Sapphire 780G Motherboard and Hybrid CrossFire

Posted on May 9, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Installation

Installation was trivial for the PI-AM2RS780G. I was able to snap the I/O shield in to our case, the Thermaltake M9. Following that, I installed the motherboard, Phenom 9500 provided by AMD, and OCZ's 2GB kit of DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Certified Edition RAM.

I also tried to install a CPU Cooler from CoolJag, but the PI-AM2RS780G north bridge was much too close to the heatsink clips.

I'll be using both Windows and Linux. Let's look at the final system specifications before I move in to the benchmarks. Also note that I've opted to test this system against a similarly-equipped ECS GeForce 6150 motherboard.

Processor AMD Phenom 9500 AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+
Motherboard Sapphire PI-AM2RS780G 780G ECS GeForce 6150/nForce 430
RAM 2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire Certified 2GB DDR2 PC2-8500 WinTel
Video Card RS780 / Radeon HD3450 / CrossFire Integrated GeForce 6150
Chassis Thermaltake M9
CPU Cooling Xigmatek HDT-S1283
Hard Drive Excelstor 250GB SATA2
Power Supply StarTech.com WattSmart 750W Power Supply
Display 1280x1024

Despite being powered by a slower processor, we still feel any benchmarks will still give good indication of any advantages or (particularly) disadvantages the 780G board has.

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