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SPARKLE SXX260896D3S-HP GeForce GTX 260+ Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

  • 216 CUDA Cores
  • 896MB 448-Bit GDDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Aaron R.
  • 4/13/2009 11:27:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice, Fast, No Frills Card

Pros: This card is fast, 216 cores for cheaper than some 192 core 260's. It overclocks well in my experience (630 core without even trying) while staying decently cool. It folds like crazy (posted 2500+ score in 12h of folding at stock). It isn't quite as power hungry as a 4870 1GB, while still being as fast, slightly cheaper, and with a majority of the frame buffer. Posting well over 12k in 3dMark Vantage (with Physx on) around 10k with physx off. My unit came with Call of Duty WaW for free!

Haven't met a game yet that can't produce playable framerates at 1920x1200 with all goodies on (save maybe crysis, which I run on 'high').

Card comes with dual 6-pin PCI-E to male molex connectors if your power supply doesn't happen to have these trendy connectors.

This is a 55nm 216 core card, and mine looks identical to the current picture. The box is pretty cool looking.

Cons: No additional video out connector, no adapters to speak of other than the obligatory DVI-I to VGA. Would have been nice to have a DVI to HDMI or even the Component video out that most cards in this price range have. I know this may be just picky, but if $75 cards have these connections and more, why shouldn't a $180 pice range card at least have this $5 extras?

Again, these complaints are nitpicking, because I use DVI, don't care about anything else. This card is all about the GPU and it's traditional usage of gaming (and just general processing thanks to CUDA).

Other Thoughts: This card is pretty much the same size as other 260 GTX's, so be forwarned that it is LARGE. I did have to move my hard drive a little to get it in securely (and I have an older, but rather roomy case). It does take 2 PCI-E connectors, but adapters are provided.

Manual like previous have said sucks, but who cares about manuals... you put it in, it does stuff. That's it.

It does get warm as you overclock. Stock coolers on these 55nm cards have been downgraded since their 192 core 65nm brethren's time. Obviously this card is HUGE, and it's probably very expensive to produce, so you have to cut somewhere. Frankly it's a super fast card - and makes my 9800M GTS in my P-7811FX notebook look like serious weak sause.

Folding at home stock speeds I stayed in the low to mid 60's(C) but overclocked I saw over 70C folding.... do that for 12 hours, it can't be good for the GPU, so I'd recommend folding at stock speeds (or even a slight underclock).

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  • Paul S.
  • 4/11/2009 11:44:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNice card, interesting word choice

Pros: It works better than the 4870 512 I had at first, more stable.

Cons: Encapsulates all sides? Really? The sides of the card are encapsulated?

Or would that be the insides of the card itself that is nearly sealed.

On my card, it appears to be the latter, not the former.

Why would they seal ... er, sorry ... ENCAPSULATE the SIDES of the card?

Anyway, I like this card's design. Most of the hot air leaves through the vent on the end.

Other Thoughts: People who need to show off and use four syllable words when one syllable words will do -- and then use the word incorrectly.

This after bashing someone else's English skills ...

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  • derrick g.
  • 4/6/2009 4:53:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Very fast
Quiet
Runs cool
Cheap
Free game!

Cons: Large card, some smaller cases or cases with a lot of hard drives located in the lower third of the case might have installation issues.

Other Thoughts: I run this card with a Phenom II 920 and my games absolutely fly at the highest resolutions.. i had no idea how pretty CoD4 was.. good lord!
I am able toplay at 1680x1050.. every level of graphic detail is turned to the max, except for shadows.
With all details up, and high resolution.. i get a constant 90FPs in the largest firefights in CoD4.. and even in 3 drake Sarth with all details up in WoW.

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  • THOMAS G.
  • 3/28/2009 9:44:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card for the Price

Pros: Cheap, Cheap, Cheap ....You get a decent card for the $$$....The card is fairly quite given its design and airflow required to cool this chip. It is audible and would not be suited for an HTPC. I only use it for regular desktop and moderate amount of gaming and some downloaded video - so no big deal. Runs videos fine (last three episodes of "House" look good and Call of Duty which came bundled for "free" works fine.

Cons: The manual that came with this device is of poor quality. It is useless for all except someone with no experience opening up a system and installing add - in cards.

