CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 250 vs 3500 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Fire Strike

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

2.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Athlon II X2 250 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Athlon II X2 250  based on its overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.1 GHz Around 45% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 90% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A6 3500

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AMD A6 3500

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 2 1 more threads

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 250 vs A6 3500

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Athlon II X2 250
120,700 MB/s
A6 3500
94.7 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X2 250  vs
A6 3500 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Tri core
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 6530D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 443 MHz

details

Athlon II X2 250  vs
A6 3500 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 3
L2 cache 2 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V 0.91 - 1.41V
Operating temperature Unknown - 74°C Unknown - 70.9°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 25 8
Overclocked clock speed 3.72 GHz 3.34 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz 2.1 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,374.3 1,783.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz 3.34 GHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 65W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.79 pt/W 1.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W
AMD Athlon II X2 250
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