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Diamond HD 3650 PE 512 Radeon HD 3650 Videocard Review
Diamond HD 3650 PE 512 Radeon HD 3650 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: While it's usually the expensive flagship videocards that get the lion's share of attention, it's the mainstream graphics solutions that are most purchased by users.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Diamond Nov 12 2008   J. Apong  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > Diamond Radeon HD 3650

Overclocking the Radeon 3650 GPU

Overclocking Results:
stock overclocked
gpu (core) speed: 725 mhz 750 mhz
memory speed: (405) 810 mhz (510) 1020 mhz ddr
if you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard
The Diamond HD 3650 PE 512 Radeon videocard ships with its GPU running at 725MHz, and its 512MB of GDDR running at 405MHz. Overclocking a mainstream videocard like this could yield some nice benefits in games, so you can bet PCSTATS will do its best. Let's begin.

As usual, overclocking was done through the ATI Catalyst Control Center and ATI Overdrive which unlocks GPU and memory clock speed. PCSTATS started with the GPU first, pausing to test the results with a quick 3D benchmark before continuing. We take note of any stability problems or the appearance of artifacts, and then list the maximum stable and artifact-free overclocked speed the video card can attain.

The speed of the Radeon HD 3650 GPU was increased from 725MHz in 5MHz increments and quickly maxed out at 750MHz. The Diamond HD 3650 PE 512 started to exhibit artifacts past this point. Overclocking the 512MB GDDR2 memory proved fairly unexciting too, as PCSTATS was only able to raise it to a maximum of 510MHz, or the system would fail in the benchmarking tests indicating instability. The Diamond HD 3650 actually reached a memory speed of 525MHz, but the benchmarks would crash back to the desktop.

Let's look at some benchmarks next to see where the Diamond HD 3650 ultimately stands.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Diamond HD 3650 PE 512 videocard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. All benchmarks for the videocard were run in Windows Vista Ultimate, the reference video cards were tested in both Windows XP and Vista for the DX10 benchmarks.

PCSTATS is in the process of making the transition to a Windows Vista and Intel CPU test platform, so keep this in mind as you scan the benchmark results. In the second column are the general specs for the reference cards this Radeon HD 3650 videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
test system reference system
processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775) AMD Athlon64 FX-62 (AM2)
Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz

14 x 200MHz = 2.8MHz

Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 (Intel X48 Express)

Foxconn C51XEM2 (NF 590 SLI)
Videocard: Palit Radeon HD 4870X2
Asus Radeon EAH4850/HTDI/512MA
MSI Radeon R3870X2-T2D1G-OC
Asus Radeon EAH3870X2 1G
(Crossfire) ATI Radeon HD3870X2
Diamond HD 3650 Pe 512

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
nVidia GeForce 8600GTS SLI
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H SLI
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS
Albatron 8600GT-256
Asus EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP/512M/A
Palit 9600GT Sonic
Biostar V903GT52-NV1AN *

Memory: Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)

Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink
Test System Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Intel INF
Catalyst 8.3

Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit*


Quake 4
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet

Benchmark results are grouped by GPU manufacturer first (AMD/ATI or nVidia), then by GPU generation, and then by GPU class (high end, mainstream, value). This approach provides a clearer view of how performance can differ from generation to generation, and class to previous generation. The product being tested is marked with the red colour bar. On with the benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: Diamond Radeon HD 3650
 Pg 1.  Diamond HD 3650 PE 512 Radeon HD 3650 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the Radeon 3650 GPU
 Pg 3.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 8.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 9.  Conclusions: is the HD 3650 worth the money?

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