The largest flaw is Sparkle's failure to proof read the material they put onto the box. On the reverse of the box - there is an obvious typo in regard to the the card's SLI capability. Sparkle can't spell "double your performance." No instead they state "duble your performance."

Other Thoughts: This is a quality product given the components $$$ range.

I have not overclocked this card. I also received the 55nm version of this card. The plastic case around the cooler encapsulates all sides of the card except the very front which is left partially open for some circuitry.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/28/2009 8:26:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsWRONG

Pros: @computerwhizkid
Sorry but you are wrong the gtx 295 has 2 pcb's each with 1 core on them so it has 2 cores, but they are gtx 280 cores, meaning 240 processing cores each, and they have double the ram of the gtx 260. So they are basically 2 gtx 280's in sli on a single card, not really though because they don't use sli to interface with each other.

Cons: Do research before you post stuff. Not trying to be mean just providing correct information.

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  • Jerome G.
  • 3/27/2009 8:42:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for the $$$

Pros: nVidia (always a good choice), Price, Bundle (at the time of purchase I got Call of Duty: World At War)

Cons: Manual (but then again...who needs a manual with a video card???)
The length of the card overtakes the MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum. Make sure you have ample room in your case! Thank goodness for the Lian-Li VX2000B

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2009 4:59:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsfollow up to my last review

Pros: Please be aware that I too received the newer version. I got the 55nm card with the customer Sparkle S logo on the blue-green color pcb. I am not sure whether this is the case with everyone, but it seems that the more recent customers are receiving this product instead of the one pictured.

Cons: None at this time.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2009 4:53:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSparkling Product, Sparkling Company

Pros: This card brings an irresistible combination of price, quality, and performance. It is the core 216 gtx 260. It is really important to note that the card is the one pictured on the website, with the fancy logo and cool looking heatsink! Though I didn't necessarily need the upgrade, games are definitely perfect in spots where the 8800 gt had lower frames (high intensity gaming enviroments: smoke, explosions, 100's of units/people). It runs Crysis, Call of Duty 4 (full), Left 4 Dead (full), and starcraft. Each game i get 90+fps always except crysis. Sparkle has a great track record for quality control, and the price was more than fair, especially with the included Call of Duty World at War game. I really felt like I was cared for in this purchase.

Cons: The card is a bit long, my 8800 gt was a long card, but this one is definitely a good 3-4 inches longer totalling 10.5 inches. What this means to you: possibly moving or modding a hard drive cage, and most likely moving around a few cables, no big deal. The two power connectors aren't a problem, most computers have sli power supplies. Even if that isn't the case, the card is supplied with molex to 6pin adapters.

Other Thoughts: My first thoughts on shopping for the card was to resort to the big companies I have placed my business with over the years. But this time, the price was right and same with the quality. I got a free game in the bundle, and will be more than happy to do business with Sparkle later on. I know it is just one purchase, but I felt I had a duty this time around to support a smaller company this time around. I am pleased all around.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2009 2:19:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswow

Pros: amazing card. 216 core model, not the standard 192. just upgraded from an overclocked 1gb 8600GT, and all i can say is wow. my 8600 got about 4fps on crysis on 1680x1050, all settings on enthusiast. this card gets 25-35 on the same settings, on stock clocks! left4dead maxes out the frame limiter, css gets 250-300 fps. amazing card. gonna get another in a week or so for SLI. why get a GTX 295? theyre 505.00, and you can get two of these for like 360.00. haha. oh, by the way, just throwing it out there, that a GTX 295 is just dual 260's in sli mode in one card frame, so same performance for 140 less

Cons: keeps my glued to my computer screen? i dont see how being addicted to amazing graphics is a con though :P

Other Thoughts: 4gb g-skill ddr2, 800mhz
e8400 - stock clocks
foxconn g31mv-k mobo
raidmax smilodon extreme black case
raidmax 500w psu
1tb western digital caviar
arctic cooling freezer 7 pro
creative x-fi fatal1ty extreme gamer championship series
22x samsung writemaster w/ lightscribe
sparkle GTX 260+ core 216

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/18/2009 5:19:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet Deal

Pros: Very fast, very stable, and cheap ;)

Cons: Very large, had to move a second hard drive out of the way to fit it in my case.

Other Thoughts: Sweet card at a sweet price.

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