Doing a comparison with Intel’s latest 6 series chipset on a quality motherboard shows us that this Motherboard has no deficiencies that can really be improved on by Sapphire. The 1333 memory speed can be a turnoff for some but there is really not much sacrificed in that 266 MHz. Yes a benchmark will show you the deficiencies but will they make a difference in the normal operation of this board?
In the end it comes down to what the manufacturer does to add value to the chipset and components that ride the buses. Did Sapphire do that? Yes I believe they did.
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