When AMD launched the RV670 GPU at the heart of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 series of products, they received quite a bit of fanfare due to the product's competitive prices, strong performance, and more manageable power profiles. One of the main reasons AMD was able to bring the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 to market with these attributes was because the company had migrated their GPUs to a relatively more advanced 55nm process technology. Manufacturing the GPUs at 55nm meant they were more economical to produce, required less power than the previous generation, and could run at higher clock speeds.
AMD didn’t stop there, however. They have since taken the very same design principles that brought forth the RV670 and used them for a couple of new mainstream and entry-level GPUs. Today AMD is officially unveiling the Radeon HD 3650 and the Radeon HD 3450 / 3470, which are based on the 55nm RV635 and RV620 GPUs, respectively. Like the RV670 that came before them, the RV635 and RV620 are competitively priced DirectX 10.1 compliant GPUs that offer full UVD support.
We’ve got the top of the line Radeon HD 3650 in house and have put it through the wringer with some of today’s hottest games and video tests. Click the link below to see just how AMD’s new sub-$100 mainstream graphics card performed in our battery of tests...ATI Radeon HD 3650 and 3450 / 3470 Launched
Uses a little less power than the 2600XT, performs the same, should cost a little less. More like a revision than a successor, but definitely the card to go to for under $99. It's no match for a 8600GTS however. The 8600GT, slightly slower, is also under $99. It may outperform the 3650 as well. But these should use a little less power, which is nice.
Multiple version with the same name is stupid. Should call the slower ones 3630 or something. They are really gonna put 1gb of memory on a card like this? What a waste. And it'll run at only 1000Mhz... eek. If the 256mb real 1.6ghz version sells for $79 it will be king, but if that's the $99 one forget about it imo and grab a 8600GT if it's faster. Do you have a 8600GT to bench? I'm curious as to which is better.
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