The complete specifications of Phenom II X2 550 and Athlon II X2 250 are summed up in the table below:
The new dual-core AMD processors should definitely raise the performance bar compared with the previous generation Athlon X2. The new Stars (K10) microarchitecture, higher clock frequencies, larger cache-memory as well as support of faster DDR3 SDRAM made sure of that.
We are going to post the detailed performance analysis for the new AMD Phenom II X2 550 and Athlon II X2 250 processors on the day of the official launch, and in the meanwhile we would like to share with you some preliminary benchmark results that will give you some idea of the newcomers’ performance compared with a popular dual-core Intel solution.
As we can see, the competition gets pretty intense. While dual-core CPUs on 65nm cores could only compete against Intel Pentium solutions, the new Athlon II X2 and Phenom II X2 attempt much more than that.
Winding up our first encounter with the new 45nm dual-core CPUs from AMD, we attempted to overclock them, because the new cores have definitely brought the company solutions back into the overclocking-friendly camp. All tests were performed in a system featuring Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P mainboards and Scythe Mugen CPU cooler. This is what our complete system looked like:
Athlon II X2 250 overclocked to 3.9GHz with the Vcore increased by 0.175V above the nominal and remained absolutely stable throughout the tests.
In this case we increased the integrated North Bridge frequency up to 2.6GHz and its voltage – by 0.1V.
This is a very good result, showing that dual-core AMD processors on 45nm cores will overclock way better than their triple- and quad-core fellows. The results of our Phenom II X2 550 overclocking experiments confirm this assumption as well. This processor remained stable at 3.98GHz frequency with the core voltage increased by 0.15V.
The North Bridge built into this CPU overclocked to 2.43GHz. Note that Phenom II X2 550 belongs to the Black Edition series that is why we could also tweak its multiplier alongside with the clock generator frequency.
Anyway, Phenom II X2 550 and Athlon II X2 250 processors promise to be extremely interesting solutions. Stay tuned for an extensive review on our site that will be coming out shortly.