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AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

Reasons to consider the
AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Much higher turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 0 GHz Compared to all cpus, 3.6 GHz turbo clock speed is just OK
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,690 vs 1,494 More than 80% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
Significantly higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.2 GHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Significantly 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
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 1.76 GHz More than 2x 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
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,008 vs 655 Around 55% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Jun, 2009 vs May, 2006 Release date over 3 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2.5x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
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Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 95 °C vs 74 °C Around 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year vs 15.66 $/year More than 45% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year vs 56.94 $/year More than 45% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Athlon II X2 250 vs Turion 64 X2 64

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Athlon II X2 250  vs
Turion 64 X2 64 
Clock speed 3 GHz 2.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz 0 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
AM3
S1
AM2
Is unlocked No No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes No
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 35W
Annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year 8.43 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year 30.66 $/year
Performance per watt 1.79 pt/W 1.82 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 28.44W

details

Athlon II X2 250  vs
Turion 64 X2 64 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 2 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 0 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 0 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 74°C Unknown - 95°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 3.72 GHz 1.76 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz 1.6 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz 1.76 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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