Introduction to the Sapphire Pure Platinum H67 Socket 1155 Motherboard
The ITX motherboard standard has over gone some huge changes in the last couple of years. No longer are they solely intended for OEM companies, people looking to just build small computers for media centers or an underpowered office desktop. Granted, those applications still apply, but ITX nowadays are also being used rather heavily for gaming rigs and overclocking sessions as well. We have reviewed many ITX motherboards here at Pro-Clockers over the past year. Some overclocked, some did not, but they did all have one thing in common: the ability to take on a big ass graphic card and transform a seemingly impotent little board into the heartbeat of a powerful gaming machine.
If that seems to tickle your fancy, then a great start would be to consider Intel’s H67 chipset. Indeed, it may not offer overclocking, but it does boast that x16 bandwidth PCIe slot, making it suitable for extreme gaming purposes. However, if you are more of a media buff then H67 does have built-in graphics, which is actually one thing that can be overclocked if need be.
Today, we will take on the Sapphire Pure Platinum H67. Yes, Sapphire is making motherboards again. If you weren’t aware of this, then we suggest taking a look at our exclusive on their P67 offering here. Getting back to the matter at hand, the Pure Platinum H67 takes advantage of everything the H67 chipset has to offer like SATA III, PCIe 2.0, built-in graphics and support for the Sandy Bridge processor. Sapphire is entering every phase of motherboard manufacturing, but lets see if the Pure Platinum H67 is worthy of your dollar bills.
Sapphire’s take on the Pure Platinum H67
The Sapphire Pure Platinum H67 is Intel® H67 Express Chipset based desktop board in MiniITX form factor. It supports the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 /i5 /i3 and other Intel® processors in the LGA1155 package. The board is featured with Display Port, DVI-I and Intel® High Definition Audio HDMI Driver connectors and supports dual independent display for processors with Intel® HD Graphics. Powered by the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors. Sapphire Pure Platinum H67 also offers premium features such as two SATA 6 Gb/s ports, two USB 3.0 ports with 5 Gb/s link speed and Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) for RAID 0, 1. Also support Dynamic switching between built-in processor graphics and high-end, 3D performance discrete graphics cards. Get performance and saving power.