Sparkle X560 Ti DF Calibre Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Sparkle X560 Ti DF Calibre Review


Sparkle graphics cards have been quietly performing very well in recent years.

Whilst not necessarily the first brand you think of when choosing your next GPU, they nonetheless have been very solid, with some models being up there with the best.

Today we're taking a look at a highly modified GTX560Ti which is part of Sparkle's Calibre range. Similar to the RoG models from ASUS, or the MSI Lightning range etc., the Calibre variant has a good overclock and the de rigueur twin fan cooler.

So does it sparkle brightly or merely twinkle and fade?

Technical Specifications

Compared to the standard GTX560Ti which comes with a 822MHz core you can see that the Calibre has a hefty overclock indeed, all the way up to 950MHz. The memory too has been upped from 4000MHz to 4600MHz. With these big leaps in clock speed there should be a decent amount of extra performance when compared to the standard model, which is already a good performer.

Model NumberX560Ti DF
Graphics Processing UnitGeForce GTX 560Ti
Core Clock950 MHz
Memory Clock4602 MHz
Memory Type1024MB GDDR5
Memory Interface256-bit
Stream Processors Cores384
Bus TypePCI-Express 2.0
OutputsMini HDMI x1
Dual Link DVI-I x2

Time to take a look at what's in the box.

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Most Recent Comments

07-11-2011, 06:09:16


Today we're taking a look at a hardcore version of the GTX560Ti, courtesy of Sparkle.

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07-11-2011, 06:51:25

Looks like Sparkle have done a good job, I never knew of them until now tough.

07-11-2011, 06:56:01

Nice review Tom. Sparkle did a brill job on this .

07-11-2011, 07:43:17

Good written review

07-11-2011, 08:31:41

ive said it before and ill say it again...the GF 104/114 is the best gpu to date period!!! the 460 was brilliant and the die shrink made it even more so!!!

this is a GORGEOUS card......if they make a 580 like this instead of the arctic cooling triple fan in.....ill sell my 6970's is a second!!!!!!!

and you know's at this point id like to send a big middle finger to the exec's over at tri-sli on the 560Ti is a DAMN shame!!!!!!

07-11-2011, 08:35:51

Sparkle are a solid brand, very goods cards, i still got a AGP Sparkle Radeon 7000 in my old AMD rig and its still working

Nice review by the way

07-11-2011, 08:40:25

nice review tom!

look inside? standard vrm arrangement?

07-11-2011, 10:00:22

Check out the linky to the Calibre Web Site - the ones on offer here have slightly different design and COOOOOOOL PURPLE fan blades!!!!!!!!!!!!!

07-11-2011, 10:01:58

But where do you get them

07-11-2011, 10:36:13

Seems like thats a million dollar Q!

Amazon US has the ones reviewed here (currently out of stock) but whether you can get shipping to UK..............

Only "official" supplier doesnt have the reviewed version OR the Purple Blade version on the Calibre Site (incidentally clock speeds are even higher than the one reviewed 1ghz out the box)

So guess the only way to find em is troll the web or perhaps ebay...

07-11-2011, 11:43:01

You didn't take the cooler off. Is this a reference PCB or not? I'm going to assume it is since it bares the nVidia logo on the PCIe steppe.

Looks like a solid card though. I'm really happy Sapphire isn't exclusive to ATi these days.

07-11-2011, 12:32:23

tried ordering one online... you just need to find a company that sells sparkle stuff and then ask em for this card

07-11-2011, 13:13:19

Mr. Strawberry
Originally Posted by badatgames18 View Post

nice review tom!

look inside? standard vrm arrangement?
in this picture you can see Nvidia printed on the PCB that means it is reference

07-11-2011, 13:31:34

Isn't that what I just said...

The good news there is that a waterblock is available for it.

07-11-2011, 13:33:15

The factory OC is awesome and the price makes it a brill card indeed.

07-11-2011, 14:19:37

Saphire = Sparkle??? - Thought they were seperate companies (not even an offshoot like Asus/ROG) as far as im aware (but if im wrong "stands corrected" in the corner with a big hat with D on it!!!!)

GeForce GTX 560 Ti (PCI-E 2.0)- Core Clock:1000 MHz/Memory Clock:4800 MHz - Stream processors:384 - Memory: 1024MB GDDR5 (256bit) - DVI x 2/Mini HDMI x 1

Bring back the PURPLE fans I say

GeForce GTX 570 (PCI-E 2.0)- Core Clock:772 MHz/Memory Clock:4212 MHz - Stream processors:480 - Memory:1280MB GDDR5 (320bit) - DVI x 2/Mini HDMI x 1

07-11-2011, 15:01:46

Those purple fans look pretty funky .

07-11-2011, 15:13:23

I wish i had bought this card, because i'm thinking of WC'ing my GPU, but gotta wait until the new AMD/NVID GPU's arrive

07-11-2011, 15:29:51

Originally Posted by paulb1972 View Post

Saphire = Sparkle???
You got me there. I somehow mixed up Sapphire's Intel lineup, with Sparkle's nVidia lineup. I guess I ran a bit too much voltage and fused some neurons.

07-11-2011, 15:52:35

Mr. Strawberry
Originally Posted by Earthmonger View Post

Isn't that what I just said...

The good news there is that a waterblock is available for it.
oops quoted wrong post

fixed it now ;D

16-02-2012, 05:39:41

Mr Muggles
Such a big jump from the 6850 to a 560OC, that's my next upgrade decided.

17-02-2012, 07:36:45

anyone know where this can be bought in the UK?

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