CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 250 vs 5500 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

7.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD A8 5500 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD A8 5500  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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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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Higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 71.3 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 3.23 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.06 GHz vs 3.2 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD A8 5500

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Much 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
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better PassMark score 3,996 vs 1,767 More than 2.2x better PassMark score
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
Higher turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz vs 3.6 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly better geekbench 3 AES single core score 2,070,000 MB/s vs 120,700 MB/s Around 17.2x better geekbench 3 AES single core score
Newer Oct, 2012 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
Better performance per watt 7.64 pt/W vs 2.04 pt/W Around 3.8x better performance per watt

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

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
A8 5500
2,070,000 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
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 2.04 pt/W 7.64 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) 4.06 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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