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 Sapphire Speeds AM2 Solutions For Enthusiasts
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Message Text: Sapphire Technology has just announced two new models in its PURE CrossFire series promising top performance and quality to enthusiasts and value to system builders using the latest AM2 CPU architectures from AMD.

Like earlier Sapphire models, the PURE CrossFire PC-AM2RD580 motherboard offers extreme overclocking and expansion features. Based on the latest CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset and new SB600 Southbridge it combines support for AMD?s AM2 Athlon64, FX and dual core processors with a complete set of performance tuning features.

Crossfire ready, both of the dual PCI-Express graphics slots on this mainboard provide full 16-lane performance ensuring the highest possible performance with two graphics cards. Supporting 2000MT/s HyperTransport interface and up to 4GB of Dual Channel DDR2 memory, Sapphire?s BIOS options also allow speeds and voltages of CPU, bus and memory to be adjusted over a wide range - delivering the extreme overclocking facilities demanded by enthusiasts.

One additional PCI-Express x1 slots and one standard PCI slot meet the need for expansion, and a full range of onboard communications options include Marvell PCI-Express Gigabit LAN and two Firewire ports as well as ten USB 2.0 ports. High Definition audio is integrated on-board and delivers 8-channel Dolby Digital sound and SPDIF out. Peak hard drive performance is assured with eight SATA-II RAID connections as well as IDE ATA133 support.

Based on the same exciting architecture, the new Sapphire PURE CrossFire Advantage PC-AM2RD580ADV board offers system integrators a cost effective solution to a high performance dual graphics system with any AMD Socket AM2 Athlon64 series processor. Full Dual 16-lane PCI-Express is again supported, together with two PCI-Express x1 ports and two PCI slots.

On board features of the Advantage board include both Gbit and 10/100 LAN, 4x SATA-II plus 4x SATA-II RAID and two ATA133 ports, ten USB 2.0 and one parallel port. With it?s on board high definition 8-channel sound and SPDIF out this board provides the most integrated and thus cost effective solution for an AMD based dual graphics system.
 
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