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When it comes to processor performance AMD has been the underdog for a long while now. However, this underdog has always had quite a few things going for it. For instance, AMD's low prices have made its chips great for high performance budget rigs. Not only that, but AMD computers are extremely upgradeable in that you can use newer socket chips in some older socket motherboards. However, this has changed with the release of AMD's APUs and socket FM1 motherboards. These new APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) combine AMD Radeon HD graphics with the CPU cores all on one die. This allows for users to build affordable computers with DirectX 11 support, without the need to buy a GPU. You can also combine the APU's graphic capabilities with a 6670, 6570, or 6450 to get even more of a performance boost. While these APUs would also make great budget gaming rigs, I expect the majority of them to be used in budget multimedia/HTPC rigs. However, no matter what you decide to do with your APU, you'll still need an FM1 motherboard to get it up and running. Today we'll be taking a look at one of Sapphire's FM1 offerings, the Sapphire A75 Pure Platinum.
Sapphire Technology has been quite busy lately expanding its portfolio. Sapphire used to be known primarily as an AMD/ATI graphics card vendor but the company has broadened into different areas such as motherboards and mini-PCs. So far, Sapphire has had success making unique motherboards under the Pure branding. While not as flashy as ASUS or GIGABYTE products, Sapphire's Pure line often features a decent amount of features that often found on high-end and enthusiast boards but at much cheaper price. The latest model joining the Pure family is the Pure Platinum A75 (PT-A8A75) designed for AMD's latest APU. The Platinum A75 is packaged in a black box with reflective silver color accent that looks like many of Sapphire's boards. We actually like the clean look of the Sapphire retail box that has enough information yet is not overly saturated with too much marketing slogans. Open up the box and we can see that the product is well-packaged, so the board sits in a separate compartment apart from the accessories.
Sapphire creates a huge amount of graphics cards for AMD, and now it's ramping up the motherboard side of the business with the its Pure Platinum A75. While AMD has been leading the way in graphics technology and stirring up all sections of the graphics market, the processor side of the company has been in the doldrums. But now that's all set to change with new APUs and supporting chipsets that are part of the desktop Llano Lynx platform. Apart from anything else this brings with it integrated graphics that are worthy of the PC gamer. We've already seen mobos from Asus, MSI and Gigabyte that support AMD's new Lynx platform so it was only a matter of time before a board from AMD's biggest partner, Sapphire, supporting the new APU's and chipset crossed the bench. The Pure Platinum A75 follows the same basic look and feel of every Sapphire board since its return to the motherboard business, built on a black PCB with blue and black memory and expansion slots. Sapphire's mobo is a well-built board with decent attention paid to the components. This is particularly apparent in the power design which uses parts that you would normally expect to find on high-end boards.