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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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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
Much lower typical power consumption 20.31W vs 52.81W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
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 higher Maximum operating temperature 81 °C vs 74 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
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
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 215

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AMD Athlon II X2 215

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Much higher clock speed 2.7 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 50% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 1,580 vs 1,102 Around 45% better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 907 vs 610 Around 50% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.56 GHz vs 2.55 GHz Around 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.79 GHz vs 1.8 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 260u 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 260u
72,100 MB/s
Athlon II X2 215
109,100 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X2 260u  vs
215 
Clock speed 1.8 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 25W 65W
Annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 21.9 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 2.84 pt/W 1.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 20.31W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 1,800 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Athlon II X2 260u  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 0.85 - 1.15V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 81°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.55 GHz 3.56 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.8 GHz 3.79 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,565.5 1,923.6
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.55 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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