CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of M520 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

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Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of AMD Turion II M520

Reasons to consider the
AMD Turion II M520

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
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
Better performance per watt 2.51 pt/W vs 1.79 pt/W Around 40% better performance per watt
Newer Sep, 2009 vs Jun, 2009 Release date 3 months later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,690 vs 1,971 More than 35% better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
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
Higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 30% higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.43 GHz Around 55% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better geekbench 3 single core score 1,524 vs 1,176 Around 30% better geekbench 3 single core score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2.3 GHz More than 75% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Turion II M520 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

Turion II M520
91,800 MB/s
Athlon II X2 250
120,700 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Turion II M520  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 2.3 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
S1
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
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 35W 65W
Annual home energy cost 8.43 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 30.66 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 2.51 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W

details

Turion II M520  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 45 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.43 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.3 GHz 4.04 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.43 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

bus

Clock speed 400 MHz 2,000 MHz
AMD Turion II M520
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AMD Athlon II X2 250
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