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Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 270

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X2 270

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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 higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.02 GHz vs 3.83 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.09 GHz vs 3.88 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer May, 2011 vs May, 2010 Release date a year later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 220

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AMD Athlon II X2 220

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 220 vs the 270.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 270 vs 220

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 270
136,900 MB/s
Athlon II X2 220
112,300 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X2 270  vs
220 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual 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 3,400 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Athlon II X2 270  vs
220 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.02 GHz 3.83 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.09 GHz 3.88 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 810.1 1,567.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.02 GHz 3.83 GHz

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 2.03 pt/W 1.67 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W
AMD Athlon II X2 270
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