Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB

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Performance Analysis and Conclusion

Performance Analysis:  Considering its low price, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 competed well in the benchmarks.  In 3DMark06, the card stay one step behind the Radeon 2600XT, but couldn't quite catch the more expensive GeForce 8600GTS.  With Company of Heroes, F.E.A.R. and Prey, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 was capable of decent gaming at 1024x768 and even performed well at 1280x1024 with Prey, but higher resolutions were not realistic.  Crysis proved to be a challenge for all three cards tested and was not something users will want to attempt with budget class cards.

For those looking for a good entry level video card for casual gaming that offers excellent video output options, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB graphics card is a good option.  With support for HMDI, HDTV and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD, the card is a great candidate for those looking to build a multimedia PC.  The card is a low power solution that is virtually silent under normal operation and is relatively quiet under heavy load.  It's size will also be attractive with its short PCB.  Built with a 55nm process, the RV635 is a low power solution that proved to reduce power consumption nicely during periods of load as we noted in our launch article, where we recorded a 10w decrease compared to a Radeon 2600 XT.

The biggest consideration is price vs. performance.  The Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 512MB weighs in at an extremely reasonable price of $79.99 while the Radeon 2600XT we used in this review will set you back $140.  The next best offering is the GeForce 8600GTS which retails for $92.99.  All in all, this is a very well rounded product that comes in with a low price tag yet can compete well in terms of features with other mid-range offerings.

If you are looking for an economical graphics solution for casual gaming that offers support for all current High Definition Video technologies, the
Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 is tough to ignore.  It's the perfect candidate for a HTPC where low power and low noise is strongly desired.  For light gamers, one card will do the trick, but at the price, you could get two and easily top the performance of a Radeon 2600XT for a mere $20 more.  No matter how you look at it, the
Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 is an attractive option if you are shopping for a decent entry level graphics card.

  • Decent Performance for Price
  • Great Image Quality
  • Solid Supporting Bundle
  • 512MB Frame Buffer
  • Quiet
  • No Overdrive

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