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SAPPHIRE 100238L Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 120 Stream Processors
  • 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2
  • AGP 4X/8X
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Mike P.
  • 1/25/2009 7:12:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbest bang for an agp card.

Pros: very very fast for an agp card. just make sure, which is almost impossible that your mobo is compatible with the hd series, age doesn't matter.

Cons: may prove incompatible with some agp boards. my pc with an 865pe chipset(3.0Ghz P4 w/HT) would not even boot with it installed, although another much older pc(1.7Ghz P4 Dell)would. Weird.

Other Thoughts: i wish incompatibilities like this were a little more known and or published, seems silly an agp card would not work on an agp board.

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  • Chip G.
  • 1/24/2009 12:01:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSapphire HD 3650 512MB AGP 4x/8x

Pros: Price.

Card seems to run GREAT after a long night of troubleshooting.

Cons: Driver support is hard to find. When I first installed it, everything ran really slow unless I turned off the "AGP Write" using the Catalyst Control Center. However, games would crash the driver.

After spending a solid 12 hours upgrading and downgrading the drivers, countless reboots, and searching every forum out there that mentions this card with no luck, I discovered a setting in the motherboard BIOS called "AGP Aperature Size". Several sites I found recommended setting that to 128MB (mine defaulted to 64MB). Since doing that everything runs fine and I re-enabled "AGP Write".

Installed Fallout 3 and it runs with video settings at High without any problems.

Other Thoughts: 1 thing to save you many hours of frustration:

"AGP Aperature Size = 128MB"

P4 3.4ghz
3 gigs RAM
585 watt PS
XP Pro

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/21/2009 3:22:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice card

Pros: Good amount of power for the price.
Doesn't drink that much from the PSU.
Stays nice and cool, even under load and at maximum OC.
Quiet.

Cons: You have to use Sapphire's drivers.

Other Thoughts: Although the driver has failed a few times, it can usually successfully recover and I can continue using my computer without a restart.

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  • Melvin M.
  • 1/16/2009 4:23:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGood AGP card

Pros: Excellent replacement for my FX 5500. DirectX 10 support. Had a slight hiccup with ATI Catalyst control, as I had to download Microsoft. Net Framework 2.0 -- just make sure your OS is up to date. I was worried about the reviews for this card but installation isn't bad at all, you just have to get the hotfix directly from Sapphire. Games look so much better, though it's obviously going to be better than the FX 5500. I get about an average of 30-40 fps in major cities in World of Warcraft, haven't gotten to test it on other games yet.

Cons: None, really. You just have to make sure that you get the hotfix directly from Sapphire.

Other Thoughts: For an old system that only has access to an AGP slot, you can't beat the price. The Radeon HD 3850 AGP is obviously better but if you're on a budget then this is a good way to go.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/17/2008 12:30:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: Price and specs not to bad, DX10 support

Cons: Kinda loud, driver support sucks you have to get them from sapphire and its only hotkey updates for catalyst control

Other Thoughts: Not to bad was nice for an update from my old nvidia 5x series noticed a decent jump in game play.

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  • Chris L.
  • 11/30/2008 11:06:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOK, not revolutionary

Pros: Nice card, worked fine from start. Used Hotfix update from Sapphire site. No problems.

Cons: Didn't change my life...I was hoping that it would do more, but actually--in my case--it is no better than the Radeon 9500 Pro it replaced. In some ways, it seems a little slower. Was hoping for more of an improvement to forestall the inevitable upgrade to a LGA775/PCI Express build.

Other Thoughts: P4 3.2, Antec 430 PS, XP, 2 Gbs ram.

By the way--the previous reviewer mentioned that the box says it requires 500 watts. That's odd, because my box clearly states "300 watt power supply" as a minimum. That's why I got this one over the 3850, which asks for more power. Maybe the 3850 is the one I should have gone for, given that I haven't seen an improvement over my 9500 Pro. In any event, a new build is in the offing--this card won't delay my upgrade as long as I would have hoped it would. Not the card's fault, though.

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  • Michael C.
  • 11/22/2008 10:02:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Card

Pros: Good card. plenty of speed for an agp. Given this cpu a little more life. plug in and run on startup. has three plugs for monitors and provided wires and one adaptor.

Cons: AGP video card. only gave a four rating because you have to go to the website to get the driver as well as going to micrsoftupdate for the net 3 software. Works fine after that though.

Other Thoughts: Not sure if it can run all types of video but at least this monitor. (acer al1916w, AMD64 3200+, Gigabyte k8 mobo, on an XP OS). haven't got to use the dx10.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/13/2008 7:33:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking fine

Pros: Good deal for the price.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Wasn't looking for bleeding-edge performance here so this fit the bill. The specs don't mention compatibility but it won't work on 2000. Does fine on XP though. Also didn't know until I got the box that they recommend a 500 watt power supply too. So far so good with my 400 watt.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/10/2008 7:09:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA New Hope

Pros: The card installed with no problems. The software that came with the card installed with no problems as well. However, I am still running old school XP Pro SP3. Card and computer is currently hooked to my 50" LCD TV through the DVI port. I now how the biggest monitor I have ever had. The tower has found a new home next to my TV and now visitors can surf the web whenever they like.

Cons: Doesn't seem to want to over clock. I've tried several times and it continues to revert back to the default. I'm hoping that Sapphire will come up with a fix for this soon.

Other Thoughts: This card has prolonged the inevitable for at least another year or so. I contemplated for months about getting another tower, but Vista puts a chill down my spine so I decided to upgrade my old tower. A decision I have yet to regret.

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  • Larry H.
  • 11/8/2008 12:51:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what I ask of it

Pros: I needed a new video card when I bought a 24" monitor and this seemed like it would do what I wanted. I don't do gaming so all I wanted was support for higher resolution and I got it. Videos play great as well.

Cons: Absolutely none.

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