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SPARKLE Calibre Series X560 DF GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 336 CUDA Cores
  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • William D.
  • 9/13/2012 11:15:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest bang for your buck

Pros: Great heat sinks, solid design and construction, and a very good service department. I heard a lot of rumors about not being able to contact them since its based out of China, not altogether true, if you contact their headquarters then yeah good luck, but if you actually look the service center is in California. I called and a tech answered in two rings, answered all my questions, no bull and no problems. This is the second card I have bought from this company and I am very impressed with the product they make. My other one is an old Nvidia 6500 1Gb made by sparkle and it will run dang near anything you throw at it and to top it off I have been running it in my workstation doing rendering and a little gaming for more than three years. It has outlasted all other cards of similar size that my friends use in theirs, even the other Nvidia based ones.
Bottom line, best graphics cards I have ever bought, PERIOD!

Cons: Size, I have a cooler master case and this thing used every spare millimeter, but more than worth the effort of install.
But the size is necessary for the massive twin cooling unit the thing uses, so it more than counters the negative, plus the thing sits in a rather awesome hard-case to protect the components when your doing maintenance or adjustments in the case.

Other Thoughts: I have tried several cards in the past, had issues such as durability and overall build quality with most.
Heck my buddy built a great system with a very nice evga card, only lasted two months of minor use when the card self destructed.
I have had this card for almost a full year of heavy use and gaming, not a single complaint.

I saw recently that newegg has listed these as discontinued, well they aren't. Sparkle still offers them and I have found them new at a dozen sources so I'm feeling a little bias here, probably other manufacturers feeling the pressure of someone finally offering a quality product.

Doesn't matter, its worth finding and using, a bonus is that if you register your product, you get a lifetime warranty, I even registered my old one.

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  • chad p.
  • 5/21/2012 1:12:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNice card for the money

Pros: Great 1 gb performance.
runs crysis 2, nexuiz, diablo 3 great.
card runs mostly cool 75 c max load idles around 35 to 40 c

Cons: Card can be quite loud on higher fan speeds.
Other than that not much has bothered me.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card when it was 289$ was thinking about getting another one for SLI but after some of the odd stories about screws missing i may just hold out for a nice 2gb or 1.5gb card in the future. Other than that my card came fully assembled and is still running great a few months later.

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  • Lance P.
  • 5/16/2012 11:17:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSecond time worse off

Pros: None now

Cons: Had to RMA the first card because a screw fell off the card when taking out the package.
I received my supposedly new card from Newegg today and a screw didn't fall out, it was just missing! While looking the card over in disbelief i also noticed a screw was missing on the actual fan! (3 screws holding it down to heat-sink. Also noticed on said fan, the two remaining screws didn't match at all..different colors! The first fans screws all match..Hmmmmm.

Other Thoughts: I will not..I mean NOT buy this brand again. I don't even care if the card works wonderful or not. I spent 26 dollars to return a defective product and they sent me a different (Refuse to believe new) card with even more physical problems!
Newegg let me down on this one....I swear they sent me their own refurbished. Waste of time and money. I will be looking elsewhere from now on. Trust is gone.

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  • christopher N.
  • 5/8/2012 2:07:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLooks Cool, Runs Hot

Pros: Great Presentation.
Solid Build minus one screw that doesn't want to stay in.
Runs most newer games in the 30fps range

Cons: Runs very hot.
Will burn your hand on the backplate after some serious gaming

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  • Lance P.
  • 4/29/2012 2:14:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Happy

Pros: Looks great out the box. Safely packaged It's Pretty.

Cons: Missing a screw! the nice black shield covering that the fans attach to was loose. Then a small silver screw fell off the card! The whole bottom side is unattached.

I then of course looked over the card and noticed where the screw came from and that another was missing. I cannot find the other screw in the box or the static bag the cad came in, so I am afraid to test it.

I tried to see if I could possibly put the screw back and I would have to void the warranty to fix it myself.

I took a chance because It looked great. I'm not happy now.
Having to to ANY RMA will upset you, and especially when it's do to the company's assembly fault.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/21/2012 11:31:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSparkle Calibre GTX 560 DF

Pros: Lightning fast installation and lightning fast graphics. The fans are just as quiet as the rest of the fans in my PSU and case. Hopefully this will be a lasting and reliable product - only time will tell this.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Ryan F.
  • 12/17/2011 8:51:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Satisfied

Pros: It's very solid and the top cover plate help prevent any damage during installation or just freak accidents. It's very user friendly and win7 (64-bit) didn't have any problems detecting it but of course I got the latest driver from Nvidia's site. I got this card to plan Sniper: Ghost Warrior because I couldn't play it on an IGP so save my life. However, this card's performance was dazzling. SPARKLE is the name mane.

Cons: When I first ran Sniper: Ghost Warrior's intro video clip the fans started talking but that's acceptable, but when I played the game I couldn't hear the fans no more than I could hear my case fans. (LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62). So no cons really...

Other Thoughts: I just noticed another card like this but with like 20 more MHz core clock dubbed SPARKLE Calibre Series X560 Ti DF GeForce GTX 560 (Ti), which cost like 30 dollars more. MIne doesn't have the (Ti) and is cheaper. I don't care about that because it looks like the same card but with a slight higher cost. BTW, when I first got this card from newegg it had zero reviews. I'm satisfied regardless.

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  • AYE H.
  • 11/18/2011 11:06:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRuns great while looking awesome!

Pros: Where should I start? It runs great, cool, super quiet and fast. Sparkle has done a superb job on cooling and exterior look on these Calibre GTX 500 series cards...These Calibre cards must be like their crown jewels...lol....and it's packed like one.

The card is just so beautiful to look at. It's a total eyecandy. Even the box that it came in looks good. The pictures don't do justice. I sat and stared at it for a while before putting it in my pc....lol

It's whisper quiet also. No noise comes out of the two fans at all. And yes...they are spinning..lol All I hear is my case fans.

It works right out of the box. I put it in and loaded drivers from nVidia website....and got it up and running in no time.

I haven't had it for long...so I haven't tested a lot of games on it...but I tested Second Life and Left4Dead 2...They ran great. Although the water in SL flickers a bit for some reason...but I'm assuming it's the game or drivers..not the card.

Cons: Not really a con.......It's a bit expensive for a none ti version I think..but I knew I was paying extra for the look and cooling..so I shouldn't be complaining at all..lol

Other Thoughts: This is my first card from Sparkle and also my first nvidia card..So I just have to wait and see how long it will last and how well it will do with future games. So far I've noticed that it's not as fast as 2G HD6950 I have in my other pc running in eyefinity mode. I have three gaming rigs with similar specs...Two with AMD HD6850 and HD6950 respectively. And this one with nVidia 560 .... It though performs as good as HD6850..maybe a bit faster. I decided to venture into nVidia territory and build a nvidia machine just to see what's all the fuss about physX and cuda..etc...So far I'm very happy with what I'm seeing and the performance I'm getting. And did I say...it's a total eyecandy? I find myself wanting to sit and stare at it a lot! It goes perfectly well with my black gigarbyte board and White NZXT Source Elite case!

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