Review: Sparkle Calibre P790+ 512 MB SLI
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 08/27/2006 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Sparkle P790+ 512 MB a.k.a G71
Back in March when the GeForce 7900 GT was released I called this series the winner of the three new product that were released that day. It's a top-segment mid-range product yet offering performance close to the high-end graphics cards for an amazing price. The GeForce 7900 GT is pretty much a slowed down version of big daddy GeForce 7900 GTX. This product has the very same pixel pipelines and vertex processors as the GTX, in fact it's 100% the same (G71) chip yet it's clocked significantly slower at 450 MHz (reference).
The standard 7900GT isarmed with gDDR3 memory running at 1320 MHz (2x 660 MHz as reference) and also was brought down from 512MB towards 256 MB. Now if you look at the chart on this page and start comparing a little then you'll notice that it should perform better than the GeForce 7800 GT and perhaps even the 7800 GTX 256MB versions ... for roughly 300 bucks !
The card is producing much less heat due to the lower clocks and a nice side-effect of that is that it's a single slot solution whereas the GTX has the bigger dual slot heat pipe cooler.
Sparkle offers the Calibre series of cards. It features a new and very silent cooler, nice blue colored PCB, faster clocks for core and memory and to top it off, that 512 MB of memory. It has all the functions and specifications as mentioned, yet since this is the SPP790+ model again we have slightly higher than usual core and memory speeds. The graphics core is clocked at an impressive 560 MHz (vs. 450MHz standard) and that gDDR3 memory is running at 1400MHz (vs. 1320MHz).
So that's a really aggressive default overclock, very impressive. The videocard also comes with a new cooler. Lately I have been complaining about the reference coolers from NVIDIA as I think they produce too much sound. This cooler is virtually silent and very effective. We'll show it on the photo-shoot.
Also good to know, Calibre products come with a 48 hours response technical support and 3 years warranty.
Included in the box you'll find next to the Calibre GeForce 7900 GT 512MB graphics card the following items:
- Quick install guide
- DVI-I to VGA dongle
- HDTV dongle
- Dual 4-pin to single 6-pin power cable
- Driver CD, which includes NVIDIA® ForceWare unified graphics drivers, Full installation manual .pdf
- Painkiller: Full version
- CyberLink PowerDVD: Excellent DVD playback utility
- CyberLink PowerProducer: Easy-to-use video editing utility
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