Asus EN3650 Silent Graphics Card

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Asus EAH3650 Silent Edition Graphics Card

June 20, 2008 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Asus EAH3650 SILENT/HTDI/512M
PCI-E Video Card
Manufacturer
ASUSTeK
Street Price
~US$90

Most PC graphical subsystems are not stressed heavily during the course a typical day. They are usually tasked with menial duties such as rendering the desktop, and displaying pictures and videos. During these times, the power consumption of the system should be as low as possible. The Radeon HD 3850 and 3870 series of graphics cards, while being fairly powerful gaming cards, impressed us greatly with their extremely low idle power consumption. The Geforce 9600GT on the other hand, seemed almost wasteful in comparison, using 10-15W more than ATI's offerings during idle. Keep a system on for 8+ hours a day, and that can add up, creating a toll on the environment, and the electricity bill.


Enter the EAH3650 Silent.

For those of us who don't play games "seriously", or do so at lower resolutions, a more basic GPU is enough. The Asus EAH3650 Silent is such a card. While it won't play Call of Duty 4 at full-tilt, being part of the HD 3000 family, it should deliver excellent power consumption and good high definition playback capability. With a built-in audio processor for HDMI audio, it is also ideal for a home theater PC system. Last but not least, it equipped with a 100% silent cooling solution.


The retil box is wastefully big. Geforce 6800XT pictured for scaling.



Box contents.


Asus EAH3650 SILENT/HTDI/512M: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Graphics Engine ATI Radeon HD 3650
Bus Standard PCI Express 2.0
Video Memory DDR3 512MB
Engine Clock 725 MHz
Memory Clock 1.4 GHz ( 700 MHz DDR3 )
Memory Interface
128-bit
CRT Max Resolution 2048 x 1536
DVI Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
D-Sub Output Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )
DVI Output Yes x 2 (DVI-I)
HDMI Output Yes x 1 (via DVI to HDMI adaptor x 1 )
HDTV Output (YPbPr)
Yes
HDCP Support Yes
TV Output Yes (Composite)
Adapter/Cable Bundled 1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
1 x DVI to HDMI adaptor
1 x HDTV-out cable
Software Bundled ASUS Utilities & Driver
ASUS Features V-Cool Heatsink


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