CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 440 vs 250 among desktop CPUs

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

No winner declared

Too close to call

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Athlon II X3 440

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X3 440

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More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 2 1 more threads
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X3 440 vs X2 250

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 X3 440
120,700 MB/s
Athlon II X2 250
120,700 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 X3 440  vs
X2 250 
Clock speed 3 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Tri 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
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

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 47.33 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 131.14 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 0.77 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 132.35W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Athlon II X3 440  vs
X2 250 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 3 2
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 0.5 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0.17 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 73°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.69 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3 GHz 4.04 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 2,227.9 2,374.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.69 GHz 3.72 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
AMD Athlon II X3 440
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AMD Athlon II X2 250
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