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Hey there all,

Recent Build... I had an HD radeon 6950 (Unlocked Shaders, and OC'd) but hated the results I was seeing with the Radeon. I swapped it out with a Sparkle Calibre x580 card. LOVE this card. The difference in the quality is amazing.

My question is, I don't see alot about the Sparkle Calibre x580? I found a review or two from when the card was first announced, but I dont even see much on any site I can find about owners reviews, opinions etc...

Is this considered a good 580? I know it's clocked higher then most I had found or the normal GTX580's. It's cooler is dead silent and temps are perfect.

I'm just confused at what I think is a very good 580 card, but not many people have it?

thanks for the input in advance...
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I would assume because it is very pricy..you can buy an on-sale 580 and put an AXP cooler on it for cheaper, or you can even buy a different AXP cooled card for cheaper..

For example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...xy%20GTX%20580

$443 after MIR on this one, has it's cons (Galaxy), but price is right.
Edited by BlahBlahBlah - 3/28/11 at 9:18am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah View Post
I would assume because it is very pricy..you can buy an on-sale 580 and put an AXP cooler on it for cheaper, or you can even buy a different AXP cooled card for cheaper..

For example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...xy%20GTX%20580

$443 after MIR on this one, has it's cons (Galaxy), but price is right.
I have that very card in the Newegg link. It is awesome. Runs Civ 5 at max everything on a fully exposed huge map with 1,334MB of Vram in uses, and the temp is 47C. Idle is only 26C. Oblivion maxed out is 35C. I know it is an old game, but still looks nice.
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Wow,

With some of the review and comments I am reading about the Galaxy, I'm glad I went with the Sparkle. Besides the fact that the Factory Overclock from Calibre is higher then the Galaxy and I'm not going to really have to play with it all that much if any i'm glad I went the route I did.
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Originally Posted by Gromet View Post
Wow,

With some of the review and comments I am reading about the Galaxy, I'm glad I went with the Sparkle. Besides the fact that the Factory Overclock from Calibre is higher then the Galaxy and I'm not going to really have to play with it all that much if any i'm glad I went the route I did.
Yup Galaxy seems a bit sketchy..I don't think many people would put much weight towards the stock overclock values but it is a bit troubling when you can't reach your manufacturer for RMA and support.

That being said..cheap card o.o
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My Galaxy gtx580 was worth it, it included a blackplate(which the sparkle one didnt) thats what sold me on it_ The sparkle was nice(but overpriced)

I like to do all the overclocking myself(buying factory overclock cards is just wasteful spending IMO)
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Sparkle doesn't like to give these cards out to reviewers. When the 480 Calibre's were released I searched hi and low for reviews. After 3-4 days of searching I bit the bullet and picked up two. So glad I did. The best cards going. Keeping 480's cool and quiet is no easy task. The AXP does it to mythological proportions. I had to plan my build around fitting two 3 slot cards but it was soo worth it.

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I'm just confused at what I think is a very good 580 card, but not many people have it?
Very few want a 3 slot card. Hopefully the ASUS DirectCU II will make 3 slotters more mainstream. The 590 and 6990 definitely should have been 3 slot coolers.
Edited by Draygonn - 3/28/11 at 5:36pm
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I LOVE my x580 and I have hit great OCs with it stable. Buy 1 or 2 if you can afford them.
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