A great looking card budget card from ASUS with some cool performance feature, the EAH3650 Top is based on ATi’s 36xx GPU series that’s set to replace the HD2600 series.
What attracted me the most about this card was the Glaciator heatsink, it’s refreshing to see a decently huge and rather bright colored heatsink this time.
The PCB is just like any other ATi card you see in the market, RED in color. The card uses solid capacitors and has an orange colored DVI port, which so happens to be the same color as the DVI-HDMI converter included in the bundle. YES! You heard that right, DVI-HDMI converter it is.
- DVI-VGA converter
- DVI-HDMI converter
- Installation guide & driver CD
Here’s a summarized detail of the card.
|GPU Code Name||RV635 Pro|
|Memory Clock||900Mhz (1.8Ghz DDR)|
More details at the official product page
The computer setup used for this review.
|Processor||Intel E2140 Overclocked @ 3.2ghz|
|RAM||2x 1GB Kingston DDR2 667 @ DDR2 800|
|Monitor||20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD|
|Operating System||Windows XP (SP2)|
|Driver Version||Catalyst 8.1 (Version: 8.451)|
The Performance & Overclocking
This PCI-E 2.0 card comes pre-overclocked, with 800Mhz on core and 900Mhz memory (meaning 1.8Ghz DDR) instead of the supposed 725Mhz for core and 800Mhz on reference HD3650 boards.
Amazingly, this could even be overclocked up to 911/1080 to successfully pass 3DMark06 test with a score of 5776. On the sad side of the story, this speed is not attainable throughout all the tests thrown. In the end I settled for 900/1000, a speed that passes all tests.
I’ve included the performance of the HD2600XT for better comparison, take note that the HD2600XT scores were taken from a slightly overclocked version an older driver – Catalyst 7.10 (Version: 8.421).
|EAH3650 Top (900/1000)||5635|
Graphics were set to maximum details, resolutions 1024 x 768 and 1680 x 1050.
|EAH3650 Top||1024 x 768||36|
|EAH3650 Top (900/1000)||1024 x 768||39|
|HD2600XT||1024 x 768||34|
|EAH3650 Top||1680 x 1050||17|
|EAH3650 Top (900/1000)||1680 x 1050||20|
|HD2600XT||1680 x 1050||18|
Lost Planet : Extreme Condition
Graphics were set to default details, resolutions 1024 x 640 and 1680 x 946.
|Card||Resolution||Snow (Average)||Cave (Average)|
|EAH3650 Top||1024 x 640||45.9||54.3|
|EAH3650 Top (900/1000)||1024 x 640||50.4||53.6|
|HD2600XT||1024 x 640||28.1||37.4|
|EAH3650 Top||1680 x 946||23.4||33.5|
|EAH3650 Top (900/1000)||1680 x 946||24.7||34.3|
|HD2600XT||1680 x 946||13.6||18.7|
Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts
Graphics were set to the following details
Resolutions at 1024 x 768 and 1680 x 1050.
|EAH3650 Top||1024 x 768||58.7|
|EAH3650 Top (900/1000)||1024 x 768||59.0|
|HD2600XT||1024 x 768||58.9|
|EAH3650 Top||1680 x 1050||45.3|
|EAH3650 Top (900/1000)||1680 x 1050||49.7|
|HD2600XT||1680 x 1050||45.5|
As for the temperature, the EAH3650 Top hovers at around 35°C on idle and 52°C on load. When overclocked, the card idles at 36°C on idle and 54°C on load. Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.
The HD3650 is a low power consumption GPU, this also means it also generates lesser heat. With the Glaciator heatsink, it took quite a while just to wait for the temperatures reach it’s peak.
With support of DirectX 10.1 feature-set, universal video decoder ,Avivo HD post-processing engine, HDMI interconnection support, PCI Express 2.0 and the generally improved graphical performance – who’s to say the HD3650 GPU is a disappointment? ASUS made the product even better by providing a nice heatsink to add value to the package while it’s overclocking ability is pretty impressive.
The ASUS EAH3650 Top is a product worth looking into, considering you’re getting so many new features and decent performance for something that’s below RM 400!