Sparkle launches X460G

Sparkle has taken the wraps off its latest entry into the graphics card market, the Calibre X460G - which includes an Accelero cooling system featuring a pair of 92mm fans.

Designed to keep the card cool under any circumstances - with a performance boost of 12 per cent over the stock cooler, according to Sparkle - the Accelero system has been available as an aftermarket add-on for some time, but with the Calibre X460G Sparkle is targeting the enthusiast who wants top-drawer cooling without the risk of voiding their warranty.

Featuring a pair of 92mm fans with pulse-width modulation speed control, the gigantic aluminium heatsink is connected to the GPU by four 6mm copper heatpipes - providing the improved performance that Sparkle lays claim to over the stock cooling system. The increased size of the fans also means that they can run slower when things aren't quite so toasty, providing a quieter experience than coolers based on 80mm or smaller fans.

Under the neat - but massive - cooling system is a fairly standard Nvidia GTX 460 chipset, with 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 3900MHz, a 790MHz core GPU clock, and 336 stream processors running at 1580MHz. Connectivity is offered over a pair of dual-link DVI-I connectors, or an HDMI 1.4a-compliant mini-HDMI port - which can also carry 7.1 channel HD audio.

If you've got room in your rig for a pair of the cards, Sparkle says that an SLI configuration supports Nvidia's 3D Vision technology to spread your game across three displays in full 3D glory at resolutions of up to 5760 x 1080. Two-dimensional gaming can be achieved on three displays of up to 2560 x 1600, if you remain unconvinced as to the benefits of a third dimension.

Sadly, Sparkle has yet to confirm pricing - although as it's aiming for an October launch, we won't have long to wait to find out.