Sparkle Calibre P980X+ ReviewRHKCommander959 - April 5, 2009
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Overall this card did pretty well against the other midrange cards. The shader speed instability was a disappointment but that’s just the way of things. The memory overclock was pretty impressive and seemed to really help. The included software, SPAtune, seemed useful enough, although it might be more beneficial to some to see real-time temperature updates rather than snapshots.
The cooling solution is fairly unique, although sharing some resemblance to the Thermaltake Duo Orb in the aspect of the dual fans and rounded fin pipe. The cooler is able to be purchased separately, and performed well after being applied with a fresh coat of thermal paste to the heat pipes and core. It is unfortunate that it caused artifacts beforehand, and the heat sink didn’t seem to perform any noticeably better in either arrangement.
The performance was about average at stock, but excelled once overclocked. A newer card from Sparkle called the X250 features the same clock speeds, memory, but also comes in a 1GB X250G model. The manual was somewhat dated, and the members-only page is fairly empty minus drivers and warranty information. All in all, it was a good package, just make sure to have some extra paste lying around – just incase.
- Unique cooling design
- Software to control clock profile and monitor temperatures
- Headroom left on memory overclock
- Moderately high performance
- Heat sink needed to be repasted
- Artifacts at factory tune