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SPARKLE Calibre X560 Ti DF Review


NVIDIA refreshed their Fermi architecture with the launch of GeForce 500 Series graphics cards. Their GeForce 400 Series wasn’t a huge hit overall except some of the mid-end cards like GeForce GTX 460 which proved to be a huge success for the green camp due to its amazing price to performance ratio and performance to power consumption ratio. High end card like GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470 turned out to be power devourers and ran hotter than nuclear plants.

With the refresh of Fermi architecture NVIDIA aims to offer better power consumption and thermal figures. Today, we’ll be having a look at the SPARKLE X560 Ti DF. It’s based on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU and is classified under SPARKLE’s Calibre line-up of graphics cards.

GeForce GTX 560 Ti is based on NVIDIA’s GF114 second generation Fermi chip. GeForce GTX 560 Ti is offered for sub-$300 market. As far as specification go, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti is similar to GF104 on which the previous price-performance king, GTX 460, was based except the fact that the GeForce GTX 560 Ti has 384 CUDA cores (48 more that GeForce GTX 460) and higher clocks (822 MHz core, 1640 MHz CUDA cores and 4000 MHz effective memory). With all the increments comes the higher price, which is $250.

That was all about the reference GeForce GTX 560 Ti, now talking particularly about the SPARKLE X560 Ti DF – I would like to mention that it’s a highly overclocked version of the reference card. Core clock is bumped up from 822 MHz to 950 MHz and memory clock from 4008 MHz (effective) to 4602 MHz (effective). Apart from all this it comes with a sleek looking dual heat pipe cooler with two 90mm fans and a metal back plate with black anodized aluminum finish. All on a reference PCB (Printed Circuit Board).


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