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AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review

AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Enter the socket AM3, AMD Athlon II X2 250 microprocessor - a new 3.0GHz mainstream dual-core chip based on the Phenom 'Deneb' architecture, but crucially stripped of all L3 cache.
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Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AMD Jun 02 2009   Julian Apong  
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32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0, ScienceMark2, WinRAR

Super Pi Mod 1.5 Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The benchmark is fairly diverse and allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 Thousand to 32 Million. The benchmark, which uses 19 iterations in the test, is set 1 Million digits.

Lower calculation times are better. SuperPi is not multi-threaded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSuper Pi Mod 1.5 XS
1 Million Digits: (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 13.516
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 14.8
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 15.5
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 21.699
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 24.5
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 24.398
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 22.24
AMD Athlon II X2 250 25.865
8 Million Digits: (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 173.92
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 190.538
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 198
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 269.615
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 0
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 301.923
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 275.19
AMD Athlon II X2 250 288.464
16 Million Digits: (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 384.78
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 422.51
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 426
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 606.372
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 0
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 671.513
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 622.79
AMD Athlon II X2 250 637.423

The single threaded performance of the Athlon II X2 250 is very near that of the Phenom II X2 550 BE, and at times exceeds that of the Phenom II X3 720 BE, which is 400MHz slower.

wPrime 2.0 Source: WPrime

wPrime uses a recursive call of Newton's method for estimating functions, with f(x)=x2-k, where k is the number we're sqrting, until Sgn(f(x)/f'(x)) does not equal that of the previous iteration, starting with an estimation of k/2. It then uses an iterative calling of the estimation method a set amount of times to increase the accuracy of the results. It then confirms that n(k)2=k to ensure the calculation was correct. It repeats this for all numbers from 1 to the requested maximum.

Lower calculation times are better. wPrime is multi-threaded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportwPrime 2.0
32 Million Digits (1 thread): (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 51.156
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 50.466
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 53.64
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 45.115
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 52.354
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 51.901
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 48.173
AMD Athlon II X2 250 49.827
32 Million Digits (2 thread): (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 25.828
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 25.49
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 27.078
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 22.682
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 26.537
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 26.256
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 24.242
AMD Athlon II X2 250 25.007
32 Million Digits (all thread): (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 9.547
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 25.49
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 27.078
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 11.84
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 18.219
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 17.936
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 24.242
AMD Athlon II X2 250 25.007

With all threads enabled, the number crunching powers of the Athlon II X2 250 CPU exceed that of the Core 2 Duo E8400 and E8500 processors, but it's still a little slower than its cousin, the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition.

ScienceMark 2.3 Source: ScienceMark

Mol Dyn: Molecular Dynamics is a method for simulating the thermodynamic behaviour of materials using their forces, velocities, and positions. Most important of the afore mentioned is the force. Primordia: This code calculates the Quantum Mechanical Hartree-Fock Orbital for each electron in any element of the periodic table lower times indicate better results.

Lower calculation times are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportScienceMark 2.3
Primordia: (sec) 2-core (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 214.30866
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 182.98519
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 193.09425
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 180.79589
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 206.44843
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 205.89
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 187.42693
AMD Athlon II X2 250 194.40944
Mol Dyn: (sec) 2-core (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 40.44002
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 43.53948
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 46.56567
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 49.00769
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 56.19517
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 55.893
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 50.63983
AMD Athlon II X2 250 52.47853

Sciencemark actually has the Athlon II X2 250 beating out the mighty Intel Core i7 920 in the Primordia dual-core test, but the results flip completely in the Mol Dyn test, which is likely more typical of real world performance.

WinRAR Internal Benchmark Source: RARLabs

This command generates random data, which contain specially introduced redundancy increasing load to processor and memory. Then data are passed through RAR compression and decompression algorithms and output of decompression algorithm is compared with source data. If any difference found, WinRAR reports "Errors found - Yes" in the command window. Also WinRAR displays a size of processed data and compression speed, current and resulting, in kilobytes per second. You may use the resulting speed value to compare RAR performance in different conditions.

Higher results are better.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportWinRAR 3.8 Internal Benchmark
KB/s Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 3012
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 923
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 1058
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 1866
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 1534
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 1435
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 970
AMD Athlon II X2 250 887

The Athlon II X2 250 doesn't exactly do well in WinRAR, which loves large amounts of memory bandwidth and high frequency speeds.

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon II X2 250
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  System Power Draw Tests and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Test System Specs / Benchmarks: Sysmark, PCMark Vantage
 Pg 4.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Processor / Memory
 Pg 5.  — 32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi, wPrime2.0, ScienceMark2, WinRAR
 Pg 6.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray, 3.7, SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06
 Pg 9.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis, FEAR

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