Sapphire Technology, one of AMD's largest AIB partners, has revealed its latest creation. The FS-FP5V is a small motherboard with an embedded AMD Ryzen V1000 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit).
It may come as a shocker for many to see the Sapphire branding on a motherboard box from a brand that's widely known for its top-notch AMD-based graphics cards. Apart from specializing in graphics cards, Sapphire also works a side job producing embedded motherboards with, you guessed it, AMD processors. The company's latest addition to its motherboard lineup comes in the form of the FS-FP5V, which targets customers in the high-resolution visual embedded segment, such as electronic gaming machines, medical imaging, interactive digital signage, thin clients, and point-of-sale terminals.
The Sapphire FS-FP5V falls into the Mini-STX category and measures 147.3mm by 139.7mm. The motherboard features a simple, old-school design with a green PCB devoid of any eye-candy. The FS-FP5V draws power from a 19V DC power jack and a single 4-pin 12V power connector.
The motherboard is equipped with two DDR4 SO-DIMM memory slots and supports up to a maximum of 32GB of DDR4-3200 memory. Storage options include a single SATA III port and two M.2 slots. The M.2 2280 M-Key slot can house a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 or SATA drive, while the other M.2 2232 E-Key slot is perfect for accommodating PCI-Express x1 devices, like a Wi-Fi card.
The AMD Ryzen V1000 APU is soldered to the heart of the motherboard. Introduced by AMD in early 2018, the Ryzen V1000 series is a combination of the chipmaker's Zen CPU and Vega GPU architectures. The APUs are fabricated with the 14nm FinFET process. The FS-FP5V will be available in four models in accordance with AMD's various V1000 SKUs.
|Model||Cores||Threads||Base Freq||Max Freq||GPU||GPU Max Freq||GPU CU||TDP|
|AMD Ryzen Embedded V1807B||4||8||3.35 GHz||3.8 GHz||AMD Radeon Vega 11 Graphics||1300 MHz||11||35-54W|
|AMD Ryzen Embedded V1756B||4||8||3.25 GHz||3.6 GHz||AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics||1100 MHz||8||35-54W|
|AMD Ryzen Embedded V1605B||4||8||2.06 GHz||3.6 GHz||AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics||1100 MHz||8||12-25W|
|AMD Ryzen Embedded V1202B||2||4||2 GHz||3.6 GHz||AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics||1100 MHz||3||12-25W|
The V1000-series APUs start with the basic dual-core, four-thread Ryzen V1202B and stretch up to the quad-core, eight-thread Ryzen V1807B. The TDP ranges from 12W to 54W. AMD claims that the APUs are capable of pumping out 3.6 TFLOPS (16-bit) of performance.
Despite the motherboard's miniature landscape, the Sapphire FS-FP5V has a generous number of outputs. USB connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.1 USB Type-C port. As for display connectors, the motherboard has four DisplayPort outputs that can sustain up to four 4K displays without hiccups. The FS-FP5V also provides a high-speed connection to the internet through its dual Realtek RTL8111G PCI-Express Gigabit LAN ports. The motherboard's four-channel audio solution consists of a single audio output powered by Realtek's ALC262 chipset. There's even an RS232/422/485 header.
The Sapphire FS-FP5V will be available later this month. Consumers interested in grabbing one can order it directly through Sapphire's website. Pricing is as follows:
FS-FP5V1807B V1807B 35-54W 52093-00-40G - $450
FS-FP5V1756B V1756B 35-54W 52093-01-40G - $390
FS-FP5V1605B V1605B 12-25W 52093-02-40G - $340
FS-FP5V1202B V1202B 12-25W 52093-03-40G - $325