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Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 280

AMD Athlon II X2 280

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Opteron 290

Reasons to consider the
AMD Opteron 290

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 2 vs 1 Twice as many CPUs in SMP configuration
Significantly better performance per watt 5.13 pt/W vs 2.14 pt/W Around 2.5x better performance per watt
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 280

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AMD Athlon II X2 280

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Much newer manufacturing process 45 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.33 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Jan, 2013 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 6 years later
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,233 vs 876 More than 40% better PassMark (Single core) score
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 22.89 $/year More than 30% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 83.22 $/year More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 3.6 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 30% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Opteron 290 vs Athlon II X2 280

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 290  vs
Athlon II X2 280 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
MMX
SSE3
SSE
3DNow!
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Opteron 290  vs
Athlon II X2 280 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 2 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.8 GHz 4.33 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.8 GHz 3.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.8 GHz 4.33 GHz

power consumption

TDP 95W 65W
Annual home energy cost 22.89 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 83.22 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 5.13 pt/W 2.14 pt/W
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W
AMD Opteron 290
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