Sapphire HD3450 256MB Graphic Card Review

Sapphire HD3450

I was in lack of a graphic card the other day, so I decided to get my hands on the cheapest graphic card that I can find. – the Sapphire HD3450, featuring the low-end HD3450 from ATI’s 3 series GPU.

The Appearance

Basically it’s a really simple graphic card. Low-profile make on a blue PCB with a neat aluminum heatsink on the card itself with no fans on it.

The card comes with DVI, VGA and S-video output.

Sapphire HD3450
Sapphire HD3450
Sapphire HD3450

The Bundle

– S-Video converter
– DVI-VGA converter
– Composite TV Video Cable
– Installation guide & driver CD.

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

GPU HD3450
GPU Code Name RV620 LE
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Bandwidth 64-bit
Memory Capacity 256MB
Core Clock 600Mhz
Memory Clock 500Mhz (1Ghz DDR)

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel E2140 Overclocked @ 3.2ghz
RAM 2x 2GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Edition
Motherboard Albatron PXP35
Cooler Xigmatek HDT-S963
Monitor 20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Operating System Windows XP (SP2)
Driver Version ATI Catalyst 8.4

The Performance

The Sapphire HD3450 runs at 600Mhz core clock and 1000Mhz memory clock. Overclocking? It’s a low end card, I wouldn’t even bother overclocking it. 🙂

Sapphire HD3450
Sapphire HD3450
Sapphire HD3450

3Dmark06

Default setting.

Card Score
Sapphire HD3450 1791

Lost Planet : Extreme Condition

Graphic Detail : Default

Resolution Snow (Average) Cave (Average)
800 x 600 18.4 26.2
1024 x 768 12.6 18.3

F.E.A.R.

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Resolution Average
800 x 600 15
1024 x 768 10

Bad? Once I disabled anti-aliasing the game actually is playable, with

Resolution Average
800 x 600 (no AA) 81
1024 x 768 (no AA) 59
1280 x 1024 (no AA) 40

Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts

Graphic Detail : Custom
Sapphire HD3450

Resolution Average
800 x 600 46.3
1024 x 768 32.9

World In Conflict

Graphic Detail : Medium

Resolution Average
800 x 600 21
1024 x 768 13

My take of the graphic card? It performs decently well for low resolution. Do note that I’m not having those games going at low details yet, going low would increase the framerates. 🙂

Sapphire HD3450
Sapphire HD3450
Sapphire HD3450

Interestingly, the game worked VERY WELL with Dawn of War : SoulStorm. I could have the graphic setting to HIGH at 1680×1050 and the game is still very playable. Supreme Commander : Forged Alliance on the other hand was slow, even with details set to low resolution and details set to ALMOST-UGLY.

Operating Temperature

The card runs at 44°C on idle and 61°C on load. Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C. It’s actually a good temperature, considering it’s using a fanless heatsink.

Conclusion

This card was more than I hoped for. I’m actually impressed by what I could get out of this card, considering I got it at RM 120 and it’s now going for less than that.

What’s nice about this card is that it works just like any other HD3xxx series card. Yes, it even comes with ATI HD Audio to cater for HDMI output. Too bad they didn’t bundle any DVI-HDMI converter.

It also supports ATI’s CrossfireX Technology. 🙂 This means you can pair it with a 780G-chipset motherboard and gain some graphical processing boost.

Definitely a great card for someone who doesn’t want to break the bank – BE WARNED that you shouldn’t be expecting much from this card.

goldfries recommended

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6 Comments

  1. nice review.. 🙂

    hey..heard you got sunbeamtech cooler in your hand…will any review about it?

  2. Author

    Yes, there will be. 🙂 I just installed it last night.

  3. how much the price..
    reply me back.

  4. I have teh same card but with 512mb memory, and the Memory Clock is set only to 400Mhz but stays on 50°C and if I play a game goes to 61-67°C.
    Whit the latest ati drive 10.2 I can play deacently latest AvP game,Stalker and even GTA4.
    I tryed some overcloks with the overdrive from Ati control center, but temps got to 75-80°C in games, and that wasn’t good, becouse I got more frames in games.
    Someone said that you culd put a fan on that aluminium, for the overclok to work nice.
    I disable the overcloking becouse I don’t won’t to lower the life of this card.
    To bad I don’t have a mainboard for the crosfire.

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