AMD Based Nettop Is Real: Athlon II X2 250u CPU and Sapphire IPC-AM3DD785G Mainboard Review
30 April 2010
Summary: AMD Company doesn’t seem to be very aggressive about entering the components market for miniature and energy-efficient computer systems. Nevertheless, it is quite possible to put together a nettop with an AMD processor and a mainboard on the chipset from the same company. Our lab tested a 25 W Athlon II X2 and a contemporary mini-ITX mainboard for Socket AM3.
Conclusion: The Athlon II X2 250 performed well against our collection of test processors. Looking at the results, I'd say it's a definite improvement over the reigning Athlon X2 7850. It even surpassed the Intel C2D E7400 in a few benchmarks, despite having no L3 cache compared to the Phenom II X2 550. It seems the decision to include 2 MB of L2 cache has helped offset this a bit.
Summary: From our tests results, we would say the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition is comparable to the $113 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo E7300. However, the 2.80 GHz E7400 shares the same price-point. The recently released Pentium E6300 is also a compelling product — it is essentially an E7400 with 1MB less L2 cache and is priced at only $84. From a pure price/performance standpoint, the X2 550 underperforms. If you take power consumption into consideration, things get worse.
Summary: For $87.00, the AMD Athlon II X2 250 is attainable for even the most cash strapped user, and with the options that AMD gives you to use this processor on, how can you say no? It is a great example of price versus performance.
The AMD Athlon II X2 250 performed very well for an entry level chip.
Pros: Affordable, Reverse Compatible, Compatible with both AM2+ and AM3 motherboards, Good Overclock, Efficient, Can meet the needs of an average family
AMD Phenom II X2 550 and AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processors Review
1 June 2009
Summary: The transition to 45nm CPU manufacturing process has already created a revolution among triple- and quad-core AMD processors. Now 45nm cores are ready to go into dual-core CPUs, too. But is a finer manufacturing process enough for AMD to offer something interesting in the sub-$100 price range? Our today’s article should answer this question for you.
Excerpt: AMD (NYSE: AMD) is the customer-centric innovation company, a processing powerhouse that offers smarter choices for its customers and makes technology more accessible to the world. AMD is focused on best meeting the needs of leading computing, wireless and consumer electronics companies to help them deliver high-performance, energy-efficient and visually realistic solutions.
Pros: Cost (Great price for performance), Newer AM3 Socket, Overclocks well, Novice overclocking easy via Overdrive 3
Excerpt: Is £50 enough to buy adequate PC processor performance? One way to find out is to take a punt on the AMD Athlon II X2 250. On paper, it looks promising enough thanks to specifications that would have qualified as high end just a few years ago.