AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor Review

Synthetic Benchmarks

Synthetic Benchmarks
And so we begin our series of tests with a number of popular synthetic benchmarks. These programs will test our systems featuring the processors in question in simulated environments to derive scores that give us an idea of the magnitude of a CPU's performance.
SANDRA's Arithmetic benchmark shows the Athlon II X2 250 being outpaced by 20% and 16% in Dhrystone and Whetstone tests respectively. Once overclocked, it's 900MHz clockspeed advantage allowed a 4% and 11% lead over a Core 2 Duo E8400 at it's reference clock speeds.

In the CPU Multimedia test, our Athlon II and Core 2 Duo were performing nigh on par with each other. This test does not particularly benefit from large amounts of cache.
This test is more of a cross platform comparison rather than a processor comparison, seeing that the memory controller on our LGA775 test setup is part of the Intel X48 Northbridge, while the memory controller on our Socket AM3 platform is integrated into the Athlon II itself. No surprises here.
Again, this is more of a platform test and in this case we're comparing the MA770T UD3P's SB710 Southbridge with the Foxconn BlackOps' ICH10R Southbridge. Neither seem to be outperforming as such with our Samsung Spipoint F1 Hard Disk Drive.
Naturally this is more an all round system benchmark with a considerable dependance on the Graphics Card as well as the Processor. The score has been broken down into sections to get an idea of how the test setups performed. As you can see, neither processors are bottlenecking a midrange graphics card like the GeForce 8800GT and so either are more than respectable choices if gaming performance is crucial. Here, we see the E8400 taking a lead over the X2 250 by 15% in the CPU test.
Once again returning to the world of CPU intensive benchmarks, CinebenchR10 analyses the speed at which a processor renders a high resolution image and outputs a score accordingly. The test was carried out in singlethreaded and multithreaded mode. Once again, the E8400 slaps the X2 250 around the back of it's heatspreader with a 10% margin.
PCMark Vantage shows a lead of 4% over the X2 250. The little AMD is fighting hard! Turn over the page to have a look at the last set of synthetic benchmarks as well as gaming benchmarks.
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29-08-2009, 06:30:41

"In June of this year, AMD launched it's budget/mainstream line of processors named Athlon II. Today we checkout the top-end X2 250 model." -by Mul.

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor ReviewQuote

29-08-2009, 06:48:44

Much cheaper than the 8400 but still just pipped to the post in benches. Makes me wonder if its FSB related though. Nice clock for a cheap chip though Quote

29-08-2009, 06:49:49

Good review comparison.

I think this Athlon is very good value for the weight it's punching at.Quote

29-08-2009, 07:54:16

Nice review. Great value for money.

Its a CPU like this that I think I'll put in that new Linux box for the parents.Quote

30-08-2009, 08:58:58

Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
Much cheaper than the 8400 but still just pipped to the post in benches. Makes me wonder if its FSB related though. Nice clock for a cheap chip though
You are indeed onto something there. While higher HTT Base Clocks or even the HTT Link Speed has little bearing on performance unless ran well under 1.0GHz, high Northbridge Frequencies, such as an increase from 2.0GHz to 2.60GHz makes a notable difference. Perhaps some official testing with regards to Northbridge Frequency would be an interesting read? Quote

01-09-2009, 14:38:31

For the price of a pentium 5200, I would be tempted to use one of these, especially if I was building a budget machine for a (non-overclocking) relative. It looks like a pretty good punch for its price, even if it is beaten by the 8400.Quote

01-09-2009, 17:22:08

Got a mail-shot from Aria today for E5200 about £40 including vat.Quote

01-09-2009, 17:36:27

Hmmm...I might still be tempted by the athlon if I were to put it in someone's pc and forget about it, I can't see trying to explain to a relative how to alter the bios of an unfamiliar machine over the phone being much fun.

Still a good price there for the 5200Quote

02-09-2009, 06:07:39

It's very much not like the old days with pc kit.

Previously u would argue with urself if to get a new generation or previous generation.

A 4g (very cheap), 775 mobo (top end blood £80 somewhere), E5200 (very cheap). Possibly £165 for the lot, cheaper 775 mobos are out there too.

.. and spend all ur cash on the gpu.

That rig will flatten any game.

Can it oc ? Of-friggin-course it can.Quote

02-09-2009, 07:22:35

Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Got a mail-shot from Aria today for E5200 about £40 including vat.
I received this as well. Stonking price for a monster overclocker though a shame that after postage isn't priced too far from the likes of other sites that offer free postage.Quote

02-09-2009, 09:06:38

Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'

A 4g (very cheap), 775 mobo (top end blood £80 somewhere), E5200 (very cheap). Possibly £165 for the lot, cheaper 775 mobos are out there too.
£220 for the top single gpu.

£40 for a hdd

£20 for an optical

£50 for a case.

£75 for a psu.

£30 cooler.

£600 for a rig that'll play anything as-good as ur m8s' i7.

U could skimp £100 here and there on bits, being picky.

Hehe modern tech is a joke.Quote

20-03-2010, 06:56:11

what was your NB voltage set at when you pushed the NB to 2600? I have the asus m4a77td with the same chipset but unable to get it stable at 3.9GHZ using the same settings.Quote

21-03-2010, 08:57:50


The Northbridge frequency of 2600MHz was attained at default voltages. Do bear in mind that your mileage may vary with any overclock and sometimes, the limits of the integrated memory controller can be as low as 2200-2400MHz.

Hope that helps.Quote

21-03-2010, 17:40:52

I've been screwing with my board for 2 days straight trying different settings, I was just fine at 3750 using 250x15 with a 1.45 vcore 2000mhz HT and 2500MHZ CPU/NB and I was able to keep my ram at 1666 with 1.8v instead of lowering it to 1333 and the rest of the voltages were set to auto then ran it through 12 hours of prime blend and 12 hours of occt which both passed then the other day while playing a game it froze so I rechecked with prime95 and it got about 5 min into the test and failed. I have no probs running the large or small fft tests its just anything that uses lots of ram. I even backed the timings off as far as 9-9-9-26 and ran memtest overnight with no errors. you think raising the HT to 2200 might help? I would prefer to keep my ram just slightly overclocked if possible. I have to get stable at 250x15 before I can shoot for 260x15 but I'm just lost as to why it all of a sudden it went from good enough to crap lolQuote

30-12-2010, 01:11:11

Thanks for the review. I've been squirreling away money when I can to replace this aging rig I have now, and was not that pleased with the info I got in my first few searches. Well, a quick change to the search string and OC3D was there. LOL! I picked up the Athlon 2 250 for about $50 and an Asus M4N68t-M for about the same. Next is ram, then the vid card. And yes I"m still drooling over SSDs. But, I do want to thank you for letting me know what I'll be running and its capabilities. Excellently written and researched, IMHO.Quote

30-01-2011, 15:30:10

I have one of those, excellent for OC. I got mine quite high and stable.Quote

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