Sparkle X560 Ti DF Calibre Review

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The packaging is a masterpiece of understatement that nicely backs up the "professional graphics card" moniker on the front. We've often remarked how when you're at the higher end of the market, less is more.

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The card itself neatly follows this trend of swathes of black with some minor white text to break things up. Two large PWM fans dominate the topside, and the vent holes near the outputs look very nice. Round the back we have a sturdy backplate to make sure that the card remains solid and the heat is spread evenly.

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The Calibre branding is discreet although it's quite strange to see that in a standard tower case the Calibre logo by the power inputs will be upside down.

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Outputs are the standard GeForce arrangement of an HDMI and two DVI-Ds. It's always nice to see the DVI colour matching the main card, and it's yet another one of those little touches which makes the Sparkle GTX560Ti DF Calibre a treat to look at and enjoy.

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07-11-2011, 06:09:16


Today we're taking a look at a hardcore version of the GTX560Ti, courtesy of Sparkle.

Continue ReadingQuote

07-11-2011, 06:51:25

Looks like Sparkle have done a good job, I never knew of them until now tough.Quote

07-11-2011, 06:56:01

Nice review Tom. Sparkle did a brill job on this .Quote

07-11-2011, 07:43:17

Good written review Quote

07-11-2011, 08:31:41

ive said it before and ill say it again...the GF 104/114 is the best gpu to date period!!! the 460 was brilliant and the die shrink made it even more so!!!

this is a GORGEOUS card......if they make a 580 like this instead of the arctic cooling triple fan in.....ill sell my 6970's is a second!!!!!!!

and you know's at this point id like to send a big middle finger to the exec's over at tri-sli on the 560Ti is a DAMN shame!!!!!!Quote

07-11-2011, 08:35:51

Sparkle are a solid brand, very goods cards, i still got a AGP Sparkle Radeon 7000 in my old AMD rig and its still working

Nice review by the way Quote

07-11-2011, 08:40:25

nice review tom!

look inside? standard vrm arrangement?Quote

07-11-2011, 10:00:22

Check out the linky to the Calibre Web Site - the ones on offer here have slightly different design and COOOOOOOL PURPLE fan blades!!!!!!!!!!!!! Quote

07-11-2011, 10:01:58

But where do you get themQuote

07-11-2011, 10:36:13

Seems like thats a million dollar Q!

Amazon US has the ones reviewed here (currently out of stock) but whether you can get shipping to UK..............

Only "official" supplier doesnt have the reviewed version OR the Purple Blade version on the Calibre Site (incidentally clock speeds are even higher than the one reviewed 1ghz out the box)

So guess the only way to find em is troll the web or perhaps ebay...Quote

07-11-2011, 11:43:01

You didn't take the cooler off. Is this a reference PCB or not? I'm going to assume it is since it bares the nVidia logo on the PCIe steppe.

Looks like a solid card though. I'm really happy Sapphire isn't exclusive to ATi these days.Quote

07-11-2011, 12:32:23

tried ordering one online... you just need to find a company that sells sparkle stuff and then ask em for this cardQuote

07-11-2011, 13:13:19

Mr. Strawberry
Originally Posted by badatgames18 View Post

nice review tom!

look inside? standard vrm arrangement?
in this picture you can see Nvidia printed on the PCB that means it is reference


07-11-2011, 13:31:34

Isn't that what I just said...

The good news there is that a waterblock is available for it.Quote

07-11-2011, 13:33:15

The factory OC is awesome and the price makes it a brill card indeed.Quote

07-11-2011, 14:19:37

Saphire = Sparkle??? - Thought they were seperate companies (not even an offshoot like Asus/ROG) as far as im aware (but if im wrong "stands corrected" in the corner with a big hat with D on it!!!!)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti (PCI-E 2.0)- Core Clock:1000 MHz/Memory Clock:4800 MHz - Stream processors:384 - Memory: 1024MB GDDR5 (256bit) - DVI x 2/Mini HDMI x 1

Bring back the PURPLE fans I say

GeForce GTX 570 (PCI-E 2.0)- Core Clock:772 MHz/Memory Clock:4212 MHz - Stream processors:480 - Memory:1280MB GDDR5 (320bit) - DVI x 2/Mini HDMI x 1

07-11-2011, 15:01:46

Those purple fans look pretty funky .Quote

07-11-2011, 15:13:23

I wish i had bought this card, because i'm thinking of WC'ing my GPU, but gotta wait until the new AMD/NVID GPU's arriveQuote

07-11-2011, 15:29:51

Originally Posted by paulb1972 View Post

Saphire = Sparkle???
You got me there. I somehow mixed up Sapphire's Intel lineup, with Sparkle's nVidia lineup. I guess I ran a bit too much voltage and fused some neurons.Quote

07-11-2011, 15:52:35

Mr. Strawberry
Originally Posted by Earthmonger View Post

Isn't that what I just said...

The good news there is that a waterblock is available for it.
oops quoted wrong post

fixed it now ;DQuote

16-02-2012, 05:39:41

Mr Muggles
Such a big jump from the 6850 to a 560OC, that's my next upgrade decided.Quote

17-02-2012, 07:36:45

anyone know where this can be bought in the UK?Quote

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