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Old January 27, 2012, 01:17 PM
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I have always prefered to use Sapphire VCs and now that I am in the market for an 1155 board I saw this for what seems like a steal of a price.

Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra ATX LGA1155 DDR3 3XPCI-E16 SATA3 USB3 GBLAN Audio Motherboard - SAPPHIRE - 52035-00-40R

Anyone have any experience with this board?

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I will be running an i5-2500k with 16G of DDR3-1600 RAM, and dual Sapphire HD6950s in Crossfire with it?
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Old January 27, 2012, 01:27 PM
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I heard they aren't that good for overclocking.
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Old January 27, 2012, 01:34 PM
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At $200 there is no way in hell I would buy that but at $95 it could be a decent buy.
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Old January 27, 2012, 01:40 PM
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At $200 there is no way in hell I would buy that but at $95 it could be a decent buy.
Sort of what I was thinking all the reviews I can find are done at a 200$+ price point and they all basically say that although a decent board it was just not impressive enough at that price point but this is less than half the cost?
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Old January 27, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Sort of what I was thinking all the reviews I can find are done at a 200$+ price point and they all basically say that although a decent board it was just not impressive enough at that price point but this is less than half the cost?
In all honesty its probably at that cost due to the lacklustre performance of the board.
Its a tradeoff really, if you want to chance it with something that might not give you all the features or be as issue free as more notable brands.
On the other hand, you could get what amounts to a decent board for a very good price.

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Old March 1, 2012, 05:39 AM
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Even at 95$ this was a horrible purchase, lesson learned just got an ASUS P8P67 Evo to replace it with.
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Old March 1, 2012, 05:41 AM
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Even at 95$ this was a horrible purchase, lesson learned just got an ASUS P8P67 Evo to replace it with.
What specific issues did you have with the board?

Sapphire hasn't had much luck over the years when it comes to branching out into the motherboard market. :)
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Old March 1, 2012, 07:11 AM
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The biggest thing was overall layout of the board and then the temp issue;\

1) the PCIE slot layout made running dual cards in the first 2 slots impossible without WCing as the upper card air cooler was literally touching the lower card, and jumping the lower card to the third slot meant using an extended crossfire bridge, which they do not include. This just shows poor planning as I am using dual Sapphire 6950s so how can they not know their own products would fit together this way and not pre plan for the problem.

2) the stupid 4pin molex power connector on the bottom of the board to that you cannot get a lead into because there is not enough room above the PSU.

3) the fact they put the front panel HD audio plug up between the second and third PCIE slots at the very back edge of the board.

4) the temp read out I was getting from the on board sensors both within windows using a couple different programs and from the digital display on the board was just out to lunch (and I checked the real temps using a calibrated temp probe from work) it would fluctuate all over the place I would be nervous to even attempt and OC on the thing.
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