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Written by Mathew Williams   
Wednesday, 03 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

Testing and Results

Before I begin any benchmarking or overclocking, I thoroughly stress the CPU and memory by running Prime95 on all available cores for 12 hours. If no errors are found, I move on to a gaming stress test. To do this, I use Prime95 again to stress the processor, while running an instance of FurMark's stability test on top of this. If the computer survives this test for 2 hours without lockup or corruption, I consider it to be stable and ready for overclocking. After achieving what I feel is stable overclock, I run to these tests again for certainty. The goal of this stress testing is to ensure the clock speeds and settings are stable before performing any benchmarks. After all, what good are performance measures if the system cannot reliably produce them?

Once the hardware is prepared, we begin our testing. Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. This process proved extremely important in the World in Conflict and Supreme Commander benchmarks, as the first run served to cache maps allowing subsequent tests to perform much better than the first. Each test is completed five times, with the average results displayed in our article.

For our Athlon II X2 250 review, the following test systems and comparison processors will be used. While we certainly don't expect the X2 250 to match the performance of all of these processors, including a variety of mainstream and enthusiast hardware allows us to analyze important price per performance considerations. For this particular review, we'll focus on the AMD X2 7850, X2 550, and Intel E7400 as the closest competitors.

Intel LGA775 Test System

  • Processors: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400, Core 2 Quad Q9450
  • Motherboard: Asus P5Q3
  • System Memory: 2x2GB OCZ Platinum DDR3 (1333MHz@6-6-6-20 & 1066MHz@6-6-6-15)
  • Disk Drive: Western Digital 6400AAKS 640GB
  • Optical Drive: LITE-ON iHAS122-04 DVD Burner
  • PSU: Corsair TX850W
  • Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP3

AMD Socket AM3 Test System

AMD Socket AM2/AM2+ Test System

  • Processors: AMD Athlon X2 4850e, Athlon X2 7850 BE
  • Motherboard: Asus M3A78-EM
  • System Memory: 2x2GB G.SKILL DDR2 (800MHz@4-4-4-12 or 1066MHz@5-5-5-15)
  • Disk Drive: Western Digital 6400AAKS 640GB
  • Optical Drive: LITE-ON iHAS122-04 DVD Burner
  • PSU: Corsair TX850W
  • Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP3

Benchmark Applications

  • EVEREST Ultimate Edition v5.01 by Lavalys
  • Passmark PerformanceTest
  • PCMark05 v1.2.0 by Futurmark Corporation
  • Crysis Benchmark Tool
  • Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark
  • SPECviewperf v10.0 by Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation



# 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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