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Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
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 higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 1,750 vs 1,041 Around 70% better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,008 vs 631 Around 60% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,690 vs 1,515 Around 80% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Much better performance per watt 1.79 pt/W vs 0.51 pt/W Around 3.5x better performance per watt
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 49 °C More than 50% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.97 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 72.31W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2.9 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Jun, 2009 vs Aug, 2005 Release date over 3 years later
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 21.44 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 77.96 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
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AMD Athlon 4000+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Athlon 4000+ vs the Athlon II X2 250.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 250 vs 4000+

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
Athlon 4000+
78 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
4000+ 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core
Socket type
754
AM2
S1
939
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
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

power consumption

TDP 65W 89W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 21.44 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 77.96 $/year
Performance per watt 1.79 pt/W 0.51 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 72.31W

details

Athlon II X2 250  vs
4000+ 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 74°C Unknown - 49°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.72 GHz 2.97 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz 2.9 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,374.3 1,107.7
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz 2.97 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None None
Label N/A N/A
Latest DirectX N/A N/A
Number of displays supported N/A N/A
GPU clock speed N/A N/A
Turbo clock speed N/A N/A
3DMark06 N/A N/A
AMD Athlon II X2 250
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