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Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 260u

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AMD Athlon II X2 260u

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More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 2 vs 1 Twice as many threads
Front view of AMD Athlon II 170u

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AMD Athlon II 170u

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Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.11 GHz vs 2.55 GHz More than 20% better overclocked clock speed (Air)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 260u vs 170u

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 260u
72,100 MB/s
Athlon II 170u
78,400 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X2 260u  vs
170u 
Clock speed 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Cores Dual core Single core

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

bus

Clock speed 1,800 MHz 1,800 MHz

details

Athlon II X2 260u  vs
170u 
Threads 2 1
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 81°C Unknown - 80°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.55 GHz 3.11 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,565.5 1,383.9
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.55 GHz 3.11 GHz

power consumption

TDP 25W 20W
Annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year 4.82 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 21.9 $/year 17.52 $/year
Performance per watt 2.84 pt/W 3.3 pt/W
Typical power consumption 20.31W 16.25W
AMD Athlon II X2 260u
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