CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3600+ vs 250 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

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

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CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Athlon II X2 250 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Athlon II X2 250  based on its performance, single-core performance and overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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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 GHz vs 1.9 GHz Around 60% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better PassMark score 1,750 vs 969 More than 80% better PassMark score
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 1,008 vs 593 Around 70% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,690 vs 1,441 More than 85% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Much better performance per watt 1.79 pt/W vs 0.63 pt/W More than 2.8x better performance per watt
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 49 °C More than 50% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.58 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2.71 GHz Around 50% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon X2 3600+ vs II 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 X2 3600+
52.3 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 X2 3600+  vs
II X2 250 
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
939
AM2
754
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 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 0.63 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 800 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Athlon X2 3600+  vs
II X2 250 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 49°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.58 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.71 GHz 4.04 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 627.6 2,374.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.58 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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