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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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Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AMD Oct 20 2009   Julian Apong  
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Energy Effcient CPU Overclocking

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz

3.5 GHz

Multiplier / Bus Speed: 14x 200MHz

14x 250MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

AMD's 2.8GHz dual-core 45nm Athlon II X2 240e energy efficient processor is based on the 'Regor' architecture, and we're expecting its peak overclocking to be in the same ballpark as the AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor (which went from 3.0GHz up to 3.75GHz on air cooling).

First thing's first. In order not to hold the processor back the Corsair DDR3-1066 CM3X2G1600C9DHX memory was set to run in DDR3-800 MHz mode. The CPU clock multiplier was kept at its default of 14x and from there the bus speed on the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT motherboard was increased from 200MHz on up.

Overclocking in 15 MHz increments, the Athlon II X2 240e CPU was rapidly overclocked from 200MHz to 215MHz... 230... 240... 250 and then 260MHz. Unfortunately the chip wasn't able to maintain this speed and crashed moments after POST. The bus speed had to be reduced to 250MHz before the processor would play nice, so in the end AMD's Athlon II X2 240e processor overclocked from 2.8GHz to a decent 3.5GHz on standard air cooling.

PCSTATS got a similar 700MHz overclock from the Athlon II X2 250 processor, but it's a little disappointing that the Athlon II X2 240e fell short of 3.7GHz.

Of course, we should also point out that this 45W processor really is not intended for overclocking in the first place. Doing so defeats the purpose of buying an energy efficient processor, doesn't it?

Prelude to Benchmarks

For this review PCSTATS is running the benchmark suite in both Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems. Hopefully this will help you make an informed decision in the coming months as Windows 7 adoption firms up. For the most part, benchmark results are not significantly different between the two operating systems, although certain tests do see advantages under Win 7.

Over the following page we'll be running AMD's 2.8GHz Athlon II X2 240e processor though PCSTATS standard set of gaming, productivity, and multi-threaded processor benchmarks. There are a wide variety of gaming and synthetic benchmarks here to illustrate what kind of performance boost users can expect from the latest dual-core socket AM3 AMD processor. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next several pages.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2 Reference System #3
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition
AMD Athlon II X4 620
AMD Athlon II X3 435
AMD Athlon II X2 250
AMD Athlon II X2 240e

Intel Core i5 750

Intel Core i7 920 Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
CPU Process Technology: 45nm 45nm 45nm 45nm
Socket: Socket AM3 Socket LGA1156 Socket LGA1366 Socket LGA775
Clock Speed:

17x 200MHz = 3.4 GHz (965 BE)
16x 200MHz = 3.2 GHz(955 BE)
14 x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz (720 BE)
15.5x 200MHz = 3.1 GHz (550BE)
13x 200MHz = 2.6 GHz (AIIX4 620)
14.5x 200MHz = 2.9 GHz (AIIX3 435)
15x 200MHz = 3.0 GHz (AIIX2 250)
14x 200 MHz = 2.8 GHz (AIIX2 240e)

20x 133MHz = 2.66 GHz 20 x 133 MHz = 2.67 GHz 9.5 x 333 MHz = 3.16GHz (E8500)
9 x 333 MHz = 3.0 GHz< BR > (E8500)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX) Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 (Intel P55)
MSI X58 Platinum (X58 Express)

MSI X48 Platinum (X48 Express)

Videocard: ASUS ENGTS250 DK
(Geforce GTS250)
ASUS ENGTS250 DK
(Geforce GTS250)
ASUS ENGTS250 DK
(Geforce GTS 250)
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E
(Geforce 8800GTS)
Memory:

2x2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9 DDR3
2x1GB Patriot PDC32G1600LLK DDR3

2x2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C8 DDR3 3x2GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D DDR3

2x1GB Patriot PDC32G1600LLK DDR3

Hard Drive:

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740

Optical Drive:

ASUS BC-1205PT-BD

Power Supply:

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W

Heatsink:

Athlon64 K8 Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference 1156 Heatsink Intel Reference 1366 Heatsink Intel Reference 775 Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
AMD Catalyst 9.8
nVIDIA Forceware 190.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
Intel 9.1.1.1019
nVIDIA Forceware 190.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.1.0.1012
nVIDIA Forceware 182.08

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.0.0.1008
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25

Benchmarks:
System Benchmarks:
SYSmark 2007
PCMark Vantage
SiSoft Sandra 2009

Calculation B/M:
Super Pi 1.5
wPrime 2.0
ScienceMark 2.3
WinRAR 3.8
Bibble 5

Rendering B/M:
Cinebench R10
POV-Ray 3.7
SPECviewPerf 10

Gaming B/M:
3DMark06
3DMark Vantage
Cyrsis
FEAR

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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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