CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 260 vs 215 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

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CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Athlon II X2 260 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 260

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X2 260

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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 more l3 cache 1 MB vs 0.5 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Significantly higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 2.7 GHz Around 20% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much more l3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.84 GHz vs 3.56 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.91 GHz vs 3.79 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer May, 2010 vs Sep, 2009 Release date 7 months later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 215

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AMD Athlon II X2 215

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 215 vs the 260.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 260 vs 215

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 260
128,900 MB/s
Athlon II X2 215
109,100 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 260  vs
215 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 2.7 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
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 1.91 pt/W 1.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Athlon II X2 260  vs
215 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 1 MB 0.5 MB
L3 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.82 - 1.4V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 74°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.84 GHz 3.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.91 GHz 3.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.84 GHz 3.56 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
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