Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review :: Pure CrossFire Layout

04-21-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review Xpress 3200

Xpress 3200

Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review Power and Reset buttons

Power and Reset buttons


The CPU Socket area is clean and pretty nicely laid out. You can install a large after-market heat sink if you wish or water-cooling. The Xpress 3200 chip is cooled by a passive heat sink. The Voltage regulator system has a heat sink, unique in the industry. The South Bridge has another heat sink, keeping the various bridges very cool in operation.


Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review 8-pin power

8-pin power

Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review EZ Plug

EZ Plug

Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review CPU Socket area

CPU Socket area


The positioning of the 24-pin ATX power connector is on the bottom of the board, near the IDE connector, an excellent location. Sapphire includes a 8-pin power connector on the top of the board next to the PS/2 ports, and clear of obstructions. There are two headers for extra USB ports on the board, bringing the maximum available to 8 with brackets.