Powercolor HD3650 Extreme PCS Edition

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
The HD3650 is a good solid low-mid range card that should do well in terms of sale figures for AMD. With PCI-e 2.0 support as well as a whole host of little extra features such as power saving and possible DisplayPort support, the HD3650 just edges it over the slightly faster 8600 GT.
 
The range are also to be considered excellent value for money, starting at around £46 at time of release, the card tested is set at  around £65.
 
I think the Powercolor HD3650 Extreme PCS deserves an Overclock3D "Recommended" Award, although had it been a slightly cheaper version I would be adding a "value for Money" tag as well.
 
recommended award 
 
The Good
 
+ Great performance for a low-end card
+ Excellent DirectX support
+ Great looking
+ Cool as a cucumber
+ Quiet
 
The Mediocre
 
* Outperformed by a fast 8600 GT in most things
 
The Bad
 
- This higher end version slightly out of low-mid price-range
 
Thanks to Powercolor for the review sample
 
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Most Recent Comments

26-01-2008, 09:37:13

FarFarAway
We previewed it the other day, now it's your turn to read the whole review:

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...122158662s.jpg

Clicky

26-01-2008, 11:13:55

PV5150
Not a bad little card at all Kemp, I was very surprised at the performance. It's a pity that it's slightly higher priced because by the time e-tailers add their various profit margins to it the 8600 GT becomes a winner in both performance and price. Regardless, what an insanely cool running card.

26-01-2008, 14:09:43

markkleb
I think the market will price it a bit lower after a while. I read in another article that current draw was about 75 watts (quite a bit more than the 8600GT)

I notice the 2 connections for the bridge, I thought how cool to run 3 or 4 of them.

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m...crossfirex.jpg

I realize the drivers arent the best now but I just think its so cool to see the 4 cards, not to mention no power pigtails needed either.
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