Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

04-21-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review

In terms of features, the PC-A9RD580 motherboard from Sapphire is in a decent position, due to the inclusion of Crossfire support, 8 SATA ports, and generally high performance for the AMD Athlon 64 platform. This Crossfire platform motherboard is stable, fast, overclocks well, and has an excellent layout to boot, all good qualities for the enthusiast user. The board has excellent looks as its PCB is a sort of cream colored white that looks cool especially with blue light hitting it.

Where Sapphire falls short is in the inclusion of only one PCI Express X1 and 1 PCI slot. Any expansion beyond one device on the board for a Creative Labs X-Fi or an external storage device requires another motherboard if the board is operating in Crossfire mode. The hardware bundle is rather light, making full use of the supported SATA ports unavailable right out of the box and needing additional purchases by the buyer of the motherboard for additional cables as needed. The board has its good points and a few bad ones, if you can live with the meager package and need a good solid board for your CrossFire system, the Sapphire Pure will probably treat you right. Sapphire is known for their great VGA cards, but their motherboards are not too shabby either.

What's Good

  • Excellent Packaging
  • CrossFire Works Excellent
  • Good Overclocking Options
  • Good Looking PCB

What's Not

  • Meager Bundle
  • Meager Expansion Slots