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Sapphire Pure Mini 785G review

Small form factor fun from Sapphire

Our Verdict

Lots of cool features on a tiny PCB, but CPU restrictions hamper its potential.

For

  • Small
  • No extra cooling needed
  • Socket AM3

Against

  • Limited CPU choice
  • More expensive than a micro-ATX board

We're big fans of small, and motherboards don't come much smaller than Sapphire's Pure Mini 785G.

The Mac mini, the Shuttle XPC, ASUS' EeeBox and Dell's Zino have all helped to prove that for nine-tenths of what we do, a server class chassis just isn't necessary and made the pint sized popular.

But while all these have captured the public imagination the original small form factor, Mini ITX, has remained in a niche.

Most will never have heard of it, and those who have will associate it with under-performing Atom or C3 CPUs.

That's where Sapphire's Pure Mini 785G comes in.

Like Zotac's H55-ITX, the Pure Mini couples the cut-down form factor with a full power processor. It's a socket AM3 board which supports AMD's dual core Athlon or Phenom CPUs, and it comes with built in ATI 4200 graphics and Via VT1708S audio.

There's even room for a PCI-Express graphics card, if you so wish.

That's a lot of power packed into a mere 17cm square of PCB. Is Sapphire's Pure Mini the most densely packed performer around?

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset Model785G
Onboard VideoOn-board Video Chipset
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket AM3 PGA-941
Brand NameSapphire
Form FactorMicro ATX
Processor SupportedPhenom II X4
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory8 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots2
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 4200
Audio Channels5.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of IDE Interfaces1
Number of SATA Interfaces4
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots1
HDMIYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports2
Total Number of PCI Express Slots1
Processor TechnologyCool'n'Quiet Technology
Width170 mm
Depth170 mm
ManufacturerSapphire, Inc
Product ModelIPC-AM3DD785G
Product NameIPC-AM3DD785G Desktop Board
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Manufacturer Part Number52031-01-40R
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sapphiretech.com/en/
Marketing Information

Sapphire IPC-AM3DD785G Desktop Board is Mini-iTX motherboards designed with rich functionality and reliable performance in a small footprint that measure just 170 x 170 mm. The highly integrated platforms features low power consumption of less than 100 Watts and have one basic PCI-E X16 expansion slot for graphics card.