AMD Athlon II X2 250 AM3 Processor
Posted on: 23.09.2009 01:00:00

Taken  from AMD website.


AMD Athlon™ II X2 Dual-Core Processor

Model Number


CMOS Technology

Total Dedicated L2 Cache


Thermal Design Power


3.0 GHz

45nm SOI


socket AM3



2.9 GHz

45nm SOI


socket AM3



2.8 GHz

45nm SOI


socket AM3


AMD64 Technology


Simultaneous 32- & 64-bit computing


L1 Cache (Instruction + Data)

64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache per core

X2 - 256KB total L1 per processor

X4 - 512KB total L1 per processor

L2 Cache (total dedicated)

L2 Cache:  2MB total L2 per processor

X2 - 1MB of L2 data cache per core 

X4 - 512KB of L2 cache per core

HyperTransport™ Technology

One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)

Integrated DDR Memory Controller


Memory Controller Width


Type of Memory Supported

X2 - Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-6400 (DDR2-800MHz) -AND- PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066MHz)

X4 - Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2-6400 (DDR2-800MHz) -AND- PC3 10600 (DDR3-1333MHz)

Total Processor-to-System Bandwidth

X2 – Up to 33.1GB/s bandwidth [Up to 17.1 GB/s total bandwidth (DDR3-1066) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

Up to 28.8GB/s bandwidth  [Up to 12.8 GB/s total bandwidth (DDR2-800) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

X4 – Up to 37.3GB/s total bandwidth [Up to 21.3 GB/s memory bandwidth (DDR3-1333) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

Up to 28.8GB/s bandwidth [Up to 12.8 GB/s total bandwidth (DDR2-800) + 16.0GB/s (HT3)]

Process Technology

45 nanometer, SOI (silicon-on-insulator) Technology


socket AM3 (938-pin) organic micro PGA

Thermal Design Power

65W and 95W

Die Size

117 mm2 and 169 mm2

Number of Transistors

~234 million and ~300 million

Manufacturing Sites


AMD Athlon™ II Processor Product Brief

Exceptional Performance

Convert music, HD video, and other media fast2,4

Stay connected to your friends, family, and even your online digital media Browse the Internet, send email, run programs, watch movies, and play multiplayer games2,5

Transfer your media quickly to notebooks, smart phones, and portable media players2,4


Enjoy a cool, quiet, and green PC experience

Help reduce heat and noise

Enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency Enjoy your PC and be energy efficient with next-generation AMD power management technologies

Take full advantage of amazing energy efficiency that uses less power than the previous generation of AMD Athlon™ processors, and enjoy environmentally friendly, energy-efficient performance. Use your PC with confidence knowing you’re using cutting-edge green technologies that use low power and help reduce environmental impact

As you can see the AMD Athlon II 250 offers quite a punch when you consider its price point, It offers those on a budget a great option for and upgrade to take advantage of DD3 memory, but it wont break the bank. Also being in the budget sector means you could generally pick up a motherboard, CPU and Memory and still have change from £200/$300 in your pocket depending what route you went done. Anyway enough of specs and price point, let us get on with the review itself.

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