Sparkle ONE GTS 450 1GB OC Single Slot Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: February 27, 2011
Product Name: Sparkle ONE GTS 450 1GB OC
Part Number: SXS4501024D5SNMS
Warranty: 3 Years
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The Sparkle ONE GTS 450 OC Single Slot

Sparkle has two different lines: their standard series of products and the Calibre-branded cards which usually crank up the excitement to 11 by offering high overclocks and some wicked custom cooling solutions. The ONE series falls into the “standard” category but it still carries increase clock speeds but they haven’t been pushed enough to really affect performance numbers.

Much like the single slot card that rests within its protective confines, the box for the Sparkle ONE GTS 450 has been on a diet and is extremely slim. Inside rests the card along with a DVI to VGA dongle and a single 24” mini HDMI to HDMI adaptor.

Aside from the fact that it sports a single slot heatsink, Sparkle’s card uses a front-mounted fan which pushes air into one’s case. This kind of setup may cause some issues in smaller HTPCs since it runs contrary to a case’s natural airflow direction. Nonetheless, this is the only direction in which the hot air can go since there isn’t any space on the backplate for an exhaust grille.

Other than the change to this card’s heatsink design, Sparkle has decided to stick to NVIDIA’s reference design. The only real difference we could discern is a blue PCB replacing the standard green one.

Since the ONE sports a reference PCB, it’s 8 ¼” length mirrors that of standard card.

The backplate connector layout retains the dual DVI and single HDMI 1.4 configuration mirrors that of most other NVIDIA cards. However, the HDMI 1.4 connector does give this card an edge over AMD’s HD 5700 series which made due with HDMI 1.3 compatibility.

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