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"Thanks to the 45nm process and low TDP (65W), the Athlon II X2 250 should also be a good overclocker. Although we didn't include a detailed overclocking section in this review, preliminary testing yielded a stable clock speed of 3.6 GHz on air, a 20% increase over stock. The catch here is that unlike a Black Edition part, we were limited to overclocking only through adjustments to the bus speed.
At only $87 MSRP, the Athlon II X2 250 brings the efficiency and performance of AMD's 45nm STARS architecture to the masses at an incredible price. Compared to the Phenom II X2 550 that also launched at Computex, it is a bit slower. However, what you give up in cache, you save in cash. Put it to good use. "
"For a price tag of $87, I must say the performance is amazing. In two out of five real-world gaming benchmarks, the Athlon II was able to beat the $165 E8400. It also pulled ahead in many other benchmarks, for example PCMark Vantage and WinRAR. I am sure it would have owned any other processor in its price range, being the E6300 or E5400. Odds will be that it can also wipe the floor with the E7400 which is clocked at the same frequency as the E6300.
However, it is somewhat disappointing that the Athlon II cannot manage higher memory frequencies; it is limited to DDR2-800 or DDR3-1066, compared to Phenom IIs which can run DDR3-1600 without any problems. Memory bandwidth is greatly reduced; SiSoft Sandra revealed 2/3 of a GB/s were removed compared to the Phenom II which ran the memory at 1333MHz."
"If you're building a bang per buck system that needs to perform well straight out of the box then this is a fantastic processor, performing within inches of the E8400 and the savings incurred all you to buy a motherboard to actually use it. If the idea is to save even more money, it could well be an option to opt for it's slower brother, the Athlon II X2 240 built upon the same foundations, 200MHz slower but £13 cheaper. If however overclocking is part of the plan, while this processor is no slow coach, there are better choices to be had including the more expensive Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition or if future upgradability is less of a concern, the Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 and E6300.
All in all, an excellent replacement for the aging AMD Athlon 64 X2 range with an excellent price tag and performance to boot. Good work, AMD."
"Indeed, at $96 CDN ($87 USD, £55 GBP), the biggest competition the Athlon II X2 250 has is from other AMD processors. The Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition tends to be a little bit faster across the board, and doesn't cost a whole lot more. AMD also has a ton of processors in the $65-90 range that are still on shelves, some of which have larger cache sizes and clock speeds than the Athlon II X2 250, and make it more difficult for the first Athlon II processor to really distinguish itself.
That's more of an issue for AMD's retail managers than for the well-educated readers of PCSTATS though. If you're looking to spend less than $100 on a new AMD CPU upgrade, the Athlon II X2 250 is a very easy choice. It's power-efficient, cool, inexpensive and has enough CPU horsepower and overclocking potential to let you keep up with today's desktop applications."