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Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68 Motherboard Review

Rating: 8.0.

Sapphire have been releasing a steady stream of products this year, and today we are looking at their latest motherboard, the Pure Platinum Z68 which targets the enthusiast Sandybridge audience. Can the Sapphire product offer enough to stand out in such a crowded marketplace?

To this point in time, the Sapphire Pure motherboard range has not failed to impress. With a team of dedicated engineers tweaking their own designs they have been able to offer competitively priced motherboards with strong overclocking capabilities.

The Z68 range is today’s hottest enthusiast grade motherboard, it is the successor to the P67 series, which suffered a lot of negative attention due to the very public Cougar Point SATA issues. The Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68 is a dual bios motherboard with support for AMD Crossfire, USB 3.0, SATA 3, Bluetooth 2.1 and Lucid Virtua technology.

Specification Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68 Motherboard
CPU Support Intel LGA1155: Intel Core i7 /i5 / i3 series processors
BIOS AMI BIOS, 16Mb Flash ROM
Memory 4 slots 240-pin DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600+ non-ECC ,un-buffered memory.16 GB Max.
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics
Expansion Slots
3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots

3 x 32-bit PCI slots

Storage 4 x Serial ATA III 6Gb/s connectors

4 x Serial ATA II 3Gb/s connectors

Supports HDDs with RAID 0, 1,5,10 functions

Audio Realtek ALC892 HD Audio CODEC with 8-Channel
Ethernet LAN
Marvell 88E8057 PCI-Express Gigabit LAN
Form Factor
ATX, Size 12″ x 9.6″
OS support
Windows 7 (32/64) bit

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