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SAPPHIRE 100288L Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-Bit DDR2 AGP 8X HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 320 Stream Processors
  • 1GB 128-Bit DDR2
  • AGP 8X
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Christopher B.
  • 10/9/2012 9:06:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Plug and play install. Installed drivers from cd. Working great in Windows XP. Great for adding some life to an old machine.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Tested in Shuttle SB61G2R Reflexion (tight fit but does work fine) and on an Abit IC7-G. No issues whatsoever.

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  • Chris G.
  • 8/27/2011 5:43:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood card but takes some work

Pros: Works great once set up. I replaced a failing HD2600XT with this card. Hopefully this is the last AGP card I will every buy. Got this to keep the old girl kicking while I saved up for a new computer.

Cons: Hard to set up. What I finally ended up doing is using drive sweeper to remove anything ATI and remove all ATI programs and then I downloaded AGP hotfix 11.8 and installed it and every thing worked great.

Other Thoughts: The software should come with something like drive sweeper to clean the system first. AMD/ATI has better hardware but Nvidia has better drivers.

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  • Greg B.
  • 8/5/2011 7:15:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Fine

Pros: Followed directions and installation was a snap. Replaced my older 5700 Ultra Nvidia card which still worked fine. Frame rates are double the 5700 Ultra. Not as good as online benchmarks indicated, but, adequate. Video quality is excellent. Installed on Windows XP service pack 3.

Cons: I blindly bought it from Newegg and then I saw it at another retailer, the same day, for a lot less.

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  • Scott D.
  • 6/14/2011 11:37:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCaution Weak W7-64 Drivers

Pros: Well priced card, looks solid and probably a strong performer (could not verify though due to driver problems - see cons).

Cons: I could not get drivers to install correctly in Windows 7 - 64 bit despite several hours of internet research and a clean W7 install. My attempts included the latest available updates from AMD/ATI. I would strongly advise caution to those wanting to run on W7-64bit and for other platforms I recommend doing some research before buying. I would ask "Why buy problems?".

Other Thoughts: In my experience ATI drivers have been weak for way too many years, including several prior to the acquisition of ATI by AMD. I can only conclude the software (ie the drivers) is not a priority for this hardware company. And yet the software is a requirement in order for a customer to get value from the hardware. Go figure.

I have become fairly adept at solving driver problems over the years ... unfortunately .. and also far less willing to spend time solving what I consider to be the supplier's problems. I have simply reached my time limit on this card ... and probably ATI for that matter. I would not hesitate to consider another Sapphire card based on different (non-ATI) technology. My buying experience with Newegg was exactly what I expected - predictable and troublefree as usual.

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  • Ryan K.
  • 6/9/2011 11:58:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Great performance

Cons: None

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  • Andrew S.
  • 6/7/2011 3:08:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHits the sweet spots

Pros: - moderately priced, NewEgg's price beats any competitor's, as well as any online-auction sellers (can't use the "e" word), offering this card
- easy swap for PC's with existing ATI AGP video cards
- low power draw
- runs cool and quiet
- good accessories bundle (DVI-VGA connector, DVI-HDMI connector, RGB breakout connector, RCA gender changer (for RGB breakout), 4-pin Molex to 6-pin PCI-e cable

Cons: - no DX10 support in WinXP (blame MS)
- weird choice of power connector. most AGP-based PC's will not have a PCI-E connector on their PSU so why not just build on a standard 4-pin Molex connector? Better yet, why bother at all when the AGP 8x bus can supply 75W and this card's max draw is 48W?
- Catalyst Control Center had to be manually installed
- Extremely sparse User's Guide (2 tiny pages) with poor instructions,
i. no advice to disable existing AGP adapter, remove drivers and CCC before installing new card (these are a MUST for a smooth swap),
ii. advises to check for updated drivers (DO NOT follow that instruction, the drivers on the Cd are as good as it get for WinXP)

Other Thoughts: If you need to upgrade an aging AGP-bussed PC, this is a good choice. The price is better than any competitive product from Team Green. The low power draw (max 48W) allows a small quiet fan to keep the heat down. Does a very nice job on smoothing video for my home security PC (Abit NF-7 mainboard, Athlon XP-M 2400+ (@2.7 GHz), 2 GB Mushkin EV PC-3200, 2 x WD Caviar EIDE 160 GB (Raid 0) + NSS, WinXP sp3). Install was dead simple:
1. Disable dying 1650 Pro in Control Panel>Hardware>Display Adapters,
2. Remove drivers and Catalyst CC with Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs,
3. Power down PC,
4. Remove old card/ install new card,
5. Power up PC,
6. Insert Driver CD when prompted by the "Found New Hardware Wizard,
7. Install drivers, dlls and other files,
8. Click on DVD icon to open CD and install Catalyst CC :(
9. Run ATiTrayTools to benchmark and verify correct operation,
10. Smile that you've given an old warrior a life extension.

