CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 198 vs 250 among desktop CPUs (45 to 75W)

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

3.5

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 overclocking.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Sempron X2 198

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AMD Sempron X2 198

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Newer Jan, 2012 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 2 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
Significantly higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.5 GHz 20% higher clock speed
Much better PassMark score 1,750 vs 1,413 Around 25% better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.5 GHz Around 50% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
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 70.1 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2.5 GHz More than 60% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Sempron X2 198 vs Athlon II X2 250

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Sempron X2 198  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed None 3.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
FM1
AM3

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 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 1.18 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W

details

Sempron X2 198  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
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 0.91 - 1.41V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 70.1°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.5 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.5 GHz 4.04 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.5 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 Sempron X2 198
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AMD Athlon II X2 250
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