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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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External Mfg. Website: AMD Jun 02 2009   Julian Apong  
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32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5

Cinebench R10 Source: CINEBENCH

CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores to render a photo-reaslistic image. The scene makes use of various CPU-intensive features such as reflection, ambient occlusion, area lights and procedural shaders. In the first run, the benchmark only uses one CPU (or CPU core), to ascertain a reference value. On computers that have multiple CPUs or CPU cores and on those who simulate multiple CPUs (via HyperThreading or similar technologies), MAXON CINEBENCH will run a second test using all available CPU power. Higher results are best. Cinebench is multi-threaded.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCinebench R10
1 CPU (split between cores) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 3066
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3475
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3306
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 2920
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 2565
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 2570
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 2843
AMD Athlon II X2 250 2686
x CPU (full load all cores) Points Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 12640
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 6732
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 6339
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 10455
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 7064
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 7104
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 5518
AMD Athlon II X2 250 5205

3D ray tracing is one of the best uses for multi-core systems, and having only two cores and a small cache size is like bringing a knife to a quadruple-barreled shotgun fight. The AMD Athlon II X2 250 isn't ideally suited to this kind of rendering application.

Bibble 5.0 Source: Bibble Labs

Bibble 5 is a multi-threaded photographic workflow application that can be used to demonstrate the ability to scale work load across 4, 8, 16 or more processor cores. The basic process we will use for benchmarking is to convert a batch of 50 RAW image files from a digital SLR camera from their original RAW format to JPEG's at full resolution, using the applications default image settings.

Lower results are best.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportBibble 5.0
Batch RAW-to-JPEG Conversion: (sec/Image) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 0.261
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 0.585
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 0.61
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 0.377
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 0.6969
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 0.623
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 0.767
AMD Athlon II X2 250 0.822
Time to Complete 50 Photos: (sec) Ranking
Intel Core i7 920 13
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 29.2
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 30.5
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 17.9
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR2) 20.6969
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (DDR3) 31.2
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 38.3
AMD Athlon II X2 250 41.1

Bibble like multiple cores, so again the Athlon II X2 250 can't quite keep up with the quad-cores. Amongst the dual-cores the new Athlon II processor still gets beaten rather badly by the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, although it isn't that far behind the performance of the 550BE. Once again, the AMD Athlon II X2 250 isn't ideally suited to this kind of rendering application.

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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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