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Front view of AMD Phenom X3 8250e

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More cores 3 vs 2 1 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 3 vs 2 1 more threads
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 240

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Much higher clock speed 2.8 GHz vs 1.9 GHz More than 45% 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 (Single core) score 938 vs 619 More than 50% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much better performance per watt 1.67 pt/W vs 1.04 pt/W More than 60% better performance per watt
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.67 GHz vs 2.38 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 71 °C Around 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jul, 2009 vs Sep, 2008 Release date 10 months later

Benchmarks Real world tests of Phenom X3 8250e vs Athlon II X2 240

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Phenom X3 8250e  vs
Athlon II X2 240 
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 2.8 GHz
Cores Tri core Dual core
Socket type
940
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
SSE3
SSE
CLMUL
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
SSE4.2
CVT16
AMD-V
3DNow!
AES
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 1.04 pt/W 1.67 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Phenom X3 8250e  vs
Athlon II X2 240 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 3 2
L2 cache 2 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L3 cache per core 0.67 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 65 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 71°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.38 GHz 3.67 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.75 GHz 2.8 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.38 GHz 3.67 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

bus

Clock speed 1,800 MHz 2,000 MHz
AMD Phenom X3 8250e
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