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AMD Athlon II X2 250


$100.00 Released June, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Receptive to some overclocking, can add about 0.4GHz to stock speed. Inexpensive for the 3.0GHz stock clock speed and two cores. Ideal budget replacement for single-core systems.

The Cons:Included fan has a high pitched drone when under heavy load. Does not feature any hyperthreading like many competing/higher priced models.

The Athlon II X2 250 is a dual-core processor from AMD, based on the company's Phenom processors. It is designed to work best with Windows 7. It also has entry-level pricing and is supposed to be up to 50% more efficient than previous-generation Athlon II's during most tasks, which helps reduce heat and noise output as a byproduct.

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It operates with simultaneous 32- and 64- bit processing and has 2MB of L2 cache and 65W thermal design power. It uses AMD's socket AM3 and supports DDR2 and DDR3 RAM, and overall the chip has a 3.0GHz processing frequency.

Features

  • Released June 2009
  • Dual-core, 3.0GHz processing
  • Optimal with Windows 7 and with other AMD platforms
  • AMD 64 technology, simultaneous 32- and 64- bit processing
  • More efficient than previous Athlon II line, up to 50%
  • Quiet
  • Compatible with DDR2 and DDR3 RAM
  • 2MB L2 cache
  • 45 nm SOI CMOS
  • 65W TPD
  • 16bit/16bit HyperTransport, up to 4.0GHz total
  • Socket AM3

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    Receptive to some overclocking, can add about 0.4GHz to stock speed

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    Inexpensive for the 3.0GHz stock clock speed and two cores

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    Ideal budget replacement for single-core systems

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    Low power consumption, tends to work much lower than rating

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    Remains cool even under heavy demand, coolers work effectively

Cons
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    Included fan has a high pitched drone when under heavy load

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    Does not feature any hyperthreading like many competing/higher priced models

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