Diamond Radeon HD3650 1GB Review :: Conclusion

05-07-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

The Diamond HD3650 1GB card is available online for a price of $120-140 USD. At that price point it competes with the 9600GT from NVIDIA and the HD3850 from ATI both superior video cards in performance. the main difference between the 512MB version and the 1GB version being the $30 price difference. The HTPC crowd might have taken a liking to this card due to its HDMI connection.

One technology that deserves mention is the xDNA that Diamond Multimedia is promoting as the only official multiple graphics card solution for NVIDIA motherboards such as nForce 500/600 to run Crossfire mode with up to 4 ATI video cards running at the same time. This is a good solution, but running four 3650s in Crossfire would probably be a bad idea, especially if you can get four 3850s for the same or near the same price.

The Diamond HD3650 1GB is not a bad card as it does support DirectX 10.1 features, meaning that you can play the latest and greatest games on the computer with full visual fidelity. The problem becomes, when price comes into play along with the performance of the card, the card just doesn’t cut the mustard. Another review of this card states that at $95 USD, this card is an ok buy and I would agree with that statement. At $130 online from various sources (Newegg, ZipZoomFly etc.) the card is not a good buy as there are better choices for your money.