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Sparkle Calibre X580 review

Sparkle Calibre X580 - GTX 580 on Steroids

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Performance:
9
Features:
8.5
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Effective cooler
Impressive overclocking
THE BAD
Could do with higher clock speeds
Takes up three expansion slots


Bigger and Faster

Bigger and Faster

Launched in early November, the GeForce GTX 580 cemented NVIDIA’s grip on the title of world’s fastest GPU. Powered by the GF110 chip, it has the full 512 cores that the Fermi architecture promises and along with its other tweaks and optimizations, it could be anything from 15% to 20% faster than the older GeForce GTX 480 - a testament to its sheer brute graphics horsepower.

It’s been just a few weeks since we first laid eyes on the GeForce GTX 580 and Sparkle has already come up with their own customized version of the GeForce GTX 580. Dubbed the Calibre X580, the card is factory overclocked and comes with a massive triple-slot, triple-fan Accelero EXTREME Plus cooler from Arctic Cooling.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen an Arctic Cooling cooler this large and extreme on a card, and fortunately, they have served well in the past so it will be intriguing to see how this stacks up against a reference card’s vapor chamber technology based cooler.

As for clock speeds, the Sparkle Calibre X580 is running at 810MHz at the core, 1620MHz at the shaders and 4032MHz DDR at the memory. Compared to a reference card’s 772MHz at the core, 1544MHz at the shaders and 4008MHz DDR at the memory, the Sparkle card has received a nice boost in performance, but how will that translate in real world applications?

Before we find out, here’s a look at the card.