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AMD Athlon II X2 240e 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 Dual-Core 45W Processor Review

AMD Athlon II X2 240e 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 Dual-Core 45W Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The AMD Athlon II X2 240e is a 2.8GHz dual-core processor based on the AMD Regor core with a TDP of just 45W. The 'e' behind the Athlon II X2 240e model name indicates that it's one of AMDs Energy Efficient processors.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Oct 20 2009   Julian Apong  
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King of Low Wattage?

Making a processor like the Athlon II X2 240e is something that AMD wouldn't have been able to do even a year ago, when the company was stuck on a 65nm manufacturing node and its processors tended to suck a lot of power and make a lot of heat.

AMD's current generation of Phenom II and Athlon II processors have trimmed off a lot of that excess power usage, and AMD has taken advantage of it the smart way. Some of its processors, like the Phenom II, have gotten a much-needed increase in speed to compete with the likes of Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 series of processors. AMD's mainstream processors go in the opposite direction, trading off potential speed increases for very real gains in power efficiency and reductions in price.

The 2.8GHz, $80 CDN ($77 USD, £50 GBP) Athlon II X2 240e takes this design approach even further, and its 45W TDP makes it one of the most efficient processors that PCSTATS has benchmarked. The only processor that used less electricity under load was AMD's Sempron 3600+ chip.

With 2MB of L2 cache and no L3 cache at all, the performance of the Athlon II X2 240e isn't the fastest (in fact it was pretty consistently the slowest), but it remains fast enough for use in office applications and simple tasks like HD media decoding, while running applications like BitTorrent at the same time. It can handle pretty much everything you'd expect from an always-on office desktop computer.

When matched up with AMD's 785G chipset on a microATX motherboard, it's possible to build a tiny Athlon II X2 240e-based system for less than $400. The only real thing stopping the Athlon II X2 240e from sweeping the low-wattage, low-price processor market is that AMD already has another processors just like it in the form of the AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor. The Athlon II X2 250 draws a little bit more power (about 10W) and is a little bit faster (approx. 5-7%) and costs slightly more (around $10).

If you have to choose between the two, you'll likely want the Athlon II X2 250 processor if you're building a primary computer system that will need that bit of extra speed, and the Athlon II X2 240e for a PC that's just staying on in the background. It's a tiny margin though, so either processor can be a winner in the right setting.

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Contents of Article: AMD AMD Athlon II X2 240e
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon II X2 240e 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 Dual-Core 45W Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Core-by-Core System Power Draw
 Pg 3.  Energy Effcient CPU Overclocking
 Pg 4.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 5.  32-bit CPU System Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Processor
 Pg 7.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Benchmarks: Sandra 2009 Memory
 Pg 8.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: Super Pi
 Pg 9.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: wPrime2.0
 Pg 10.  32-Bit CPU Calculation Benchmarks: ScienceMark2.3, WinRAR
 Pg 11.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: Cinebench R10, Bibble 5
 Pg 12.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: POV-Ray
 Pg 13.  32-Bit CPU Rendering Benchmarks: SPECviewPerf 10
 Pg 14.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 15.  32-Bit CPU Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark 06
 Pg 16.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 17.  32-Bit CPU Gaming Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 18.  — King of Low Wattage?

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