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Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 215

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AMD Athlon II X2 215

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better PassMark score 1,580 vs 355 Around 4.5x better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 907 vs 543 More than 65% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.56 GHz vs 2.31 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.79 GHz vs 1.83 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 2500+

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 2500+

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Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 215 vs 64 X2 2500+

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X2 215  vs
64 X2 2500+ 
Clock speed 2.7 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
AM3
462
AM2

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 333 MHz

details

Athlon II X2 215  vs
64 X2 2500+ 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.56 GHz 2.31 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.79 GHz 1.83 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,923.6 294.8
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.56 GHz 2.31 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 52.81W N/A
AMD Athlon II X2 215
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 2500+
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