Sapphire ships 890G CrossfireX mainboard

Sapphire Technology has released a new mainboard based on AMD 890GX chipset. It supports AMD processorup to six cores, DDR3 memory and CrossfireX graphics options.

The Sapphire Pure 890G (part number PC-AM3RS890G) is a fully featured mainboard in standard ATX format combining the AMD 890GX chipset and AMD SB850 south bridge.

Four DIMM slots support up to 16GB of DDR3 1066/1333/1600 memory and there is an on-board 128MBit DDR3 sideport memory. The integrated high speed 6GB/s SATA3 hard drive interface caters for up to six devices with optional RAID functions, and an e-SATA port provides for the connection of external devices.

There is also a useful Ultra DMA IDE connector and a very-occasionally-useful legacy floppy disk interface.

On board features include GigaBit LAN connector and Realtek HD Audio with eight-channel I/O, optical and coax outputs and 3D audio capability. There is support for up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 devices, COM Port, IR and SPDIF including backplate connectors and headers.

The 890GX chipset has integrated graphics equivalent to an ATI 4290 graphics card, giving DX10.1 support for the latest games and software. The on board UVD decodes BluRay and HD DVD content with low CPU loading.

DVI, VGA and HDMI outputs are provided on the backplate. For greater graphics performance the two eight-lane PCI Express 2.0 X16 slots can be used to install the latest HD 5000 series graphics cards, either singly or in CrossfireX.

Hybrid Crossfire is also supported with HD 4000 series graphics cards. Additional expansion capability is provided by one 32-bit PCI slot, one PCI-Express X1 slot and one mini PCI-E socket.

Sapphire says the board uses high-polymer solid electrolyte aluminium capacitors with extended operating temperature range for high reliability. A two digit debug display helps system setup, and the 16MB flash BIOS includes many performance tuning options, including stepping CPU voltages for overclocking and CPU smart fan support.

The advanced power control on this mainboard design provides stable operation for the latest AMD AM3 processor families including the recently introduced six-core Phenom II X6 series.

Pricing details are being finalised as we type.