CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 450 vs 250 among all 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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

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AMD Athlon II X3 450

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Athlon II X3 450

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X3 450

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Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,354 vs 2,814 Around 55% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
Newer Sep, 2010 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 1 years later
More l3 cache per core 0.17 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 0.17 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 113.2W 2.1x lower typical power consumption
More l2 cache 2 MB vs 1.5 MB Around 35% more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 39.59 $/year 2.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 113.44 $/year Around 50% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better performance per watt 1.79 pt/W vs 1.07 pt/W Around 70% better performance per watt
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 3.1 GHz More than 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X3 450 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 450
128,950 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)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X3 450  vs
X2 250 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Tri core Dual core
Socket type
AM3
Super 7
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 39.59 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 113.44 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.07 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 113.2W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 100 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Athlon II X3 450  vs
X2 250 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 3 2
L2 cache 1.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 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 - 1.4V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 75°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 16 25
Overclocked clock speed 3.86 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.1 GHz 4.04 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.86 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
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