Sapphire HD3650 Overclocked Video Card

smallThere are some people out there that want a decent performing video card that comes with a price that won’t put a huge dent in their pocket books. My soon to be wife is one of those folks that want to be able to play her games like the Sims and now and then she will venture into something that is a bit more graphic intensive. She also works a lot with video that comes via a multi-million dollar scope at her lab. Now Nvidia and AMD have solutions that could meet her needs. Each one of these companies has cards that can be represented in the decent performance at a great price point category. Coming from Nvidia, you have cards like the 8600 series and if you are an ATI fan then you have cards like the HD3650. Each card performs well for being in the under $100 price range.

smallThere are some people out there that want a decent performing video card that comes with a price that won’t put a huge dent in their pocket books. My soon to be wife is one of those folks that want to be able to play her games like the Sims and now and then she will venture into something that is a bit more graphic intensive. She also works a lot with video that comes via a multi-million dollar scope at her lab. Now Nvidia and AMD have solutions that could meet her needs. Each one of these companies has cards that can be represented in the decent performance at a great price point category. Coming from Nvidia, you have cards like the 8600 series and if you are an ATI fan then you have cards like the HD3650. Each card performs well for being in the under $100 price range.

 

Introduction

There are some people out there that want a decent performing video card that comes with a price that won’t put a huge dent in their pocket books. My soon to be wife is one of those folks that want to be able to play her games like the Sims and now and then she will venture into something that is a bit more graphic intensive. She also works a lot with video that comes via a multi-million dollar scope at her lab. Now Nvidia and AMD have solutions that could meet her needs. Each one of these companies has cards that can be represented in the decent performance at a great price point category. Coming from Nvidia, you have cards like the 8600 series and if you are an ATI fan then you have cards like the HD3650. Each card performs well for being in the under $100 price range.

Sapphire has been around long enough to know how to put out a great video card. Just a few weeks ago we took a long look at the Toxic 3870 which is an overclocked 3870 with a single slot cooling system. Yeah that was a good one. But now we are here to take a look at the budget HD3650 from Sapphire. But this budget card has an added punch to its core and memory clocks as it is overclocked as well, just like the Toxic 3870.

This Sapphire HD3650 card has all the features that you have heard about like the DX10, Shader 4.0 and 5.1 audio support. All this is fine and dandy but does it stack up to the competitor’s card? All that has to be seen. Read ahead and see how well it does.

What Sapphire has to say

Play the Vista™way! Ignite your imagination with the technology that makes distant worlds erupt with vibrant textures rendered in High-Definition clarity a reality. The SAPPHIRE HD3650 is Microsoft VISTA™ compatible with awesome power of 120 stream processing units, accelerates next generation DirectX® 10 games while remaining best in its price vs. performance class. Support for the latest Shader Model 4 boost the level of realism provided by the HD3650 to new heights and the available on board memory of 256MB or 512MB of DDR/GDDR ensures a smooth frame rate in all of today’s hot titles and applications. Enhance the way you play not the amount you pay.

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