Friday, February 12th 2010

SPARKLE Announces Calibre X240/X240G Graphics Cards With Dual-Layer Fan Blade Cooling

SPARKLE Computer Co., Ltd., the professional VGA card manufacturer and supplier, today proudly announced the new Calibre X240/X240G graphics cards with dual-layer fan blades cooling system, providing incredible DX 10.1 3D performance to mainstream users plus better cooling effects.

Triple strengths to build Calibre Dual-layer fan blades cooling system to bring extreme cooling. SPARKLE breaks restraints of traditional conception, bringing the Calibre dual-layer fan blades cooling system. The Calibre dual-layer fan blades cooling system has several amazing features for DIY users.

The first strength - equipps elaborately made dual-layer fan blades cooling system to increase airflow and air pressure which provides greatly increased cooling efficiency. At present, the general use of graphics on the combination of ordinary fans and heat sinks to remove heat from GPU. However, the average fan design constraints of the effective radiating area, so that heat dissipation area is limited to the external heat sink, while in most in need of cooling, and GPU core part of the formation of a thermal blind spots.

Now, Calibre X240/X240G graphics cards dual-layer fan cooling system uses two-tier design, will be two different colors, different levels of blades into a single body, compared with the single-layer fan blades, can produce an unusually strong the amount of wind pressure and wind, bringing double cooling efficiency, cooling fan to eliminate the traditional graphics generated by thermal blind spots.



The Second Strength - Extend the Blades Length to 9 cm, 1cm Longer Than Ordinary Fans' Blades, Bringing More Powerful Air Pressure.
The Calibre X240/X240G features longer fan blades and larger airflow and air pressure. The fan diameter of the Calibre dual-layer fan blades cooling system is 9cm, 1cm longer than the ordinary diameter of heatsink/fan combination.

The Third Strength - Reversely Rotate 30 Seconds To Effectively Remove The Dust Inside The Fan
The Calibre dual-layer fan blades cooling system can act as clean expert for the Calibre X240/X240G graphics cards. When the computer starts, in the first 30 seconds, the fan will rotate clockwise. After 30 seconds, it will rotate anticlockwise. The purpose is to use the powerful of the dual-layer fans to take the dust away from the internal parts of the cooling system, to prevent dust accumulation, making the graphics card even more clean and tidy and improving the sanitary conditions inside the chassis to extend the graphics card's life. The onboard red/green LED lights remind the user of the fan working condition, the red light means the fan rotates anticlockwise, the green light means the fan rotates clockwise.

19% Performance Upgrade Compared with GeForce GT240 Reference Version
Calibre X240/X240G inherited the high performance blood of Calibre family. Comprehensive enhance the performance of GeForce GT240 reference card to bring users the extreme capability experience.
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37 Comments on SPARKLE Announces Calibre X240/X240G Graphics Cards With Dual-Layer Fan Blade Cooling

#1
Thrackan
I wonder if that design is really more useful than creating a single fan with the same thickness and radius...
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#2
OnBoard
by: Thrackan
I wonder if that design is really more useful than creating a single fan with the same thickness and radius...
Well there are twin rotor helicopters, maybe there is something behind it.

That reverse-spin-dustoff sounds cool, if it actually works. Wouldn't work for me, as I don't shut down, but those that do daily might be.

Anyhow it's something different and that's always good.
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#3
Thrackan
by: OnBoard
Well there are twin rotor helicopters, maybe there is something behind it.

That reverse-spin-dustoff sounds cool, if it actually works. Wouldn't work for me, as I don't shut down, but those that do daily might be.

Anyhow it's something different and that's always good.
Twin rotor choppers rotate in two directions, don't they? I believe that is done so that you don't need a balancing rotor to keep the chopper from spinning.
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#4
Yukikaze
by: Thrackan
Twin rotor choppers rotate in two directions, don't they? I believe that is done so that you don't need a balancing rotor to keep the chopper from spinning.
Quite accurate !
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#5
Wshlist
Cw&ccw

Interesting, I read that anticlockwise is the british way of saying counterclockwise.
And that the jews used to have clocks that rotated the other way because they also read/wrtite the other direction, so I guess you could call it jewishclockwise :)

Anyway for the yanks the term is counterclockwise, abbreviated CCW.
Maybe they should make updated PR material for the US regions.
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#6
Jarman
I like how the news only really mentions the gimmick of a cooler, no mention of the GPU performance (because it's pants, yes?).

