Radeon HD 3650 Showdown - ASUS vs. HIS

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If you're at all into enthusiast computing, the highly anticipated single player demo of the hot, new, upcoming FPS smash-hit Crysis, should require no introduction. Crytek's game engine visuals are easily the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen on the computer screen to date.  The engine employs some of the latest techniques in 3D rendering like Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Subsurface Scattering, Motion Blur and Depth-of-Field effects, as well as some of the most impressive use of Shader technology we've seen yet.  In short, for those of you that want to skip the technical jib-jab, Crysis is HOT.  We ran the SP demo with all of the game's visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested.


The GeForce 8600 GTS has slightly lower speeds that the HD 3650, and only a 256MB buffer.  As such, it's one of the worst performers in Crysis.  Diamond's sample has the most memory, but anemic memory speeds, and it too suffers an untimely fate.  The remaining HD 3650s have similar speeds for both GPU and memory, but one, the ASUS EAH3650 has half the memory of the other two, causing it to fall back from 5-15% in frame rates.  HIS actually came out on top here, even though the speed differential should have caused this to fall into Sapphire's favor.

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