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Written by Mathew Williams   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
AMD Athlon II X2 250 AM3 Processor
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Athlon II X2 250
Testing and Results
EVEREST Benchmark Tests
Passmark PerformanceTest
PCMark05 Benchmark Tests
Crysis Gaming
Devil May Cry 4 Gaming
SPECperfview CATIA Tests
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Athlon II X2 250

As I mentioned in the intro, the Athlon II X2 250 is based on a brand new native dual core die AMD calls Regor. With a die size of 117.5 mm2 and a transistor count of only 234 million transistors, the X2 250 is considerably smaller than the Deneb-based Phenom II X2 550 that also launched at Computex. Of course, a good portion of the X2 550 die is dedicated to the 6MB of L3 cache that the X2 250 lacks.

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To help make up for that lost cache, AMD added an additional 512 KB to each core of the X2 250, bringing the total L2 cache to 2MB. The associativity remains the same, however, matching AMD's other STARS processors. I should also mention that, despite CPU-Z's erroneous claim below that this is an AM2+ chip, it is indeed AM3; I imagine future versions of CPU-Z will correct this.

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Of other significance is the 2000 MHz HT Link, up 200 MHz from AMD's previous dual core champion: the Athlon X2 7850. Not pictured in these screenshots, the X2 250's memory controller also runs at 2000 MHz and can be configured as either one 128-bit channel or two 64-bit channels. Officially, it only supports DDR3-1066, but if it's anything like AMD's other K10.5 processors, it should pair nicely with the DDR3-1600 in our test system. Also worth mentioning is that even though this is a mainstream processor, it does have full hardware virtualization support. For those looking ahead to Windows 7, this will be required to enable XP Mode.



 

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# Not convincing at allJMember 2010-03-08 17:42
I thought new technology (Phenoms) should run faster than Athlon IIs, but this is not the case ... Which makes me confused. Anyways, it's good to know that it overpasses Intel e7400 =D
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# AM2 Sock.Casper 2010-07-10 03:42
Does it work on AM2 socket?
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# AM2Random 2010-08-15 19:37
Am3 processors are backwards compatible with am2 and am2+ sockets. AM2 and am2+ processors are not compatible with am3 sockets.
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# RE: AMD Athlon II X2 250 AM3 ProcessorHans 2010-10-17 08:33
I have bought this amd athlon 2 x2 250 roughly about a couple of months ago along with msi 785g-e53, 2gig kingston ddr3 and a 500gb of seagate barracuda, and my monitor of choice is a 19 inch hanns-g hw191d. I had fun building my own computer for the first time. I have been using my computer as much as I want, and I have not encountered a single problem with it.
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