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Front view of Intel Celeron G550

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Intel Celeron G550

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Much more l3 cache 2 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 2 MB l3 cache is just OK
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much more l3 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
Newer Jun, 2012 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 3 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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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 2.6 GHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.75 GHz More than 35% 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 69.1 °C More than 5% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2.6 GHz More than 55% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Celeron G550 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

Celeron G550
128,850 MB/s
Athlon II X2 250
120,700 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Celeron G550  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 2.6 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 1155
AM3

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
AVX 1.1
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 850 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz N/A

details

Celeron G550  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
L3 cache 2 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 69.1°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 1 25
Overclocked clock speed 2.75 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.6 GHz 4.04 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,224.3 2,374.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.75 GHz 3.72 GHz

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 2.11 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 52.81W 52.81W
Intel Celeron G550
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