Sparkle Calibre P980X+ ReviewRHKCommander959 - April 5, 2009
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Loading up the disk brings up the Calibre SmartInstall package. This includes drivers and software, and many languages are supported and can be changed at the bottom by choosing the appropriate option. 'System information' brings up a small window with the card name and brand, operating system, and driver install information. From here users can also install the drivers, or use the help file if necessary.
Clicking 'Driver installation' brings up a similar small window as the System Information minus driver information. Users may choose where to install the files and then can proceed to install drivers for the video card. Clicking 'Disk information' brings up the disks contents and allows users to explore and open files on the disk easily.
'Additional installations' bring up an installation window for DirectX 9, Sparkles SPAtune card clock management and diagnostic utility, and Intel, VIA, and SiS video drivers. Clicking on 'Display settings' brings up the Windows Display Settings page, where users can adjust resolution, color display, and monitor selection along with more advanced settings for visual quality.
Clicking on 'Visit our website' brings up a HTML file in the frame that held the pictures of the Sparkle unicorn. The web addresses are www.calibrestyle.com.tw, www.sparkle.com.tw, and www.sparkleevga.com.cn. The links are clickable and will launch the address in the system's default browser. The 'Help' button brings up a different frame, with 'SmartInstall Guide' and 'User Guide' as the available help options.
SPAtune installation is straight forward, and similar to regular program installations. Once running, users can click 'Core CLK' for current core speed, 'Memory CLK' for current memory speed, and 'Shader CLK' for the shader processors' speed. Clicking 'GPU temp.' will bring up the temperature at the time the user clicks it, but it does not update itself and is rather a snapshot of the moment it is clicked. 'FAN Speed' gives the speed of the heat sink fans. Clicking OverClock (OC) puts the card into its overclocked settings of 761/1161/1911, which are also set by default in the card's BIOS. Standard Mode (STD) sets the card to stock 9800GTX+ speeds of 738/1100/1836. Green Mode (GRN) is for the power saving option, which runs at nearly half speed with less performance and with the fan running nearly silent thanks to the reduced temperatures.
Now that we are up and running, let's test this puppy!