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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 1.6 GHz More than 85% higher clock speed
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 70 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Front view of AMD Athlon 5150

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AMD Athlon 5150

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much lower typical power consumption 20.31W vs 52.81W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
Newer manufacturing process 28 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 21.9 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 2.6x lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer Dec, 2013 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 4 years later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 250 vs 5150

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 5150
819.5 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X2 250  vs
5150 
Clock speed 3 GHz 1.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Quad core
Socket type
AM3
FS1b
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE Family
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Athlon II X2 250  vs
5150 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 4
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 28 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 74°C Unknown - 70°C

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Radeon HD 8400
GPU clock speed N/A 600 MHz

power consumption

TDP 65W 25W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 6.02 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 21.9 $/year
Performance per watt 1.79 pt/W 3.73 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 20.31W
AMD Athlon II X2 250
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