Sparkle Geforce 8600 GT 256Mb» Provided by: Dollarshops
Sparkle was one of the first on the market with their Geforce 8 series offering, the high end 8800 GTX and slightly more affordable GTS were well received. They did not wait too long to announce their products based on the new NVIDIA mid-range video cards. The 8600 GT from Sparkle is a no frills product, the white box holds only the absolute necessary.
The package contains a small installation manual, driver CD, HDTV connection cables, classic TV-out, and one DVI->VGA converter:
To reduce manufacturing costs Sparkle rearranged the PCB layout, and used different components for their 8600 GT card. This results in a video card which is unique and not a run-off-the-mill NVIDIA reference design copy:
Notice the absence of an external power connector for the 8600 GT, all power is drawn from the PCI Express slot.
The cooler is a low profile design with small fan, it doesn’t promise to be dead silent, let’s hope it’s not too noisy.
The Qimonda GDDR3 memory chips are rated at 700Mhz@CL11
at 1.8v. Don’t expect much overclocking headroom without a voltage modification.
Let’s check out the Calibre ->