Tuesday, September 1st 2009

Sparkle Announces Calibre Intelligent Dual Fly VGA Cooling Solution

Sparkle Computer announced its newest innovation in graphics card design: the Calibre IDF (Intelligent Dual Fly) cooler. Its design intends to put greater control over the card's temperatures, while taking the same away from driver-level fan speed presets. The concept involves a copper GPU block from which heatpipes arise, conveying heat to two circular aluminum fin arrays on either sides of the block. Each array holds its own fan that blows air onto it. The air from these also help passively cool other components on the graphics card, such as memory chips and the VRM area. Between these two also lies the so-called "GBOX control terminal".

This component has its own temperature sensor, and depending on the temperature, adjusts fan speeds, and interestingly, has a mechanism that moves the two aluminum fin arrays parallel to the plane of the PCB or angled to it. When angled, the cooler's passive cooling (under its air-flow) is extended to far reaches of the card. Thresholds are set for under 50 °C temperatures to keep the two parallel to the card, and higher temperatures angled to it. With low power requirements of this mechanism, the entire cooler makes do with the 4-pin fan power connection to the card. Sparkle is also working on an accessory that lets the cooler's readings and perhaps some controls be provided on a fan-controller that fits into a 5.25" drive bay on the PC case. Although no new graphics cards from the company are said to feature this cooler, it will make it to newer models in the near future.
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18 Comments on Sparkle Announces Calibre Intelligent Dual Fly VGA Cooling Solution

#1
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
That seems overly complex...
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#3
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
LOL, the first 2 GBoxes I had were DOA... and Sparkles Customer Service was no help at all.(they said I needed a 800 watt PS to run a pair of 9600GTs because they each had 2 fans)

Their fly cooler also has a serious flaw in the fans pivot, and that means the copper tubing is not soldered to the base(it needs to pivot)so there is less than ideal contact. This cooler looks to be a bit different, it will be interesting to see if the fans pivot like the others did.

its interesting reading their description, it sounds like it was the most excellently engineered idea ever...:rolleyes:

I also have their 9800GTs with the display mounted to the GPU and the fixed dual fan cooler. Its much better and cools well with little noise.
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#4
Roph
Here is a new logo for them :)

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#5
mdm-adph
by: btarunr
At present, there's problems in the ordinary cooling fans of the graphics cards sold in the markets with insufficient wind pressure and insufficient wind flow which could let users to fear of trouble in the rear.
There's no way that was unintentional. :laugh:
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#6
t77snapshot
Is it just me or does it look like this cooler will take up 3 slots?
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#7
Kitkat
that thing has always looked so cool just seems like "alot" lol i guess if u have one but it def looks like super gear future vibe lol
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#8
Breathless
"trouble in the rear"?

"DIY pleasure"?

I think they need to hire a better translator. :wtf:
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#9
Mistral
PR talk + killer translation skillz = instant win

This is one insane piece of text, I'm making myself a copy...

"...trouble in the rear... With artificial intelligence conception in design... Now users can master the working state of his Graphics Card more convenience"... priceless...
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#10
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
I'm going to digest this PR for you....done.
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#11
Velvet Wafer
lol this is one of the most useless gimmicks i ever saw....:laugh:
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#13
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
explained well:laugh:
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#15
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
why wont they just remake that tec cooled vc cooling they did with 8800GTX calibre? This is just useless imo
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#16
Depth
Air coolers are efficient when kept simplistic. They've done the impossible and over-engineered it.

Pretty soon they'll have full Tilt, Swivel & Pivot capabilities.
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#17
mdm-adph
by: btarunr
I'm going to digest this PR for you....done.
Thank you -- now I no longer have to fear of trouble in the rear.
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#18
Meizuman
The Incredible Machine! Anyone played that?
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