Sparkle Calibre P880LV GeForce 8800 320MB -
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On the next few pages we'll show you some photos. The images were taken at 2560x1920 pixels and then scaled down. The camera used was a Sony DCS-F707 5.1 MegaPixel.
The Sparkle P880LV GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB
Let's start off with the box. Obviously we include it so that you know what to look for in the stores. Good decent packaging, nice to look at. That'll work in the stores ;)
Here it is, the Calibre. It's PCB much like all models from any manufacturer are 100% similar to the reference design from actually the NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb model yet with half the memory chopped off.
Hmm ... why not a black PCB ?, it would be so much cooler to look at, in fact it would have complemented and finished the design in my opinion.
At the rear end we'll stumble into the 6-pin PSU connector. In the very near future this connector is going to change to a new 8-pin model. We just received the new Enermax Galaxy 1 KW power supply which already has them integrated, we'll show you soon.
Here we also see DVI connectors, dual-link DVI of course. With the 7-pin HDTV-out mini-din, a user can plug an S-video cable directly into the connector, or use a dongle for YPrPb (component) or composite outputs. The prior 9-pin HDTV-out mini-din connector required a dongle to use S-video, YPrPb and composite outputs. I think by next year we'll have one HDMI connector on there at standard.
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Sparkle Calibre P880LV GeForce 8800 320MB
Much like other companies out there with a special edition card, the Calibre series is slightly more expensive yet you'll receive some pretty nifty extra candy. In the case of the GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB they are offering your an overclocked model armed with nothing less than a peltier cooler.