Sparkle Calibre X265 GeForce GTX 260 896MB video card review
Written by Hanners
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 00:00
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Sparkle Calibre X265 GeForce GTX 260 896MB video card reviewIts funny how things come full circle sometimes isn't it? Almost a decade ago now, I was working as a humble PC repair technician, and one of the frequent occurrences in my everyday life was fitting Sparkle graphics boards to PCs for new systems, upgrades and the like. Of course, back then most of those systems were fitted with simple S3 cards; a far cry from the incredibly powerful GPUs that we see sat before us today.
Fast forward to today, and once again I find myself holding a Sparkle-based graphics board, although this time around the circumstances couldn't be much more different. For starters, this card is for review rather than for installation in a customer PC, but more importantly the offering that we're looking at here is a far cry from those simple little S3 solutions of yesteryear. Indeed, in that intervening period things have changed substantially for Sparkle, as they've shifted gears away from entry-level parts to providing an entire range of graphics boards as per any other modern AIB. Away from reference-based solutions, Sparkle has also developed their own line of boards which feature factory overclocks and third-party cooling solutions - A range which the company has labelled with the "Calibre" moniker.
It's a card from this range that we're going to be investigating today, in the form of Sparkle's X265 Calibre board - A GeForce GTX 260 (of the 216 Stream Processor variety) which sports both factory overclocks and a non-standard cooling solution. Is that enough to allow it to stand out from the crown, to let it sparkle like a diamond in the rough? Sorry, but you knew there was going to be a Sparkle-related gag in there somewhere. Anyhow, moving swiftly on, let's get cracking with the review...