Sapphire has stuck with their motherboard division to compliment their graphics business and their new board is the 785G based PI-AM3RS785G.  As you would expect from a board using this chipset your motherboards back panel is quite crowded, with PS/2 ports, an SPDIF Out port, an HDMI port, a VGA port and a DVI port along with four USB 2.0 ports, one LAN port, and 6 channel audio.  There is only one PCIe slot, a full 16x but no 1x or 4x slots at all, simply a pair of legacy PCI slots.  Overclockers Club didn’t have any problems with the board at all but they felt limited by the sparse features on the board.

“When it comes to the Sapphire Pure 785G motherboard, I have mixed feelings. When I reviewed its 790GX- based board earlier this year, I felt Sapphire made great improvements in most of the areas that count on motherboards. However, with this board, I feel like the company took a step back. Sure the board runs decent when plugged in at stock speeds, but it is still lagging when compared to another mainstream 785G -based motherboard. When it came to overclocking, there was not much there.”

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