Sparkle Calibre X560DF Video Card Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by stefan @ 2011-09-13

The new Calibre X560DF video card from Sparkle is equipped with a new cooling system, a backplate for anti-bending purposes or to avoid scratches and features a noticeable increase in performance compared to the stock models, thanks to its overclock from the factory.

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A Closer Look Contd.

Since the card has a miniHDMI output, the necessary cable is supplied (miniHDMI to HDMI):




Sparkle have started to design from scratch the cooling systems for their cards and now look much better than the previous Calibre series, which had preinstalled Arctic Cooling solutions, with purple fans. The new design is called by Sparkle “Mono Luxury” and features a matte black appearance. In the center, between the two fans, we can find again the Calibre logo, along with the product series name:




The card features two 90mm ball bearing fans with 9 blades, for more durability; these blow cold air over the heatsink, which features two 8mm Copper pipes, which travel from the GPU plate to the aluminum radiator:






Near the output connectors shield, we can find some extra ventilation holes:




While looking on the opposite side, we can discover the heatsink inside, the connector for the dual fans and the two PCI-E power connectors:




On the metallic shroud we can find another Calibre series name logo, which can be seen when the card is installed in our system, if we do have a lateral plexiglass case cover:




This side also comes with the SLI finger:




The back of the card is fully covered by a metallic plate, and all we have accessible are the screws for the top heatsink removal; this plate avoids bending of the PCB and also protects it against scratches:




The memory chips are made by Samsung, model number K4G10325FE-HC04:



As outputs, we can count a miniHDMI and two DVI connectors:



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