Monday, May 10th 2010

Sapphire Readies Pure CrossfireX 890GX Motherboard

Sapphire is back to its vocation of being a motherboard vendor, the popular ATI Radeon board partner designed a new socket AM3 motherboard based on the new AMD 890GX + SB850 chipset, dubbed the Sapphire Pure CrossfireX 890GX. The board is built on the ATX form-factor, though comes with only four expansion slots spaced out. The AM3 CPU is powered by a 10-phase VRM, it is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory. The AMD 890GX northbridge is cooled by a large heatsink which shares its heat with one of the VRM heatsinks. The ATI Radeon HD 4290 IGP is assisted by 128 MB of SidePort memory apart from sharing the system memory.

Out of the four expansion slots, two are PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8 when both are populated) with some sort of manual PCI-E lane switching, and one each of PCI-E x1 and PCI. The SB850 southbridge gives out six SATA 6 Gb/s internal ports, while an additional controller provides an IDE connector (for two IDE devices). The eSATA port is driven by manually connecting it with one of the internal ports. Connectivity includes 8 channel audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF, USB 3.0, and display connectivity, which includes DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI with 7.1 channel audio. Available soon, Sapphire is yet to disclose its price.
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29 Comments on Sapphire Readies Pure CrossfireX 890GX Motherboard

#1
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I was part expecting a white PCB... like the good ol' days.
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#3
Chomes
I think this part is wrong in my opinion:
Out of the four expansion slots, two are PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8 when both are populated) with some sort of manual PCI-E lane switching, and one each of PCI-E x1 and PCI.

What I see in the picture is :
2 PCI-Express 2.0 x16
1 PCI-E X1
1 PCI
AND
1 MINI PCI-E like a laptop, for wireless cards, tv tuners,...
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#4
a_ump
yea...looks wise that mobo is ugly as balls. color scheme reminds me of legos. shoulda made the expansion slots all yellow like the dimm slots.
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#5
Hunt3r
Sapphire investing in motherboard?
very good
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#6
(FIH) The Don
sapphire has been making mb for many many years
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#7
Lionheart
Sapphire makes motherboards :wtf:
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#9
Yukikaze
If it were white, I'd buy one just to have one.

Been looking for one of their white boards for an oldie build and couldn't find a single one of them.
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#10
KieranD
I personally had the Sapphire 790GX it was a DDR2 board as it was AM2+ socket. It was alright was the worlds best clocker pretty much a decent value board. Ended up going with this ASUS in my specs and its a much better.

LOOKS exactly like the 790GX.
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#11
eva2000
hmmm only worry would be quality of bios support
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#12
theonedub
habe fidem
by: Chomes
I think this part is wrong in my opinion:
Out of the four expansion slots, two are PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8 when both are populated) with some sort of manual PCI-E lane switching, and one each of PCI-E x1 and PCI.

What I see in the picture is :
2 PCI-Express 2.0 x16
1 PCI-E X1
1 PCI
AND
1 MINI PCI-E like a laptop, for wireless cards, tv tuners,...
Yup, between the PCIe 16 slots there is a x1 slot and what looks to be a mini PCIe slot as well. Maybe a nice place to stick a MiniPCIe SSD perhaps :D
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#13
Yokozuna
Rebranded Jetway HA-09

I have a Sapphire 780G AM2+ MATX mb in my HTPC. It's a rebranded Jetway mb as well.
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#15
suraswami
by: Yokozuna
Rebranded Jetway HA-09

I have a Sapphire 780G AM2+ MATX mb in my HTPC. It's a rebranded Jetway mb as well.
by: TheLostSwede
I was just going to say that it was a Jetway board :D
I was also about to say its a Jetway :D
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#16
Hayder_Master
great cooling but poor slots, need one more pci-e,and pci, also more sata and e-sata


by: CHAOS_KILLA
Sapphire makes motherboards :wtf:
yeah this is not first time
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#17
jagd
Sapphire (and zotac ) subsidiary of pcpartner and pcpartner has long history with mobos.
by: CHAOS_KILLA
Sapphire makes motherboards :wtf:
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#18
roast
by: InnocentCriminal
I was part expecting a white PCB... like the good ol' days.
+1!! I was gutted when Sapphire stopped producing them. I always wanted a white mobo. Maybe they'll start manufacturing them again in the future??? :confused:
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#19
entropy13
Sapphire also has an AM3 mini-ITX board (with a green PCB). :)
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#20
WSP
by: roast
+1!! I was gutted when Sapphire stopped producing them. I always wanted a white mobo. Maybe they'll start manufacturing them again in the future??? :confused:
no way you could find a white mobo made by sapphire in these days.
sapphire do not design their own mobo, and that also happens with the bios.dunno with the old sapphire mobos

it's either rebranded Jetway or DFI

like this:

Sapphire PC-AM2RD790 - PURE CrossFireX 790FX:



is a rebranded of DFI Lanparty UT 790FX-M2R (note LANPARTY marking):



Sapphire PI-AM3RS760G:



is a rebranded of Jetway MA3-760GSM (different PCB color, same layout)

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#21
SNiiPE_DoGG
makes sense since DFI is no longer making enthusiast boards, sapphire picked up the back stock.
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#22
ToTTenTranz
The placement for that PCI-Ex 1x is odd to say the least.

What's the point of placing the only PCI-Ex 1x slot next to one of the only places you'll not be able to put anything there (underneath the top 16x slot).
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#23
roast
by: WSP
no way you could find a white mobo made by sapphire in these days.
sapphire do not design their own mobo, and that also happens with the bios.dunno with the old sapphire mobos
What are you talking about?
I'm talking about in the past, sapphire used to make white-pcb motherboards. I wasnt talking about the new ones. :rolleyes:

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#24
(FIH) The Don
that is not a sapphire board, its a old AMD/ATI reference board for reviewers
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#25
roast
by: (FIH) The Don
that is not a sapphire board, its a old AMD/ATI reference board for reviewers
Yep. But AFAIK, this board was actually manufacturered by Sapphire. :)


EDIT: Heres another... http://www.techpowerup.com/?9408
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