AMD Athlon II X2 250 

Released June, 2009
  • 3 GHz
  • Dual core
0 Out of 10

Benchmark Results: Looking at POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 25, the benchmark showed the Phenom II X2 550 was 3 seconds quicker than the Athlon II X2 250.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)
System builders around the world are going to love the price point of this platform and how robust it really is.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)

CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the AMD Athlon II X2 250 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)


Benchmark performance using all cores

Athlon II X2 250
PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Athlon II X2 250
PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Athlon II X2 250
Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

Athlon II X2 250
CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Athlon II X2 250
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Athlon II X2 250
Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more


CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Athlon II X2 250

Benchmarks Real world tests of the AMD Athlon II X2 250

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Athlon II X2 250
Core i3 3220

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Athlon II X2 250
Core i3 3220

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Athlon II X2 250
120,700 MB/s
Core i3 3220
173,000 MB/s
Core2 Duo E8400
128,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Athlon II X2 250
Core i3 3220

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Athlon II X2 250
Core i3 3220


Athlon II X2 250
Core i3 3220

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Athlon II X2 250
Core i3 3220

PassMark (Single Core)

Athlon II X2 250
Core i3 3220

Reviews Word on the street for the AMD Athlon II X2 250

It's a pure dual-core chip, not a quad-core model with two cores disabled at the factory.



8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Socket Type

Taking a closer look at the Athlon II X2 250 processor with CPU-Z 1.52 you can see the details on this 3GHz, 45nm native dual-core die that comes in at a cool 65W max TDP.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)
Benchmark Results with a GeForce GTX 295 Graphics Card: World In Conflict showed a 10-12 average FPS difference between the Athlon II X2 250 and the Phenom II X2 550 processors at both 1280x1024 and 1920x1200 resolutions.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)
If you wanted to use an AMD Socket AM2+ motherboard and a 4GB DDR2 1066Mhz memory kit, you could easily bring the cost of this core platform down to under $200.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)


By raising the CPU Core Voltage to 1.46V and increasing the bus speed to 264MHz from 200MHz, we were able to reach an impressive 3.96GHz.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)
Page 1 - Athlon is Back!! Long Live Athlon II X2 Page 2 - The Test System Page 3 - Sandra 2009 Memory Bandwidth Page 4 - Photodex ProShow Gold 3.2 Page 5 - Sony Vegas 8.0c Page 6 - Microsoft Excel 2007 Page 7 - Cinebench R9.5 Page 8 - Cinebench R10 Page 9 - POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 25 Page 10 - POV-Ray Real-Time Raytracing Page 11 - Futuremark 3DMark06 Page 12 - World in Conflict Page 13 - Crysis Warhead Page 14 - Power Consumption Page 15 - Overclocking Page 16 - Final Thoughts & Conclusion.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)
The AMD Athlon II X2 250 and AMD Phenom II X2 550 are clock-for-clock slower than the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, but keep in mind that the E8500 still retails for $189 on the market today.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)


In fact, it's not far off twice as fast in out HD video encoding benchmark.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2010)
On paper, it looks promising enough thanks to specifications that would have qualified as high end just a few years ago.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2010)
During the testing procedure, all relevant data is ascertained with which the performance of different computers can subsequently be compared, regardless of operating system.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)


You can easily build a core system for less than that if you really looked around.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)
Adequate in isolation, this dual-core chip looks poor value next to cheaper quad-core models.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2010)
With two cores humming a 3GHz tune, day-to-day duties such as document editing and multi-tasking are no problem.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2010)


The price-versus-value on these two processors is tremendous to say the least.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)
Of course, at this price point something has to give.
by Tech Radar (Sep, 2010)
The cost adds up to just $231, which isn't that bad considering more expensive DDR3 memory is being used.
by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Clock speed 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz
Cores Dual core
Socket type AM3
Is unlocked No


Has a NX bit Yes
Has virtualization support Yes
Instruction set extensions
  1. ABM
  2. AES
  3. AMD-V
  4. AMD64
  5. AVX
  6. AVX 1.1
  7. BMI1
  8. CVT16
  9. F16C
  10. FMA3
  11. FMA4
  12. MMX
  13. SSE
  14. SSE2
  15. SSE3
  16. SSE4.1
  17. SSE4.2
  18. SSE4a
  19. Supplemental SSE3
  20. TBM
  21. XOP
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes

power consumption

Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W


Clock speed 2,000 MHz


Architecture x86-64
Threads 2 threads
L2 cache 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm
Max CPUs 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 74°C


Overclock popularity 25
Overclocked clock speed 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,374.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None
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