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Front view of AMD Phenom II X2 Black 560

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X2 Black 560

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Much more l3 cache 6 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 6 MB l3 cache is just OK
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Higher clock speed 3.3 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much more l3 cache per core 3 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 3 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.18 GHz vs 3.72 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.4 GHz vs 4.04 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Newer Sep, 2010 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 1 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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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 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 115.35W 2.2x lower typical power consumption
Much better performance per watt 1.79 pt/W vs 1 pt/W Around 80% better performance per watt
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 70 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 41.17 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 114.41 $/year 2x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X2 Black 560 vs Athlon 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

Phenom II X2 Black 560
133,400 MB/s
Athlon II X2 250
120,700 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Cinebench R11.5

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X2 Black 560  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 3.3 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
AM3
Is unlocked Yes 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 80W 65W
Annual home energy cost 41.17 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 114.41 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 115.35W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Phenom II X2 Black 560  vs
Athlon 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 6 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 3 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.88 - 1.4V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 70°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.18 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.4 GHz 4.04 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.18 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
AMD Phenom II X2 Black 560
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