CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 965 vs 250 among desktop CPUs

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

4.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Phenom II X4 965 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Phenom II X4 965  based on its overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Phenom II X4 965

Reasons to consider the
AMD Phenom II X4 965

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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
Significantly higher clock speed 3.4 GHz vs 3 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
More cores 4 vs 2 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.05 GHz vs 3.72 GHz Around 10% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.22 GHz vs 4.04 GHz Around 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Much lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 152.93W 2.9x lower typical power consumption
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 1.79 pt/W vs 1.08 pt/W More than 65% better performance per watt
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 62 °C Around 20% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 54.06 $/year 3.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 152.42 $/year 2.7x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom II X4 965 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 X4 965
137,800 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)

Reviews Word on the street

Phenom II X4 965  vs Athlon II X2 250 

7.0
6.0

8.8
9.6

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom II X4 965  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 3.4 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 0 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad 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 140W 65W
Annual home energy cost 54.06 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 152.42 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 1.08 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 152.93W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 2,000 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Phenom II X4 965  vs
Athlon II 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 6 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.85 - 1.43V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 62°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 22 25
Overclocked clock speed 4.05 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.22 GHz 4.04 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 3,136.7 2,374.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.05 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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