @1.5v. Load temp is 43C.
 
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