All three cards perform about the same. The 2600XT and the 3650 should perform about the same, and a tad faster then the 8600GT without AA. (with AA enabled, the 8600GT is a bit faster.) Seeing as all three cards are so close, choose a different metric other then performance. Buy the cheapest one, buy the one that has the better cooler, etc. Sapphire makes good cards, but HiS cards tend to have better coolers, so you might want to look at that one. (along with the fact that it has twice as much memory, if its nearly the same price, thats the one to get.)
I believe the 2600XT and HD3650 perform in the same ballpark. I believe the 2600XT 512MB will outperform the HD3650 though. Just watch that you get at least DDR3 non of that DDR2 crap. I've seen reviews that compare the 2600XT 256MB vs the HD3650 512MB and they swap punches, not sure why I've never seen the 2600XT 512 in those comparisons.
What is your price range?
What are you intending to do with your card?
We will be able to help you better. Don't just give us 3 choices and say PICK ONE!
Thanks for the help guys. Next time around I'll be more specific with questions. I live in australia they have the HIS Radeon HD 3650 - 512MB DDR3, 128-bit, 2x DVI, HDTV - PCI-Ex16 v2.0 (790MHz, 1.78GHz) - IceQ Turbo Edition for 117 dollars. Hopefully it can play Halo 2.
Forget anything MSI makes Radeon well I'm not an ati user so My advice is stay away from MSI
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Stay away from MSI is bad advice IMO. Based on what grounds do you pass on this advice?
I've used at least 40-50 MSI products (mobos and Video cards) going back for many years since the GF2 Ti's even. And own probably 10-12 myself right now. I have only had two go bad total, and both of those were Refurbished video cards (one was bad as purchased). That put's them better than most brands for my personal experience.
MSI has had some of the best deals in HD2600 series cards, and some rock solid stable mobos through the years too. I don't doubt occasional bad products as happens with Asus, Abit, and everyone else.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy or recommend MSI products. If the price is right, go for it. Most people making such claims are basing it on one bad experience.
Passed by this thread and having just installed an Nvidia 8600GT last week clicked in here. I echo all PaulDH said, and very well at that. No reason to avoid MSI products. I also own many and have had satisfactory results overall with one isolated dissappointment. Par.
I have and MSI card and love it. I have had bad experiences with both HIS cards I have purchased though. Read the reviews for the particular card you want to buy (go to NewEgg if you have to). When a company puts out a bad card you can normally figure it out there. (I made the mistake of trying my luck against bad reviews before because the price was right and in each occasion I got what I paid for.)
I'm also fine with MSI, they've been solid for what I've bought from them and recommended to others. Only issue ever was a bad cap issue and that happened more to ASUS boards as well as MSI.
Personally I'd say the HIS HD3650 is the way to go for both additional feratures and equivalent or better performance (when are these cards really going to be kicking anything higher than 2XAA anyways?).
The core clocks of the two are similar, but the HD3650 has faster memory (but about 150Mhz) which is one area these things are starved, also the DX10.1 benefit is a nice bonus.
Personally out of the 3 mfr I prefer HIS, and out of the 3 cards I'd prefer the HD3650.