Powercolor HD3650 Extreme PCS Edition

The card - close up

The card itself - Powercolor HD3650 Extreme PCS Edition
The card itself looks pretty decent with the usual ATI red PCB and an great looking black cooler. The card is very compact and certainly won't crowd your case, unlike the higher end cards.
powercolor hd3850  hd3650 rear card
As I said, the card is a good looking little beast.
ddr3 hd3650
As I have stated previously in the article, the Powercolor card comes equipped with a generous 512mb GDDR3 comprised of 8 x 64mb Samsung K4J52324QE-BJ1A DDR3 chips capable of 1000MHz (2000MHz).
DVI out
 The card has two Dual-Link DVI outputs and a TV-out. The HD3650 is HDCP compatible and so capable of outputting to an HDCP enabled HDTV. Also of note is the fact that these cards also natively support DisplayPort, so expect to see some examples cropping up soon.
The cooler
The cooler on the Powercolor HD3650 Extreme PCS is an excellent little heatsink/fan combo. Keeping the GPU at 20°C idle (remember this is clocked down to 300MHz using AMD's power saving technology) and a fantastic 39°C 100% load, you can't really ask for more.
fan  cooler
Couple this with the fact that the fan is whisper quiet and never ever gets ramped up, you are onto a winner.
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Most Recent Comments

26-01-2008, 16:13:55

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.Quote

26-01-2008, 19:09:43

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.


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.Quote

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