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AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:25 pm

AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Today, AMD is announcing not one, but two new exciting 45nm dual-cores! First, they are introducing the first-ever Athlon II processor. To top that off they are releasing a Phenom II X2 550 Processor that runs at 3.1GHz with a massive 6MB of shared L3 cache. Read on to see what these processors are all about!

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We increased the multiplier from x15.5 all the way up to x19 and then increased the bus speed from 200MHz to 215MHz with little effort. This was enough to break the 4GHz mark as the overall clock frequency was 4.09Ghz, which is great. This is an overclock of 985MHz, which is roughly what we saw on the Athlon II X2 250 processor. It seems both of these processors love to be overclocked at we were able to get nearly 1GHz overclocks with air cooling! Not bad for $87 and $102 processors if you ask us.



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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby FeRaL » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:29 pm

Looks nice, one could build one heck of a htpc on the cheap with these puppies. Heck, even a cheap gaming rig would be not too shabby with e OCs these can pull off...
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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby GI-JOE » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:25 am

Is there anyway you could stick an intel e5200 in the review? I'd like to see where my cpu is compared to these new ones.
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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:30 am

GI-JOE wrote:Is there anyway you could stick an intel e5200 in the review? I'd like to see where my cpu is compared to these new ones.


sadly, I don't have one... BUT It will be about 2-5% slower than the Intel E7200 shown in the charts that I did benchmark.

Intel E7200 - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz Processor with 3MB of L2 cache
Intel e5200 - Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.5 GHz Processor with 2MB of L2 cache
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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby GI-JOE » Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:01 am

Apoptosis wrote:
GI-JOE wrote:Is there anyway you could stick an intel e5200 in the review? I'd like to see where my cpu is compared to these new ones.


sadly, I don't have one... BUT It will be about 2-5% slower than the Intel E7200 shown in the charts that I did benchmark.

Intel E7200 - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz Processor with 3MB of L2 cache
Intel e5200 - Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.5 GHz Processor with 2MB of L2 cache


That's ok. I was just figured I'd ask in case you had one with all the benches already done. Thanks!
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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:58 am

Addded some game testing benchmarks to the mix, so there are two new pages in this review... One on World In Conflict and the other on Crysis Warhead.

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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby Athlonite » Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:02 pm

the game benchies might be nicer if the non oc vs oc where to appear someplace :)
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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby geokilla » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:42 pm

How's the core unlocking on the Phenom II?
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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby FeRaL » Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:07 am

Would have liked to have seen come Core i7 comparisons in the game benches.
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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:10 am

FeRaL wrote:Would have liked to have seen come Core i7 comparisons in the game benches.


Check this review - http://www.legitreviews.com/article/986/12/

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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby FeRaL » Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:43 pm

Apoptosis wrote:
FeRaL wrote:Would have liked to have seen come Core i7 comparisons in the game benches.


Check this review - http://www.legitreviews.com/article/986/12/

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Many thanks Apop!
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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby normal » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:06 am

I've read a lot of reviews .

why are the phenoms always mistreated.The I-series get 1600DDR3,the phenoms 800DDR2.
The new phenoms have a DDR3 controller.The I-series get 6Gigs the phenoms only 4Gigs.
I only want a non-biased review.No cheats.
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Re: AMD Athlon II X2 250 and Phenom II X2 550 Processors

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:22 am

It's not cheating... With the charts pushing 30 processors it's impossible to keep things 100% fair... 6GB versus 4GB in the applications we benchmark with don't matter. Our games, excel benchmarks and movie editing tests don't use all 4GB, so the extra 2GB that the Core I7 platforms isn't being used.

The Phenom II's were run at 1066MHz and not 800MHz, which does make a performance difference.
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