Legit Processor Reviews
AMD Athlon II X2 255 Dual Core 3.1GHz Processor Review
|Product:||AMD Athlon II X2 255|
|Date:||Fri, Feb 12, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The AMD Athlon II X2 255 had a more than solid performance when putting through the paces today. It may not have performed as well as the Quad Core processors did, but keep in mind it is a dual core processor. When I ran the benchmarks on 1 core of each processor I was astonished to see the performance. The AMD Athlon II X2 255 was at or near the top of the list in those benchmarks.
With the current price of memory today you are most likely going to spend more on the memory than you will on the AMD Athlon II X2 255 which currently comes in at a price of $74.99. Currently the lowest cost 4GB DDR3 (2x2GB) kit of memory is $84.99 with free shipping at a major e-tailor. Although, there is no shortage of motherboards to support the AMD Athlon II series, which means you can have your pick of the litter in that department. Prices on motherboards range anywhere from $47.00 up to $185.00 so you can spend just about anything you want on it. It all depends on the features you are looking for.
Running at a total price of about $275.00, the system I used for testing has been a solid set-up. You would be able to lower that price using some lower cost parts and still have a solid system. If you are looking for a low cost system for gaming or for a daily driver to play around on the Internet, a system based around the AMD Athlon II X2 255 is quite possibly the right one for you. It is all going to come down to one simple rule; how fast do you want to go and how much do you want to spend?
If you are in the market for a dual core system like we tested here today, I would recommend the AMD Athlon II X2 255. While it may be a few dollars more than the Athlon II X2 240 is, I feel the 300MHz boost is a worthy investment. This is a great dual-core processor that is fast and easy on the budget!
Legit Bottom Line: Outperforming the competition in lightly threaded apps proves the AMD Athlon II X2 255 will be a solid choice if you're likely going to run mainly lightly threaded programs.
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Page 1 - AMD Athlon II X2 255 CPU
Page 2 - The Test System
Page 3 - Sandra 2010 Memory Bandwidth
Page 4 - PCMark Vantage
Page 5 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 6 - POV-Ray
Page 7 - Photodex Proshow 4.0
Page 8 - Cinebench 10
Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 10 - Colin McRae: DiRT 2
Page 11 - Overclocking the AMD Athlon II X2 255
Page 12 - Power Consumption
Page 13 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion