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Sapphire Pure Platinum H67 review

A tiny motherboard with some serious ambition

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Our Verdict

A well put together mini motherboard showing off the ITX form in style

For

  • Tiny format
  • Sandy Bridge CPU support
  • Good array of features
  • Build quality

Against

  • ITX form limits expansion slots
  • No Wi-Fi module

Sapphire pure platinum h67

Benchmarks CPU rendering performance

Cinebench R11.5: Index. Higher is better
Sapphire Pure Platinum H67: 6.68
Zotac H67-ITX Wi-Fi: 6.62

Cinebench R10: Seconds. Quicker is Better
Sapphire Pure Platinum H67: 38
Zotac H67-ITX Wi-Fi: 39

CPU video encoding performance

X264v2: fps. Higher is better
Zotac H67-ITX Wi-Fi: 35.02
Sapphire Pure Platinum H67: 34.98

X264v3: fps. Higher is better
Zotac H67-ITX Wi-Fi: 34.85
Sapphire Pure Platinum H67: 34.67

Discrete graphics 1080P gaming performance

DiRT 2: fps - Higher is better
Sapphire Pure Platinum H67: 92
Zotac H67-ITX Wi-Fi: 80

CPU graphics 1080P gaming performance

DiRT 2: fps - Higher is better
Sapphire Pure Platinum H67: 23
Zotac H67-ITX Wi-Fi: 19

Sapphire pure platinum h67

As you might expect with two ITX motherboards using Intel's H67 chipset, there's hardly anything to choose between Zotac's H67-ITX Wi-Fi and the Sapphire Pure Platinum H67. But what they both show is just how much more powerful today's ITX board is, compared to any other previous incarnation of the format.

Compared with the last Sapphire ITX motherboard we reviewed, the AMD Fusion-based Pure Fusion Mini E350, the Pure Platinum H67 is light years away in performance terms. This is thanks to its Intel LGA1155 i7/i5/i3 CPU support and the H67 chipset itself.

The Fusion board is close in concept, but still the weak Brazos APU doesn't have anywhere near the processing grunt of the full-powered Intel chip. That said, it's not really in the same ballpark in terms of price or power consumption.