CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 250 vs 5500

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and GeekBench (64-bit)

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

Winner
AMD A8 5500 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 3.23 GHz More than 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 71.3 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More l2 cache 4 MB vs 2 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Slightly higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Better PassMark score 4,016 vs 1,771 More than 2.2x better PassMark score
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,269 vs 992 Around 30% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better 3DMark11 physics score 3,080 vs 1,810 More than 70% better 3DMark11 physics score
Better geekbench (64-bit) score 5,163 vs 2,929 More than 75% better geekbench (64-bit) score
Better performance per watt 6.98 pt/W vs 4.51 pt/W Around 55% better performance per watt

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 250 vs A8 5500

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Passmark

Passmark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X2 250  vs
A8 5500 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad 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
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

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 4.51 pt/W 6.98 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Athlon II X2 250  vs
A8 5500 
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 2 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V 0.83 - 1.48V
Operating temperature Unknown - 74°C Unknown - 71.3°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 25 1
Overclocked clock speed 3.72 GHz 3.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz 3.23 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon™ HD 7560D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0
GPU clock speed N/A 760 MHz
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