Cons: Within a week of installation I keep getting hardware freezes on my Dell E510 (I/O card parity interrupt at C000...). Googled the error and found several folks with various models of Dell computers with similar error codes with this ATI 3650-based card. I plan on replacing it with something else or returning to my original card.
Other Thoughts: I had a much older ATI that came with the computer. Maybe I just go back to OEM specs.
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3650 POWERCOLOR or NOT?
Pros: Comes with a Free Game, and video card worked out of the box.
Cons: The supplied driver disc installs fine, but shows in Windows 7RC that your are running a HD2400PRO. After downloading latest drivers from ATI's website, its shows up as a 3600 Series Video Card. So is this a real 3650 or a 2400PRO with updated Bios/Software? I think my guess is its a HD2400PRO only because if you go to GPU-REVIEW's website they show that a HD3650 has 25gigs of memory bandwidth and a HD2400PRO has about 10gigs of memory bandwidth. After running GPU-Z on my card (this card) it shows that this card has 10gigs of memory bandwidth... That is why I think its a rewritten 2400PRO...
Other Thoughts: I guess I will keep this card and the free game, just a little annoyed that the card doesn't match the specs that GPU-REVIEWS website states that a HD3650 should have.
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Decent Inexpensive Card
Pros: Looking for a cheap but decent card when I bought this for a used PC I'm giving to a friend. Lots of RAM (512 MB) and no active cooling necessary. Quiet card, low power usage (no extra power plug needed, this card gets all it's power from the PCI-e slot on the motherboard).
Cons: Not very fast. I could not find comparison charts of this one with my old Radeon X1950Pro, and being newer, smaller, and with so much RAM I thought this card would be faster. Turns out in actual benchmarks on my PC, my old 1950 Pro was significantly faster than this card, but then this card is half the size, draws MUCH less power, and is quieter.
Other Thoughts: Nice card for someone on a power-usage budget or who doesn't have a need for powerful graphics. For someone who can't afford much, or who won't play the latest, very demanding games, but needs a decent video card nonetheless.
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“Looking for a cheap but decent card when I bought this for a used PC I'm giving to a friend. Lots of RAM (512 MB) ...”— Mike B. 9/26/2009
“Comes with a Free Game, and video card worked out of the box.”— STAN THE GREAT 10/15/2009