Many of you may know about Sapphire's graphics cards line up and other products, but you may not know they used to make motherboards as well. Sapphire is returning to the motherboard market with the FM2 socket Pure Platinum A85XT.
The new FM2 socket current only supports AMD Trinity APUs, so let's look at how Sapphire plans to complement the new A10/A8/A6/A4 APUs. The new A85X chipset provides an array of AMD provided features such as support for up to 8 SATA ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, and more. And while it would be great to simply include these features, Sapphire wants to surprise you.
For the first time ever, Sapphire is adding a Mini PCIe x1 (of mSATA) connector to an A85X based board. This could be used to add Wi-Fi or a small mSATA SSD. The Pure Platinum A85XT also has an integrated Bluetooth module. It seems the Pure Platinum is going for the jack-of-all-trades by offering features for a HTPC in addition to features you would expect on a full-sized ATX motherboard. The great hardware options are also complemented by a UEFI BIOS and TriXX overclocking tool.
The Sapphire Pure Platinum could be the core of a HTPC, multiple HDD home server, or the beginnings of a great mid-range gaming system. It's up to you since it provides plenty of options for anything you want to do.