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Front view of Intel Pentium 4 541

Reasons to consider the
Intel Pentium 4 541

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Higher clock speed 3.2 GHz vs 3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Significantly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.94 GHz vs 3.72 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Front view of AMD Athlon II X2 250

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AMD Athlon II X2 250

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Much newer manufacturing process 32 nm vs 90 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
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
Much better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score 2,690 vs 961 More than 2.8x better geekbench 2 (32-bit) score
More cores 2 vs 1 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for maximum performance when needed, while conserving power and minimizing heat production when not needed
Has virtualization support Yes vs No Somewhat common; Boosts performance of virtual machines
Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 68.25W Around 25% lower typical power consumption
Much higher Maximum operating temperature 74 °C vs 67.7 °C Around 10% higher Maximum operating temperature
Newer Jun, 2009 vs Jul, 2004 Release date over 4 years later
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 20.24 $/year Around 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 73.58 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentium 4 541 vs Athlon II X2 250

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench (64-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Pentium 4 541  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Clock speed 3.2 GHz 3 GHz
Cores Single core Dual core
Socket type
LGA 775
AM3

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support No 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 No Yes

power consumption

TDP 84W 65W
Annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year 56.94 $/year
Typical power consumption 68.25W 52.81W

bus

Clock speed 800 MHz 2,000 MHz

details

Pentium 4 541  vs
Athlon II X2 250 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 2 2
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 1 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 90 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Voltage range 1.2 - 1.43V 0.85 - 1.43V
Operating temperature Unknown - 67.7°C Unknown - 74°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 5 25
Overclocked clock speed 3.94 GHz 3.72 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4 GHz 4.04 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 806.4 2,374.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 3.94 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
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