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Sapphire Radeon HD 3450 and HD 3650 - Closer Look at Sapphire HD 3450

We tend to forget about lower end models sometimes, not today though! - We check out the new HD 3450 and HD 3650.

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 22, 2008 5:00 am

Sapphire HD 3450


Like most low-end cards we've seen from Sapphire over recent times, the box is a nice little design that stands upright. The front of the card has a picture of a chick with a gun and gives us the standard run down of information.



We can see the brand across the top of the card while the bottom shows us the model along with some of the main features. The right of the box shows the inclusion of 256MB of DDR2 memory along with the ATI, Vista and Crossfire X logo. Why anyone would crossfire such a low-end card is beyond me, but it's available if you want it.



Turning the box over gives a bit more of a run down on the card along with letting us know what's inside. We also have some more information of the main features and a few of the many awards that Sapphire has won over the years.




Going inside the box the package is pretty light as you would expect; component out cable, S-Video to RCA and a single DVI to VGA connector. We also have a quick install guide, Driver CD and a little sticker to complete the package.



As you would expect there isn't a whole lot to the card. It's low profile by nature and carries with it a passive cooling setup that goes just over the top of the card. We can see that the VGA port is held on by a ribbon cable so if you have a low profile bracket you can have DVI or VGA.



As you would expect, the I/O side of things isn't anything too interesting; we have a single DVI connector which is fortunately Dual Link compatible along with a VGA port and a TV-out port.


The card comes clocked in with the standard 600MHz core and 1000MHz DDR memory clock. There isn't a whole lot to the card as you would expect, so with one down let's check out the HD 3650 and see what we have on our hands.


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