Summary: I ordered this product from this page, the Diamond ATI Radeon HD 4650 AGP 512MB GDDR2 Video Card with a vga output, dvi output, and s-video out. I first got this product and noticed that the box said it was a Dual DVI output with DDR3 memory. However when I opened the "New packaging" I was shocked to see that the graphics card inside was a Sapphire brand card and not the Diamond brand which I ordered.
Summary: This was the fastest AGP card that I could find to boost an aging computer. It does allow me to watch HD video however the other bottlenecks in the system in addition to the AGP bus itself will cause hich-ups on YouTubes h.264 HD videos. Finding updated drivers for this card is going to be a pain. The drivers on the site don't allow you to use Folding at Home, and the performace of the card afterwards is not even noteworthy.
Summary: The card installs easy just like any other AGP card. The instructions were clear and concise. The drivers issued on the disk are out of date and do not work on XP SP3. Downloading the latest drivers for the card is tricky because of the odd architecture. Once I found the driver it made the machine a fantastic graphics rendering monster. I love this cards performance; it runs the Future Mark 06 bench tests flawlessly on my ABIT slot 462 3.0 GHZ system.
Summary: Installed this morning: Hardware installation flawless - burning the card in all day with no issues. i have a 280w power supply and is holding up just fine. my card came with a cable for the power between the graphics board and the power supply. i just connected the supplied power cable to the card and the P2 connector.
Summary: Has a cleaner design than the product pictured, the fan is more standard and sits over the heat sink without any large plastic enclosure (a better design and appearance, see the more recent pics uploaded by other customers). The memory does show up as GDDR2, which for the older AGP system that I was upgrading proved to be perfectly adequate. Runs beautifully with Source games, including the Half-Life series, Portal, and Left 4 Dead I and II.
Diamond ATI Radeon HD 4650 AGP 512MB GDDR2 Video Card
Robert Opgenorth, Amazon
10 November 2009
Summary: Card works great. It lets you make the most of your older AGP slot motherboards. The drawbacks are the installation instructions are poor and I had a hard time installing the drivers to make it work. The card also takes up a lot of space and the cooling fan sticks down so far as to make the adjacent PCI slot unusable. The specs list a minimum 300W power supply needed to run this card.
Great performance, questionable specs, poor power connector design
T. Kadow, Amazon
17 October 2009
Summary: Great Performance... This card has breathed new life into my aging PC. I installed this in a PC with a Socket 754 Sempron64 3100+ CPU. Running Win XP Pro with 1.5GB RAM. Replaced an NVidia 6200. This PC is used as an HTPC and is connected to a projection TV via Component Video. I do not play any games on it, just run SageTV software with multiple TV capture devices. My old video card was unable to playback 1080i MPEG-2 or any HD-h.264 videos.
WATCH OUT.... Was listed with DDR3 memory; now shown w/slower DDR2
Brighton Funny, Amazon
10 October 2009
Summary: Be careful before you buy this card... Until a few days ago, this video card was listed by Amazon as having DDR3 memory. Inexplicably, this video card is now shown as being equipped with the very different "DDR2" memory (a much slower variety of memory chip). This is after this product was temporarily unavailable for a few days through Amazon (the page was red flagged by Amazon as "Under review" for a few days, and then became available again with the memory spec quietly...
Summary: I was looking to get another year or two of life for video games out of my 5-year-old AGP-slot Linux system, and this appeared to be one of the faster cards available for AGP. The graphics are a dramatic improvement over my old Radeon 9200SE. It won't make your clunker into a state-of-the-art gaming machine, but if you're looking to make MMORPGs or similar look good on an old PC, $80 on this may let you live with it happily for a good while longer.
Beware if you want to use a higher-resolution montor via the D-Sub port
David C. Filmer "David Filmer (http://davidfi..., Amazon
21 August 2009
Summary: I have two identical Acer H243H monitors which support a max resolution of 1920x1080 (aka 1080p). This card (with the latest drivers downloaded from Diamond's website, Aug 2009) would not support 1920x1080 via the D-Sub port (the HDMI port worked fine at this resolution). On the D-Sub port, the desktop was "too large" to fit on the screen at max resolution (you could only see part of the desktop at a time - moving the mouse to an edge would pan the desktop).