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It has been a while since the launch of the Radeon HD3850/ HD3870 that had users raving over their bang for buck. Will the HD3650 follow in the footsteps of the HD3870? Join us as we take ASUS’ variant of the Radeon HD3650 for a benchmark or two and see if it is worth your red packet.

Although AMD had failed to snatch the performance crown from NVIDIA with the launch of their RV670 chipset a couple of months back, they certainly had users and enthusiasts raving over the bang-for-buck performance that the cards could provide. However, the arrival of the HD3000 series of cards have left their HD2400 and HD2600 dangling in no-mans-land without a refresh of its feature set. Fortunately for ATI, they have seen to this by announcing their Radeon HD3450 and HD3650 line to refresh the former graphics accelerator line with new features akin to their HD38XX line of cards.

The new card we have in the labs today is ASUS’ rendition of the Radeon HD3650 but with a difference. ASUS being ASUS, wouldn’t leave the new RV635Pro GPU alone and so the EAH3650 TOP we received is a factory overclocked version of the HD3650. Featuring a dual-slot cooler, a 128-bit wide memory bus and GDDR3 memory, the card certainly looks very promising on paper. We shall take the EAH3650 TOP and pit it against the competition and see if it would live up to the hype generated by its elder breathen.

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ASUS says it’s 10% faster!

Lets take a look at the basic specifications differences�before we move on.

Feature/ Model
HD3650/ 256MB
EAH3650 TOP/ 256MB

Gigabyte 8600GT/ 256MB

NVIDIA 8600GTS/ 256MB

Stream Processors
120
120

32 @ 1188MHz

32 @ 1450MHz

Transistors
378 Million
378 Million

289 million

289 million

Fabrication Process
55nm
55nm

80nm

80nm

Core Clock
725MHz
800MHz

600MHz

675MHz

Memory Clock
1.6GHz
1.8GHz

1.44GHz

2GHz

Memory Type
GDDR3
GDDR3

GDDR3

GDDR3

Memory Interface
128-bit
128-bit

128-bit

128-bit

System Bus Support
PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16

PCIe x16

PCIe x16

DirectX Support
10.1
10.1

10

10