In our last review we took a look at a new power supply product line from Sparkle Computer Corp, the Gold Series 1250W
, however they are perhaps best known for their nVidia-based graphics cards. To that end they have also sent over one of their latest video card creations, a version of the popular GTS 250 graphics chipset. This is the same G92 series core that first appeared in the 8800GT and continued in use through the early 9600GSO, 9800GT, GTX and GTX+ cards, finally to end up as the GTS 250. Over its lifespan the G92 has gone through a die shrink from 65nm to 55nm, which helped to result in less power usage and lower temperatures. Sparkle has taken that concept to a whole new level with a low power, low profile version of the GTS 250 designed for use as a home theater PC component.
Available with either 512Mb or 1024Mb memory, the SXS2501024D3LNM we have for review sports the larger 1Gb GDDR3 capacity. Lacking the full size GTS 250 version's second DVI port, SLI connector and dual PCI-E power connectors, the LP card also uses slightly lower clocks of 600MHz core, 900MHz memory and 1566MHz shader compared to the 738/1100/1836MHz of its bigger brother. The card still features 128 stream processors and a 256bit memory interface, as well as support for the rest of the important stuff like nVidia PhysX and CUDA technologies, DirectX 10, PureVideo HD and OpenGL.
Join me as I take a closer look at the Sparkle Green Power GTS 250 LP.