CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 3600+ vs 250 among all 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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
AMD Athlon II X2 250 

CPUBoss recommends the AMD Athlon II X2 250  based on its performance and single-core performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
AMD Sempron 3600+

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Slightly lower typical power consumption 50.38W vs 52.81W Around 5% lower typical power consumption
Slightly lower annual commercial energy cost 54.31 $/year vs 56.94 $/year Around 5% lower annual commercial energy cost
Slightly lower annual home energy cost 14.94 $/year vs 15.66 $/year Around 5% lower annual home energy cost
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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
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 2 MB l2 cache is just OK
Significantly higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2 GHz 50% higher clock speed
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1 MB/core l2 cache per core is just OK
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.16 GHz Around 75% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,524 vs 831 Around 85% better geekbench 3 single core score
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 55 °C Around 35% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jun, 2009 vs May, 2006 Release date over 3 years later
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2 GHz More than 2x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Better PassMark score 1,750 vs 429 More than 4x better PassMark score
Better performance per watt 1.79 pt/W vs 0.52 pt/W Around 3.5x better performance per watt

Benchmarks Real world tests of Sempron 3600+ 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

Sempron 3600+
54.7 MB/s
Athlon II X2 250
120,700 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Sempron 3600+  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 2 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Single core Dual core
Socket type
AM2
S1
754
AM3
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support No 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 62W 65W
Annual home energy cost 14.94 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 54.31 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 0.52 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 50.38W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 333 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Sempron 3600+  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 1 2
L2 cache 0 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 55°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.16 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2 GHz 4.04 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 913.7 2,374.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.16 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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