Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3650 1GB - HotHardware

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3650 1GB

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Diamond's Viper HD 3650 1GB is small and compact like most of the other models out there, unburdened by large heatsinks, fans, etc.  With its emphasis on price and low power consumption, the smaller footprint of this card makes it ripe for using in the close quarters of a SFF or other Home Theater oriented PC where high-res gaming is not a primary concern.

  

The front and back of the card is mostly left open - very little in the way of power regulation or other circuitry is visible.  Ruby appears to be relaxing a bit on the graphic label stickered over the rear-mounted heatsink/fan.  It's almost as if she was taking a breather from the typical strenous output she deals with in the upper end HD38xx models.  Quite noticeable is the lack of both CrossFire and power connectors, as this Radeon HD 3650's CrossFire and power is supplied by the PCI-Express slot.  

     

The heatsink and fan are quite small, mounted over the RV635 and the four memory chips located on the front.  As the HD 3650 consumes little power compared to some of the more powerful cards, it generates a lot less heat and doesn't need a heavy-duty solution.  Of course, the profile is quite slim and only requires a single slot in your chassis for installation.  Small thermal pads connect the heatsink to the memory ICs below.

     

The remaining four memory chips reside on the backside of the card, uncooled, surrounding a metal bracket used to hold down the heatsink.  The memory consists of Hynix DDR2, and is rated for 2.5ns operation at CAS settings of 6-6-6.  This is most definitely not the most expensive RAM floating around, and a perfect fit for Diamond when adding an entire gigabyte.  The bracket features three kinds of video connections: VGA, DVI, and HDMI.  These should cover almost all users current needs for connecting their PC to a monitor.

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Oh god... it's exactly what I expected.  I seem to recall specifically laughing at the concept of 1GB 3650's in another thread here.  It's a silly marketting gimmick and it also shows why it's important to avoid anything slower than GDDR3 memory.  Aye caramba.  Stuff like this actually annoys me.  Words cannot quite describe the feeling... disappointment with some anger.  It's almost bloated, but it's more like it's just a waste of such potential.

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 it exceeded my expectations (negativly) too much memory on a slow gpu decrease performance further ( like the radeon 9800). although honestly, it could be the drivers that limit the speed on this card, but if it is i dont see performance improve so much to make this card take the lead. nice to see diamond back though but this card isnt the beast i was expecting it to be. 

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This is just like the MHz race of years past. All this is for are for the people who only know how to turn a computer on a run MS Word and iTunes. Just like in the MHz wars all these people know is a bigger number is better so to market to these people they give them a bigger number to oogle at. And just like in the MHz wars these people don't know the drawbacks of haveing just a bigger number without factoring in other variables.

Next up we will sell you a Geo Metro with 50" tires.....bigger number is better. But if enough people buy the card because it has a bigger number on the box and makes it profitable to do so then I guess thats good marketing. For those of us "in the know" we know better than to judge a book by it's bigger number.

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That was a very interesting review...one of the rare cases where throwing more memory at it failed to speed things up. Heck, it even slowed things down! 

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Super Dave:
That was a very interesting review...one of the rare cases where throwing more memory at it failed to speed things up. Heck, it even slowed things down! 


not to argue or flame, but this isnt really that rare, alot of times if a thrid party manufacterer goes and adds more memory than recomended the board will see no benifit, or decrease in speed. of course though if a manufacterer makes a 256 and 512 version the 512 *might* be faster but its 99.9% never faster when going over the manufacterer's rating... (i hope this post makes sense... ) 

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It is one hell of a marketting thing though.  I bet if they had 1.5GB 8800GTX's, people would have paid an even higher premium for them.  Yet that extra memory would never have been used.  I only hope that people do some simple research on the interweb before purchasing.  It really is as easy as searching for "Diamond Radeon 3850 1GB review" on Google.  I spend days and hours just going through dozens of reviews before I commit to a new video card, but people should at least go through one.

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Crisis Causer:

It is one hell of a marketting thing though.  I bet if they had 1.5GB 8800GTX's, people would have paid an even higher premium for them.  Yet that extra memory would never have been used.  I only hope that people do some simple research on the interweb before purchasing.  It really is as easy as searching for "Diamond Radeon 3850 1GB review" on Google.  I spend days and hours just going through dozens of reviews before I commit to a new video card, but people should at least go through one.



i completly agree, i literally spends days and hours looking at reviews (even though i dont have money to buy anything ) and before i buy anything over 100, i make sure it is the best thing i can get for my money.

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