Sapphire Radeon HD 3650 GDDR3 512MB Review
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Sapphire takes on the AMD Radeon HD 3650
Oddly enough, this is our first look at AMD's Radeon HD 3650 GPU since its introduction in January of 2008. The GPU is essentially a cut down version of the RV670 technology and a very light upgrade over AMD's previous mid-range products, the Radeon HD 2600-series. With prices ranging from $60-$120 the HD 3650 is the last line of products before jumping up to the HD 3850 line of cards making it a great review subject and interesting option for users looking for incredibly affordable gaming.
Our first review of the GPU comes courtesy of Sapphire with a slightly overclocked HD 3650 card.
The Radeon HD 3650 GPU
As mentioned above the HD 3650 GPU, otherwise known as the RV635, is a completely new chip spin but is based on the RV670 design that started AMD's entry into the 55nm process technology for GPUs. The below table gives us a good comparison of the new HD 3650 with AMD's previous line up of HD 2600 mid-range cards.
Sapphire's take: HD 3650 GDDR3 512MB
Sapphire is one of AMD's key partners when it comes to graphics boards and they have traditionally pushed the boundaries for better performing parts than reference designs.
You can also see along the top of the board that the HD 3650 has full support for CrossFireX and you can combine this GPU with as many as three more for quad-CrossFire configuration.
Sapphire has as good collection of extras in the box with such a low cost graphics card; you get a DVI-to-VGA and DVI-to-HDMI adaptor as well as the HDTV dongle we mentioned above and even an S-Video to composite video plug. You get a single CrossFire cable that will allow you to pair this card with another of similar performance as well as some PowerDVD software and drivers.
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