CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 250 vs 5500


Benchmark performance using all cores

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

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Passmark (Single Core)


How much speed can you get out of the processor?

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


Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

CPUBoss Score

Performance, Single-core Performance, Overclocking and Value

AMD A8 5500 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much better performance per dollar 10.63 pt/$ vs 4.83 pt/$ Around 2.2x better performance per dollar
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.73 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
Newer manufacturing process 32 nms vs 45 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
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
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 4,026 vs 1,764 More than 2.2x better PassMark score
Marginally newer Oct, 2012 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,267 vs 1,016 Around 25% 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 5,028 vs 2,835 More than 75% better geekbench (64-bit) score
Better performance per watt 7.38 pt/W vs 4.74 pt/W More than 55% better performance per watt
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.54 GHz vs 3.96 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

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

GeekBench (32-bit)

GeekBench (64-bit)


3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Athlon II X2 250 A8 5500 @ community.futuremark.com
Benchmark Results: The 3DMark 2006 CPU test showed just a 100 point difference between the Phenom II X2 550 processor and Athlon II X2 250 processor, but the performance gap grew to nearly 700 points in the overall test results.
Athlon II X2 250 | by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)


On machines that have multiple CPUs or CPU cores, and also on those who simulate multiple CPUs (via HyperThreading or similar technologies), MAXON CINEBENCH will run a second test using all available CPU power.
Athlon II X2 250 | by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)

Passmark (Single Core)

Consequently, the results of tests conducted using CINEBENCH 10 carry significant weight when analyzing a computer's performance in everyday use.
Athlon II X2 250 | by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Athlon II X2 250  vs
A8 5500 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3.2 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Is unlocked No No
Is hyperthreaded No No


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Supplemental SSE3
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes


Label N/A Radeon™ HD 7560D
Latest DirectX N/A 11.0


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 45 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V 0.83 - 1.48V
Operating temperature Unknown - 74°C Unknown - 71.3°C


Overclock popularity 25 1
Overclocked clock speed 3.73 GHz 3.23 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.96 GHz 4.54 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.73 GHz 3.23 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 4.74 pt/W 7.38 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W
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