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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Opteron 890

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AMD Opteron 890

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Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 8 vs 1 7 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.8 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 77.19W More than 30% lower typical power consumption
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 35% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Jun, 2009 vs Jan, 2007 Release date over 2 years later
Higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 67 °C More than 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2.8 GHz Around 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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

Features Key features of the Opteron 890  vs Athlon II X2 250 

clock speed

L2 cache

overclocked clock speed (air)

Opteron 890
2.8 GHz
Athlon II X2 250
3.72 GHz

overclocked clock speed (water)

Opteron 890
2.8 GHz
Athlon II X2 250
4.04 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Opteron 890  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 2.8 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
940
AM3

features

Has a NX bit 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

details

Opteron 890  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 8 1
Voltage range 1 - UnknownV 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature 0 - 67°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.8 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.8 GHz 4.04 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.8 GHz 3.72 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
Typical power consumption 77.19W 52.81W
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