The product: The Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP card uses like any other new graphics card, more power than the PCI-E socket can deliver. The extra power is delivered trough a 6 pin PCI-e plug, which can be found on all new power supplies. The power input is located and the far end of the card.
Removing the cooler, we see the G94 core and the 8 RAM circuits, which has been placed around the core, and in total provides 512Mb GDDR3 RAM.
The last thing we’ll look at before testing the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP is the construction of the cooler. As mentioned before, this is a single-slot cooler. The cooler is made from cobber and aluminum and uses heatpipes. The cooler has direct contact with both RAM and the core on the card.
The test: To test the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP’s performance, we’ll use a number of benchmarks and games. 3dmark06 and 3dmark05 has been used, as well as the games Call of Juarez and Knights of the sea – both DX10 games.
In 3dmark06 and the two games, the Sparkle SF-PX96GT512D3-HP card will be tested in different resolutions and detail. We’ve chosen to test the card in the following setups.