AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor Review

Synthetic Benchmarks Continued & Gaming

Synthetic Benchmarks Cont'd...
Passmark is yet another all round system benchmark but includes a set of credible Processor tests. Our Core 2 Duo E8400 flew through this benchmark, with a 20% lead and even pipping the 3.90GHz Athlon II!
Another clear win for Intel pushing a 28% lead over the X2 250. Once again, even when overclocked it was unable to match the E8400.

Now this particular ageing application is a bit of an oddball in that it heavily prefers Intel's Core architectures. It goes without saying but we shall not be using this particular result to form our conclusions. Do however note the respectable scaling of the Athlon II with a 24% speedup from a 30% overclock.
Gaming Performance
Microsoft Flight Simulator X is a very CPU dependant game even in high resolutions and is therefore an ideal game for this test. Both processors held up high framearates however the E8400 still ran the show with an average framerate of just under 104fps, 27% higher than the Athlon II.
Racedriver GRID represented a 14% higher result for the E8400.
Interestingly, both processors were on par with each other in Call of Duty 4. The Athlon II X2 250's overclock did not offer any performance gains.
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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

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