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SPARKLE Calibre X560 Ti DF Review

Closer Look at The Card:

SPARKLE X560 Ti DF boasts an impressive design. The new black cooler looks much better than the Arctic Accelero TWIN TURBO Pro, with purple fans, that was used with SPARKLE X460G. It not only looks better but its slimmer too, hence spreads over two slots only. Cooler is also made of metal, SPARKLE has really gone all out with the design of this card.

As mentioned earlier, it also has a sleek looking black back plate. Having a back plate serves many purposes. It obviously improves the aesthetics but it also helps in the cooling and protecting the PCB from any damages. Another advantage of the back plate is that it provides support to the PCB so that it doesn’t bend with weight of the hefty cooler.

The heatsink utilizes two 6 mm thick heat pipes that go into a large deck of aluminum fins. These fins are cooled by two 90 mm fans. Unfortunately, memory and voltage regulation circuitry has got no heat sinks.

SPARKLE X560 Ti DF has got an SLI finger on top. You can combine it with a similar card or any card based on GeForce GTX560 Ti GPU (with 1 GB GDDR5 memory) to increase performance.

For display connectivity, we have got two DVI ports and a standard HDMI (1.4a) port. You can only use two active displays at any time utilizing any two of the display connectivity ports. Two cards are required for three monitor setup.

An HDMI sound device is inside the GPU chip. Audio will be carried by the HDMI port; you need an external audio source for HDMI audio. Since HDMI post is HDMI 1.3a compatible so it supports Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz/24-bit.

The card has two 6-pin PCIe connectors. That’s good enough to suck 225 W of power.

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