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  • John B.
  • 5/15/2011 6:46:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect upgrade for Radeon 9600 Pro

Pros: Installation was extremely simple. Just follow the quick instructions in the manual. I had zero problems of any kind.

Cons: None noted.

Other Thoughts: My ancient 9600 Pro was losing its ability to run games that it used to handle OK, such as Source Engine stuff. Plus, the fan was going (for the second time). The Sapphire HD 4650 AGP was the perfect and inexpensive upgrade for this otherwise good old machine.

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  • CORY B.
  • 4/27/2011 11:53:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBlue Screen Of Death anyone?

Pros: 2 DVI outputs and nice accessories included such as DVI-HDMI adapter, DVI-VGA adapter, S-Video-Component adapter

Cons: HDMI will not carry audio with video as in other cards/computers. Can't adjust the HDMI outputted screen's size to fit TV.

Other Thoughts: Windows 7 gave me BSOD about 30 times when trying to install. Took me about 4 weeks to finally get it working.
The trick: Windows 7 will automatically install drivers for the card after it's installed and will prompt you to reboot. DO NOT REBOOT! This will start the BSOD and you won't be able to use your computer with this card.
Instead you must find and delete all the drivers that Windows 7 automatically installed, and then install the app and drivers from the CD/DVD that came with the card.
I removed ALL drivers that began with "ATI..." in the file name and every driver that had Company ATI. Also delete ones that start with "AMD..." and display ATI as the company when hovering over the file.
All files should be in C:windows & c:windows/system32.
After you delete all drivers and install from CD and reboot, you shouldn't get the BSOD.
It worked for me anyway!

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  • Richard J.
  • 4/7/2011 5:45:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Drivers

Pros: Price and amount of memory if I could have got it to work.

Cons: Horrible drivers. Could not get it to work without crashing and BSOD. Tried numerous drivers, upgraded my PSU, must have tried 20-25 combinations and kept crashing while playing youtube videos/ and other videos. Many websites list the infinite loop problem I had with no help or correction of drivers from ATI. Bought an Nvidia card from Newegg to replace it.

Other Thoughts: Fantastic customer service experience from Newegg for return.

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  • Michael B.
  • 3/31/2011 5:02:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAbandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here

Pros: When the card actually works, it works beautifully. Since I don't like working on my laptop, I bought this card to replace a dead Nvidia video card for my Dell Dimension 4600. It certainly breathed new life into an old machine. DVD movies looked wonderful, and although I don't play many games, the games I did play looked magnificent for such an old computer.

Cons: While ATI can build a nice video card, they cannot write functional drivers or installation programs to save their lives. Unless you have above-average tech savviness, DO NOT EVER ATTEMPT TO INSTALL AN ATI DRIVER PACKAGE THAT IS NOT ON A DISC. Unless you're up for a challenge, that is.

My card worked well for a month, but then the troubles set in. Ati2dvag.dll infinite loop errors. Random computer crashes. Not-so-random computer crashes caused by flash videos (think Youtube, videos on The Daily Show's website, etc.). Random crashes while playing games. Random crashes while browsing the web and while working in Word and Excel. I've seen more Blue Screens of Death in the past 48 hours than I've seen over the lifespan of this computer. Several times over.

If you buy this card, be prepared to spend significant chunks of time doing research, uninstalling, and reinstalling drivers. As an added bonus, ATI seemingly cannot write a setup/installation program that actually launch

Other Thoughts: AGP video cards were on the way out years ago. The main reason people buy them today is extend the lifespan of otherwise perfectly functional computers. None of us go into the AGP video card market looking for bleeding edge graphics. No, what we need is solid functionality.

ATI simply cannot provide a video card and video card software that just works. That's all we need: something that works and something that is reliable.

ATI just cannot deliver. Instead, spend your money on Nvidia video cards. You'll save yourself a few gray hairs and much needless frustration.

As for me, I'm as stubborn as a bull. I'll find a way to get this card to work. Eventually.

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