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So not everyone needs to have a ridiculous, over-the-top, extremely expensive, high-end, heat producing, energy consuming video card. Some people need something simple that gets to the point. Well this graphics card lets you output some nice HD video content (some 720p some 1080p) some HDTV, some Blue-ray, stuff like that. You really don't need a big card. You don't need a dual slot 10.5" Dual-Link DVI 2560 x 1600 card. You just need one of these.
It's got a nice active cooler, you could probably get away with a passive cooler that would be a little bit bigger, but they put a fan on there. It's extremely quiet and you can barely hear it which is always a good thing.
The 3650 has been around for a while and you can get an overclocked version from Visiontek, but in my opinion this is actually better.
Before buying this card take a look at the bus, make sure you get the right one. There is a PCI Express version but also an AGP one. It is PCI Express 2.0. It's the latest and it's the 1 Gigabyte version, so it's actually got 1 GB of DDR2 as the frame buffer. On the back of the card there are dual link DVI's (2500X1600) and also there's a 7 pin S-video located in the centre.
The GPU is clocked to 725MHz. It is ATI so it is also 725MHz on the shaders, of which there are 320. 128-Bit memory interface, 8 texture units, 4 ROP's (Raster Operators). Something that I wondered when I unboxed this graphics card was where the power goes...NO POWER! Nice and simple. You don't even need to have a PCI express connector to go on here, 6-pin or 8-pin. Don't need it. You slide this in and it turns on. It supports crossfire, it supports direct X 10.1, it supports shader model 4.0. It even supports the latest GL 2.1, Open GL 2.1.
In the box also includes a VGA to DVI dongle, an S-Video 7 Pin to composite (so if you want to go to an old television to play a game this comes in handy).
So if you don't need a ridiculous video card, you're just playing some simple games. The HD 3650 is very affordable, completely silent, doesn't produce a lot of heat and they don't waste a lot of electricity. A really nice budget card. I definately reccomend this! :)
This isn't the most powerful graphics card on the market. But it does what I want it to do well. I play games such as Oblivion and Rome: Total War, and I've never experience lagging due to the graphics card. It ranks fairly highly on chipset comparisons, and gives a perfectly good framerate with graphics settings set to the middle. On low, it runs with a high framerate; this is the setting I normally use, because for me, as long as my game a) doesn't look like it was made in the 80s with square people and b) doesn't lag, I'm happy. It does its job well in this respect. I'm sure it could be pushed a bit harder, but the laptop I use has a tendency to overheat so I avoid extra work where possible.
With 1024MB of dedicated memory, it can indeed handle basically anything you throw at it, as long as you're reasonable. It can even "borrow" some of your computer's RAM, taking the graphics memory up to 1791MB. It's a capable card, but it does have its disadvantages for me.
Now, I'm not sure what precisely causes this, but whenever I run graphics-heavy programs, the laptop's internal temperature skyrockets. Whether this is simply due to the increased workload on the graphics card, or poor ventilation, or both, it does get really quite hot. I'd advise making sure you have a decent cooling system in your system if you're using this card.
To sum up: It's perfectly capable of doing what I ask it to do, and it's a reasonable price, too. It has enough memory to do what it needs to do. If you're looking for something which is incredibly powerful, look for something more expensive. But if you're on a budget, then I think this will do nicely.