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First of all, thanks a lot to HIS for giving us the opportunity to review this video card.

About HIS

HIS is a graphics card company that primarily builds ATI-based products. They are a Christian company as well. This is part of their company statement: HIS was established in 1987 with the mission to produce the highest quality graphic cards in the industry. Besides strong devotion to excellent products and services, HIS has been conducting business with the aim to "Glorifying God". Honesty and integrity are the two key principals of how HIS are conducted. Ethical business practice has been an everyday commitment to our clients, vendors, and investors. Most of us pick a video card based purely on chipset and price. It's good to see HIS is more than a typical ATI card manufacturer - they have a mission that CCGR can agree with. Even so, this review is based on the quality of the product reviewed; no unnecessary bias has gone into the review process.

HIS HD3650 IceQ Turbo 512MB PCIe

The HIS IceQ HD3650 is HIS & ATI's answer to the mid-range gaming market. For $150 it’s a good card that can allow you to play many modern titles and Blu-ray/HD video at 1080p. The video card has a heavy duty cooler on it, so it will require two slots.

Key ATI/HIS HD3650 Specifications

· 790MHz GPU core clock (varies by brand)

· 1.78GHz memory clock (varies by brand)

· 120 stream processing units

· 512 MB of 128-bit wide GDDR3 RAM

· Pixel Shader Model 4.1 support

· Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD DVD at full 1080p

·Dual-DVI support (needed to support super-high resolution displays)

-Crossfire support for multi-GPU upgradability

 

The Comparison

I’ll be comparing this ATI/HIS HD3650 against other Direct X 10 cards we have here.

Key ATI/HIS HD3450 Specifications

· 600MHz GPU core clock (varies by brand)

· 800MHz memory clock (varies by brand)

· 40 stream processing units · 128-bit HDR lighting

· 256MB of 64-bit wide GDDR2 RAM

· DirectX 10 support

· Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD DVD at full 1080p

· Dual-DVI support (needed to support super-high resolution displays)

-Crossfire support for multi-GPU upgradability

 

Key ATI/HIS 2600Pro Specifications

· 650MHz GPU core clock

· 1.05GHz DDR RAM

·120 stream processors

-128-bit HDR lighting

-512MB 128-bit wide3 GDDR2 RAM

-Dual DVI Support

· Pixel Shader Model 3.0 support

· DVI and VGA connections

 

 

Key NVIDIA 8800GT Specifications

· 650MHz GPU core clock

· 1900GHz DDR RAM

·112 stream processors

· 16X full screen antialiasing

· 512MB of 256-bit wide DDR RAM

· Pixel Shader Model 4.0 support

· NVIDIA PureVideo video playback technology

Benchmark System Specifications

For our PCI-Express reviews, we have a fairly high-end system available. It should make fairly clear where the GPU limitations are, since we are not CPU bound here.

· Intel Quad Core Q6600 2.4GHz OC’d to 3GHz

· Abit IN9 32X Max Motherboard, using the NVIDIA 680i Chipset

· 4GB of DDR2 1000 RAM, Dual-Channel,

-120GB Seagate 7200RPM Hard Drive with 8MB Cache

· SB Audigy 4

· Onboard Nvidia ethernet

· Windows Vista Ultimate x64

There was no anti-virus software or anything of that nature installed. The driver versions were as follows:

· NVIDIA NForcedrivers, ver. 15.08

· For the ATI cards: Catalyst 8.2

- For the NVIDIA 8800GT: ForceWare 169.25

Games Benchmarked and Setup

·Unreal Tournament 3 version 1.1, Crysis version 1.1, 3Dmark06 version 1.1.0

The benchmark tools used for this review can be downloaded at www.guru3d.com.

Benchmark Results

3Dmark06

This card performed admirably. The default resolution ran on this benchmark is 1280 x 1024.The GDDR3 memory helps, but the 128 bit memory still holds it back a little. It’s about 1.5X faster than the 2600Pro which has GDDR2 memory.

Unreal Tournament 3

With the detail at low this game is very playable on the 3650.Over 40FPS on the latest Unreal engine is nothing to complain about.It’s pretty likely that the FPS is capped to 60FPS, the 8800GT is a pretty powerful card and can probably go further.This benchmark was run at 1280x1024 with low detail, and 12 bots doing capture the flag.

Crysis

The resolution was 1280x1024 and DirectX 10 and 64bit performance was enabled..It’s a time demo benchmark based on actual game play. I wouldn’t recommend playing this game with the detail cranked. If you were to lower the detail, Crysis would be playable.This game is known to bring video cards to their knees; in order to run this game decently, you have to spend over $200 on a video card.

Vista Rating

Vista was happy with this card.It scored a 5.9 for desktop applications and got a 5.6 for gaming.

Conclusion

The HIS HD3650 IceQ Turbo is a good card for the money. I would recommend this card for gamers on a budget.I was happy to see this card running at the specs indicated on the box without the need for special software, unlike previous models.If you’re into case modding, the fan is UV sensitive and will glow with UV lighting in your case.Multimedia buffs will appreciate this card’s support for HD/Blu-ray video at 1080p resolution.Overall this is a good card for the money.

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