Friday, March 28th 2008

Sparkle Calibre P960 - GeForce 9600GT 512MB with Dual Fly Cooling

Sparkle Computer has introduced a non-reference GeForce 9600GT using a new Dual Fly cooling. The card comes factory overclocked with a core running at 700MHz, 1850MHz shader clock and 512MB GDDR3 memory at 2.0GHz using 256-bit memory interface. The most interesting part is the cooler though. According to the company's PR "This high-efficient Cooling System developed by SPARKLE itself consists of aluminum die-casting thermal base with copper core inside, three high-efficient heat pipes and dual cooling fans with 0.2 mm thin cooling fins. When the GPU starts working, the copper core inside the aluminum die-casting thermal base will quickly take the working heat from the GPU to the heat-pipe horizontally put inside the thermal base, and the heat will be equably and rapidly spread to the left part and right part of the aluminum die-casting thermal base, at same time, the two circular heat pipes also quickly bring the heat from GPU to the 0.2 mm thin cooling fins, now the strong wind pressure and airflow made by two cooling fans take all the heat out of the cooling module." The actual gain from Dual Fly is up to 10°C cooler GPU, 5°C cooler case temperature and less noise (around 29dB). The Calibre P960 is expected to be available soon.

Source: NordicHardware
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20 Comments on Sparkle Calibre P960 - GeForce 9600GT 512MB with Dual Fly Cooling

#1
Cold Storm
Battosai
that cooler is sick! I can't wait for one of us to get it and take some pictures! The gain on temps is even something to brag about
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#2
alexp999
Staff
That is one nice looking Graphics card. Only thing I cant get over with these though is where they are sending all the heat?? They will perform amazing on a workbench, but once inside the PC... it could be a royal PAI. "coolers" arent actually cooling the graphics card, they are moving the heat off the graphics card, but that heat has gotta go somewhere!
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#3
acperience7
That is one wicked design. Kudos to Sparkle for the form/function balance.
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#4
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
1 word....

SLICK!


by: alexp999
That is one nice looking Graphics card. Only thing I cant get over with these though is where they are sending all the heat?? They will perform amazing on a workbench, but once inside the PC... it could be a royal PAI. "coolers" arent actually cooling the graphics card, they are moving the heat off the graphics card, but that heat has gotta go somewhere!
If you had proper ventillation inside your case you wouldnt have to worry. if your still worried & have a few power tools handy then you can mod yourself a little 80/92/120mm hole in the side of your case near the graphics card & attach a fan there to directly blow 'fresh' air on the card.

is this card still a G92 or G94??? (I think its G94)

if its a G94 it should run much cooler then G92 & the previous series - so stop panicing, you'l scare the other tpu members
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#5
jocksteeluk
That card will look fantastic mounted sidewards inside a windowless case, but seriously that is a nice cooling device.
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#6
choppy
that is fcccunn mint!
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#7
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Sparkle has been coming up with some sick cooling designs. Their TEC cooler for their GPUs is awesome!
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#8
burtram
3 words.... i want that! lol.
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#9
Mussels
Moderprator
for a stock card, its quite good.

factory OC, quiet fan(s), decent temps.

Oh as for alexp999: where else will the heat go? into your case. there hasnt been an effective exhaust cooler for nvidia in a long time, even the stock coolers leave a lot of heat in the case.
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#10
trt740
here is mine on a 8800gs

by: trt740
Thermaltake is gonna be pissed that looks alot like a black dual orb cooler can you say lawsuit.
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
by: trt740
Thermaltake is gonna be pissed that looks alot like a black dual orb cooler can you say lawsuit.
for all we know it is that cooler and they have permission.

If they dont, well... unless TT has a patent on it its going to be hard to protect (they arent selling it as a 3rd party cooler, only bundled with a card - that may be a good defining point)
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#12
trt740
by: Mussels
for all we know it is that cooler and they have permission.

If they dont, well... unless TT has a patent on it its going to be hard to protect (they arent selling it as a 3rd party cooler, only bundled with a card - that may be a good defining point)
its not the same but very very similar
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#13
phanbuey
ok... so i posted something totally stupid, saying its the same cooler... then i sobered up a bit, and remembered 'about the lack of personal property rights in the far east'...

aaah... wow.

but this TEC cooler you speak of... is niiiise...?
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#14
DarkMatter
Naaah... Dual fan with heatpipes. End of similarities. If we follow your logic, any brand could think of a lawsuit against others, since many CPU and GPU coolers are similar. There isn't many designs you can choose from you know...
As if Ford settled a lawsuit against Toyota because they make cars with 4 tyres and a wheel...
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#15
OnBoard
Sexy and seems it has an integrated memory"sink" underneath it. Stock coolers that you don't have to upgrade are sweet, like my Zalman PWM one :)
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#16
1c3d0g
This graphics card is AWESOME! :rockout:

FreedomEclipse: it's a G94 indeed. ;)
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#17
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Funny how board-vendors are churning out so much innovation into making a mid-range card look elite and sell well. But yes, it's a rat race and the reference cooler from NVidia, to me looks not very sufficient for people who would be buying these cards and OC'ing the hell out of them. eVGA and BFG Tech still sell high-clocked 9600 GT cards with reference PCB/cooler.

This card looks pretty, I like the black PCB and that they chose the chrome coloured cooler which would give this card an industrial look. It's time that more board vendors take to 1 GB memory as a USP instead of OC+better cooler. With the prices of memory on the fall, it would make a sweet (and relatively inexpensive) option of 1 GB memory.
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#18
mandelore
that is one decent looking cooler ;)
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