CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4200U 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

8.3

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 4200U 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 4200U  based on its performance, single-core performance and power consumption.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 4200U

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 4200U

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Much better performance per watt 38.05 pt/W vs 1.79 pt/W More than 21.2x better performance per watt
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much lower typical power consumption 12.19W vs 52.81W 4.3x 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
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Jun, 2009 Release date over 4 years later
Better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 4,464 vs 2,814 Around 60% better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 1,380 vs 1,008 More than 35% better PassMark (Single core) score
More threads 4 vs 2 Twice as many threads
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year vs 56.94 $/year 4.3x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year vs 15.66 $/year 4.3x lower annual home energy cost
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Much higher clock speed 3 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 85% higher clock speed
Much more l2 cache 2 MB vs 0.5 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 2.6 GHz Around 40% higher turbo clock speed
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.72 GHz vs 2.49 GHz Around 50% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.04 GHz vs 1.6 GHz More than 2.5x better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 4200U 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 4200U
3,015,000 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 4200U  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 1.6 GHz 3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 2.6 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Dual core Dual core
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
SSE4
XOP
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
BMI1
AMD64
SSE4.1
FMA4
FMA3
SSE4.2
ABM
CVT16
AMD-V
Supplemental SSE3
AES
TBM
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 15W 65W
Annual home energy cost 3.61 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 13.14 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 38.05 pt/W 1.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 12.19W 52.81W

details

Core i5 4200U  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 2
L2 cache 0.5 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 3 MB 0 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 0 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 100°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 2.49 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 1.6 GHz 4.04 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 1,713.3 2,374.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 2.49 GHz 3.72 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4400 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 200 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,000 MHz N/A
Intel Core i5 4200U
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