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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 2.6 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Front view of AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 250 vs 64 X2 5000+

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 64 X2 5000+
64.85 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
64 X2 5000+ 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
AM3
AM2
Is unlocked No Yes

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
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Athlon II X2 250  vs
64 X2 5000+ 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 90 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 74°C Unknown - 70°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.72 GHz 3.13 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz 3.39 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,374.3 1,518.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz 3.13 GHz

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 0.61 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 72.31W
AMD Athlon II X2 250
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