Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-A9RX480 11

Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-A9RX480

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Introduction

I would like to thank Sapphire for supplying the tested motherboard.

When it comes to ATI video cards, Sapphire is one of the top, if not the number one manufacturer. After their tremendous success with video cards, they are now entering the motherboard business.

I find the name of the PI-A9RX480 a bit complicated. Maybe somebody at Sapphire will come up with an easier marketing name.

This is how Sapphire's naming scheme works:


The obvious choice when it comes to the selection of motherboard chipset, are chipsets from ATI.

ATI's new RS480 chipsets are geared to deliver high performance and good overclocking. On the PI-A9RX480, Sapphire chose to use the RX480. This version of the RS480 does not come with integrated VGA. Overclockers don't really need an integrated X300 on their motherboards, so it makes sense to scrap that feature and save a few bucks.

Sapphire has specifically developed that board to fit the needs of overclockers and enthusiasts, so the BIOS shines when it comes to overclocking options. For example DDR Voltage can be selected up to 4.0 V.

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