CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 2450M 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

7.5

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 2450M 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 2450M  based on its performance, single-core performance and power consumption.

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Front view of Intel Core i5 2450M

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 2450M

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 2450M

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per watt 19.45 pt/W vs 1.79 pt/W More than 10.8x better performance per watt
Significantly lower typical power consumption 28.44W vs 52.81W More than 45% lower typical power consumption
Much more l3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core vs 0 MB/core Compared to all cpus, 1.5 MB/core l3 cache per core is just OK
More l3 cache 3 MB vs 0 MB Compared to all cpus, 3 MB l3 cache is just OK
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 100 °C vs 74 °C More than 35% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,752 vs 2,814 Around 70% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,403 vs 1,008 Around 40% better PassMark (Single core) score
Newer Jan, 2012 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 2 years later
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
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
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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 2.5 GHz 20% higher clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 3.1 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.5 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.94 GHz More than 25% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 2.87 GHz More than 40% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 2450M 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

Core i5 2450M
1,980,000 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

Core i5 2450M  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 2.5 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.1 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
Socket type
rPGA 988B
BGA 1023
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
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 19.45 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 28.44W 52.81W

details

Core i5 2450M  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 32 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.94 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 2.87 GHz 4.04 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,980.6 2,374.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.94 GHz 3.72 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 3000 N/A
Number of displays supported 2 N/A
GPU clock speed 650 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,300 MHz N/A
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