ATI Radeon HD 4650
Released September, 2008
The Pros:Better than onboard video from Intel. You get a high video performance for a good price. Can play older games at lower resolutions quite easily.
The Cons:Active cooling with such small and cheap fans leads to high volume and tonal fan noise. Can be outperformed quite easily by the 4670 - which is only supposed to be $10 more. Probably not a worthy upgrade from onboard Nvidia or ATI graphics.
Launched in mid September 2008, the HD 4650 is a budget video card by ATI. Priced at $69, only $10 less than the 4670, the 4650 is set to compete with the Nvidia 9400GT for use in HTPCs or low end gaming or media PCs.
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Featuring the same number of stream processors, texture units and ROPs, the major differences between the 4650 and the 4670 is the reduced core clockspeed, from 750MHz to 600MHz, and the speed of the VRAM, cut from 2000MHz to 1000MHz. Thus, an improved energy consumption and TDP can be expected of the 4650, for an expected drop in gaming performance - a fair tradeoff for those interested in picking up a card for as little money as possible.
- GPU: RV730 PRO, 600MHz
- Texture Units: 32
- ROPs: 8
- Transistors: 514M
- VRAM: 512MB DDR2 @ 1000MHz, 128bit interface
- TDP: <75W
User Reviews (46)
better than onboard video from Intel
you get a high video performance for a good price.
can play older games at lower resolutions quite easily
helps offload video decoding from the CPU
can be passively cooled quite easily
can play almost all new games at a respectable resolution of 1024X768 better than 9400GT
On my core 2 quad 2.33Ghz 4 Gb ram pc the HD 4650 will run fallout three very easily at 1920x1080 60+fps in fact!
Can run Dragon Age: Origins at Very High settings at 1600x900 res with 60+ fps. plays all games at medium to high settings.
Great features such as complete support for Shader Model 4.1, DirectX 10.1 and HDCP, plus its ability to play most of the games in high settings makes this card a must-buy for anyone looking for a nice, mainstream budget card.
Runs Black Ops at max with a core i3 processor and 6GB RAM
active cooling with such small and cheap fans leads to high volume and tonal fan noise
can be outperformed quite easily by the 4670 - which is only supposed to be $10 more
probably not a worthy upgrade from onboard Nvidia or ATI graphics
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