We haven't seen much of Sparkle in the past but they have graced us with a dazzling white package for its GeForce 8600 GTS. Despite its ordinary and standard exterior, this card comes overclocked with a very competitive core clock of 729MHz and a memory frequency of 2214MHz DDR. The included accessories are more than adequate but the lack of any applications or games makes it a very lean package that may appeal to some consumers. Or it could turn some off some prospective buyers looking for a more wholesome package.
The bundled item list for Sparkle is as follows:-
Most of us are familiar with XFX's many editions of a particular graphics chipset, with clock speeds that vary from mildly to extremely overclocked. The XXX Edition is not too be sneered at since the core is at 730MHz and suitably complemented by memory operating at 2260MHz DDR. It is fast and XFX knows it, since it has paired the card with a popular and fairly recent first person shooter like Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, the better to showcase the card's graphical prowess. The other accessories in the package are also useful though it does seem to lack the Component cable dongle commonly bundled with graphics cards .
The accessories that accompany the XFX graphics card are as follows:-
Given its past record of delivering value for money products that are both price and performance competitive, we expected more of the same with XpertVision's latest GeForce 8600 GTS. It turned out not to be the case, since the variant we received is the company's normal GeForce 8600 GTS and not the Sonic and overclocked version. Hence, the clock speeds on this XpertVision are the standard 675/2000MHz that you will find on most stock GeForce 8600 GTS cards. XpertVision did make quite a few changes to its card, with a custom two-slot cooler and a redesigned board layout. There are no surprises when it came to the included accessories and the single SpellForce 2 game should provide some entertainment for users.
The full list of included accessories is as follows:-