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AMD Athlon II X2 250 CPU Review

Lavalys Everest

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Everest is a comprehensive suite of benchmarking tools that can gauge the theoretical performance of every sub-system and component of your PC. We use the Memory and Cache benchmark to see how data flows into and out of the CPU.

Open the application and go to the Tools menu. Then click Cache and Memory Benchmark and click the Start Benchmark button. Everest will test the speed of all levels of CPU cache as well as memory throughput.

Everest Read Test

  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.4GHz, 1.1GHz HTT)
  • Athlon II X2 250 (2x3.9GHz, 2.4GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon II X2 250 (2x3.0GHz, 2.0GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 7850 BE (2x2.7GHz, 1.8GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x4.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Athlon X2 7850 BE (2x3.1GHz, 2.0GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.1GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x2.5GHz, 800MHz FSB)
  • 8932
  • 8767
  • 7481
  • 7344
  • 7076
  • 7021
  • 6300
  • 5737
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Everest Write Test

  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.4GHz, 1.1GHz HTT)
  • Athlon II X2 250 (2x3.9GHz, 2.4GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x4.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Athlon II X2 250 (2x3.0GHz, 2.0GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.1GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 7850 BE (2x3.1GHz, 2.0GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 7850 BE (2x2.7GHz, 1.8GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x2.5GHz, 800MHz FSB)
  • 9511
  • 7941
  • 7057
  • 7018
  • 6694
  • 5249
  • 4760
  • 4249
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Everest Copy Test

  • Athlon II X2 250 (2x3.9GHz, 2.4GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon II X2 250 (2x3.0GHz, 2.0GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.4GHz, 1.1GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 7850 BE (2x2.7GHz, 1.8GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 7850 BE (2x3.1GHz, 2.0GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x4.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.1GHz, `.0GHz HTT)
  • Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x2.5GHz, 800MHz FSB)
  • 10699
  • 8990
  • 8634
  • 8244
  • 8023
  • 7415
  • 6260
  • 4698
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Everest Latency Test

  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.4GHz, 1.1GHz HTT)
  • Athlon II X2 250 (2x3.9GHz, 2.4GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon II X2 250 (2x3.0GHz, 2.0GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 7850 BE (2x2.7GHz, 1.8GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.1GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • Athlon X2 7850 BE (2x3.1GHz, 2.0GHz NB, 2.0GHz HTT)
  • Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x4.0GHz, 1,333MHz FSB)
  • Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x2.5GHz, 800MHz FSB)
  • 48.5
  • 49.8
  • 56.1
  • 57.4
  • 58.7
  • 62.8
  • 70.6
  • 82.4
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Nanoseconds - lower is better

The DDR3, especially when overclocked, on the Athlon II 250 makes a large difference to the available bandwidth compared to other DDR2 systems, as we'd expect. Even when not overclocked, the 1,066MHz DDR3 makes a large raw difference in bandwidth compared to 800MHz or even 1,066MHz DDR2.