Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3650 1GB
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Thanks to the dedication of hardcore PC gamers and a huge mod-community, the original Half-Life became one of the most successful first person shooters of all time. And thanks to an updated game engine, gorgeous visual, and intelligent weapon and level design, Half Life 2 became just as popular. Episode 2 offers a number of visual enhancements including better looking transparent texture anti-aliasing. These tests were run at resolutions of 1280 x 1024 and 1600 x 1200 with 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently. Color correction and HDR rendering were also enabled in the game engine as well. We used a custom recorded timedemo file to benchmark all cards in this test.
Thankfully, the Diamond HD 3650 1GB performs a bit better in actual gaming engines than in the synthetic 3DMark06 benchmark. The frame rates may not be outstanding by any means, but we're still looking at close to 30fps at both resolutions - and that's with four samples of Anti-Aliasing and Anistropic Filtering being applied to the rendering workload.