The Release of Two 3D Graphics Cards from Sparkle Computer

Sparkle Computer, a Taiwanese supplier of graphics solutions and consumer electronics, has released two 3D graphics cards simultaneously. The two models have been codenamed Calibre X680 Captain and Calibre X670 Captain. Both cards are based on Nvidia GK104 GPUs developed under 28 nm standards. The chief peculiarity of the products is the integration of extraordinary cooler CoolPro; the uncommonness is seen in the localization of three fans that found their places under the radiator. This radiator is connected with the base, which is in direct touch with GPU, by means of six heat pipes.



Calibre X680 Captain and Calibre X670 Captain are equipped with DisplayPort, DVI, DVI-D, and HDMI video outputs. Graphics cards employ PCI Express 3.0 interface and support DirextX 11 interface, as well as, such Nvidia technologies as CUDA, PhysX, 3D Vision, and 3D Vision Surround. They are also notable for the availability of eight-phase voltage regulators and the enhanced depth of ground on the …

Graphics Card HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X Review

The number of graphics solutions designed by HIS cannot be figured from a cursory calculation only. Indeed, the company's product line counts dozens of cards destined at various audiences, with various needs and budgets. Take HIS HD 7850 series alone: it consists of ten models (three with 1GB memory and seven with 2GB memory). The latest HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X belongs to '2GB echelon' and is distinguished by the heightened GPU and memory frequency. Upon the whole, this graphics adapter features outstanding cooling and overclocking facilities.



Design and PCB


Graphics adapter HIS 7850 IceQ X Turbo X is a standard representative of the second HD 7850 revision. It is housed on a short printed circuit board and is equipped with only a single power socket, two heatpipes and a large fan. HIS developers advanced the heatpipes outside the board to elongate its contours; nevertheless, this card can't be considered voluminous, since its width hasn't been touched at all. The top part …

Sharkoon Unveils WPM V2 Power Supplies

Sharkoon Technologies GmbH has expanded its line of PC products with a new series of power supply units, codenamed WPM V2. The series comprises four ATX V2.3 models of 700 W, 600 W, 500 W, and 400 W capacity. All the new-comers are peculiar by a high efficiency level (more than 80%) and a partially modular design. The company promises to release the series into the European market in the short run. Presumably, the retail price will make up 39.99 EUR.



Sharkoon WPM V2 is equipped with all necessary cables to provide sufficient power to the key system components. This list includes one 24-pin connector, one 4+4-pin connector, two 6+2-pin connectors, one floppy connector, six SATA connectors, and five PATA connectors. All PSUs employ a single +12V bus, accompanied by Active PFC. Cooling of internal components is assigned to a low-noise 140 mm fan that efficiently dissipates heat.


One of the most striking peculiarities is reduced power consumption. Herein, in standby mode the …
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