The first thing amd and nvidia can't wait to mention when they bring out a new gpu is a gimmick they've made for the fan.......
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#7
Steevo
We use reversible fans in certain applications to self clean. They work well, but do have more working parts, and thus failures. Is this really needed on a card of this size? Do you really want to hear the fans spin up and down every 30 seconds?
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#8
warup89
This new fan tech is not as big as they make it out to be. The first thing against it, its the card it cools, weak fan for a weak card, which it makes sense.

The second thing are the blade design, not that innovative since I've seen similar jet engine looking fans before and they just do as good of a job as normal fans.

-they only usefull thing would be the direction option the fan has, that can maintain the fan clean. but as Steevo said, the more parts for it the higher the chances for it to fail.
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#9
OneCool
anti-clockwise?

So their against clockwise?
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#10
Thrackan
by: Steevo
We use reversible fans in certain applications to self clean. They work well, but do have more working parts, and thus failures. Is this really needed on a card of this size? Do you really want to hear the fans spin up and down every 30 seconds?
I had to check twice as well, but I believe they mean the first 30 seconds after booting your PC the fan spins counterclockwise, and after that it does its normal job.
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#11
erocker
I don't see that fan motor lasting too long. Pretty silly.
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#12
mlee49
I've always admired the Calibre lineup, until now :( I'm sad at this low end gpu with makeup on.

The Calibre were always supposed to be the best of the line, but this is damn poor effort.

Can't blame Sparkle, they've fell into the Nvidia marketing trap that making low-end gpus will generate you more money.
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
So what does this mean for performance? I had no idea it was a GT 240 type card either. Seems pretty useless to me. However, that is MY OPINION.
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#14
jasper1605
I don't see it as being effective as they claim it would be to clean out the dust. Sure it'll work a little bit, but most electronics attract dust off of electrostatic forces. Slowly but surely that will build up over time regardless of the fan direction since it's still using electricity. I could be wrong, I'm just kind of working off the physics that I have taken crossed with a bit of life experience which is always deadly, but I think that they're overhyping the idea.
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#15
HalfAHertz
by: WarEagleAU
So what does this mean for performance? I had no idea it was a GT 240 type card either. Seems pretty useless to me. However, that is MY OPINION.
Pft, what are you talking about. This is Nvidia's fastest Dx10.1 GFX card
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#17
dr emulator (madmax)
erocker 'll tell ya, just take it to ya local garage and blow the dust out with a airline, my uncle did on his and it works a treat ;)
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#18
OneCool
by: WarEagleAU
So what does this mean for performance? I had no idea it was a GT 240 type card either. Seems pretty useless to me. However, that is MY OPINION.
Its really not the point "Why the card?" but whats the point with the elaborate cooling solution?I mean it could almost run passively with no need of a active cooler but Sparkle seems to think it was worth the PR money to come up with some dual rotor "anti-clockwise" cooling solution......what the hell for?

Looks like another. "We are bored and not selling cards so lets brain storm some gimmicks to help sell these outdated video cards we have stock piles of"

Im pretty sure thats what the Memo said :laugh:
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#19
Roph


Still have some use for this, unfortunately :(
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#20
buggalugs
Yeh, the future is passive cooling.
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#21
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
This is interesting, I remember doing tests quite a while ago with several fans stacked(different speeds, different diams) but never thought to try mounting the blades like this. I wonder how the noise/air flow compared to a reg 90mm fan?

At first when I looked at this I thought 2 separate spinning fans but after closer looking the 2 fans are attached together making 1 blade.

I dont get the reverse spinning thing though, 30sec isant gonna remove a significant amount of dust, that seems like adding complexity where it isant needed (marketing baloney)

Still it would be cool to compare this fan directly to a reg one..
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#22
Fourstaff
Interesting concept, someone might want to do a long term test on it to see how much dust accumulates.
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#23
Mussels
Moderprator
i think the fan actually rotates what way its blowing every 30 seconds, not just on bootup...
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#24
simlariver
Lol, the VGA connector isn't hooked to the PCB ...

Also, the fan gimmick is quite laughable, imo.
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#25
Necrofire
by: simlariver
Lol, the VGA connector isn't hooked to the PCB ...

Also, the fan gimmick is quite laughable, imo.
It is, different connector, different pins. I have a graphics card with a dvi port the same way.
The pins are really close together, and right up against the edge.

Although I completely agree, gimmick it is, and a bad one at that.
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