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Front view of AMD Athlon II X4 610e

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X4 610e

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Much more l3 cache 0.5 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 0.5 MB l3 cache is just OK
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Significantly lower typical power consumption 36.56W vs 52.81W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Newer May, 2010 vs Jun, 2009 Release date 11 months later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.4 GHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 72 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X4 610e 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 X4 610e
96,100 MB/s
Athlon II X2 250
120,700 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X4 610e  vs
X2 250 
Clock speed 2.4 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Quad 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 45W 65W
Annual home energy cost 10.84 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 39.42 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 2.63 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 36.56W 52.81W

details

Athlon II X4 610e  vs
X2 250 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 2 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 0.13 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.78 - 1.25V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 72°C Unknown - 74°C

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

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz
AMD Athlon II X4 610e
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AMD Athlon II X2 250
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